January 16, 2018

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Graphic Novelist Katie O’Neill Talks Tea Dragons

The creator of Princess, Princess Ever After chats about her new book.

Guest Post: Thoughts on NYPL/NYCC and the Sanctuary of Stories

Today I am happy to welcome Peter Gutierrez back to the site. Peter is a writer and media consultant who has a lot to say about comics and literacy, and he is reporting today on the New York Comic Con sessions at the New York Public Library. With a couple of weeks to reflect, I’m […]

Preview: ‘Archie Holiday Annual’ #283

It’s almost Halloween, and you know what that means: Time to start thinking about the holidays! The Archie folks are kicking things off with Archie Holiday Annual #283, featuring an original story by Dan Parent and Bill Golliher. The comic comes …

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #31

Let’s get small this Monday morning with a preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #31! Scooby and the gang get positively microscopic when they pay a visit to The Atom: Normally, ghosts make Shaggy want to curl up small to hide. But that won’t help him his time—not when the Atom shrinks Scooby and the gang down […]

Presentation: Adult Graphic Novels for Teens

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending the Mass Library Systems Teen Summit, where I made a presentation on “Adult Graphic Novels for Teens.” Here’s the PowerPoint deck, which is mostly book recommendations. I started out with a brief discussion of the topic and what sorts of adult books work well for teens—keeping in […]

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #24

Here’s a cure for the Monday blues: A preview of Teen Titans Go! #24, in which our try to build team spirit with a party game but end up in another dimension: Things get “Twisted” when the Titans borrow a game Starfire brought from home. Who knew they’d merge into one giant pizza-eating, self-destructive bundle […]

NYCC News: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avatar,’ and ‘Dinosaucers’

New York Comic Con, which took place last weekend, was the last big comic con of 2017, and publishers finished out the season with plenty of news and announcements. We already posted about First Second’s Maker Comics, but here are a few more NYCC announcements. Dark Horse announced that Faith Erin Hicks, the creator of […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #86

It’s a holiday for some people and a just another Monday for others, but either way, it’s a good day to kick back with some spooky fun. Here’s an advance look at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #86, which hits comic shops on Wednesday: When Velma is forced to stay awake in a hospital bed for […]

NYCC News: First Second to Make Maker Comics

Following on the success of their Science Comics line, First Second announced at New York Comic Con that they will launch a new line of how-to comics. The first one will be a book on baking by Falynn Koch, creator of Science Comics: Bats and Science Comics: Plague Germs (GC4K readers got a look at […]

Trailer: ‘Spooky & the Strange Tales: Monster Inn’

We’re kicking off the first week of October with a spooky book trailer to get us into the Halloween spirit! Spooky & the Strange Tales: Monster Inn by Carine-M and Élian Black’mor, a lighthearted story about a mysterious little girl staying in a boardinghouse for monsters. Check it out: Carine-M and Élian Black’mor are a […]

Preview: Looney Tunes #239

We’ve got another preview for you today: Looney Tunes #239, which sends Daffy, Bugs, and the gang off to the final frontier: When Captain Bugs Bunny faces the wrath of Fudd, it’s not only the scwewy wabbit who asks “What’s space opera, Doc?” Will Bugs live long and prosper? And what about Daffy Duck, Elmer […]

Preview: ‘B and V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest’ #256

The Archie gang are getting into the Halloween spirit in B and V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #256—and that starts with the brand new lead story, “They’re Creepy and They’re Kooky…” We’ve got a taste of that, plus some classic Betty and Veronica fun, to start off your week. The comic is due out on […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #30

The folks at FEMA are stumped when they get a warning of impending disaster—from the Gnome King. Who you gonna call? Depends, apparently, as one agent calls Mystery Inc. and the other calls the Challengers of the Unknown—and that brings out the competitive side of both teams. See what happens in our exclusive preview of […]

Review: ‘The Art of Pokemon Adventures’

The Art of Pokemon Adventures By Satoshi Yamamoto Viz, $24.99 Pokemon Adventures is an all-ages manga that hews pretty closely to the Pokemon video games, so this handsome art book should have plenty of appeal to those who love the games as well as the comics. All the art in this book is by Satoshi […]

Preview: ‘Archie’s Funhouse’ #28

Pop Tate takes center stage in Archie’s Funhouse #28, when his ice cream sundae makes the cut for a TV channel’s best-in-the-nation contest. And then in a second story, Archie and Jughead try to make him an internet sensation! Catch the start of the hijinks in our exclusive preview; the comic will be out on […]

Interview: Ermahgerd! ‘Goosebumps’ Comics!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of R.L. Stine’s first Goosebumps book, and the series seems to be aging gracefully, with plenty of spinoffs, a movie, and a graphic novel adaptation. Now there are more comics, as IDW announced a new Goosebumps series at Comic-Con International in San Diego last July. The comics will feature […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #85

The puns just write themselves in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #85, when the Mystery, Inc., gang takes to the golf links—and encounter an alligator: Paranormal is par for the course when a night of miniature golf turns into a bogey of boos as Mystery Inc. is threatened by a ghoulish gator. Can they stop this […]

Interview: Falynn Koch on Bugs and Bats

Falynn Koch’s newest book in First Second’s Science Comics line, Science Comics: Plagues, came out last week, so I figured it’s a good time to post the interview I did with her at C2E2 last April. Koch is also the author of Science Comics: Bats, so we started with that. You can keep up with […]

Preview: ‘Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact’

Here’s a preview of a new YA sci fi graphic novel coming out next week: Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact, the debut book from writer Matt Mair Lowery and artist Cassie Anderson. The storyline is straightforward but packs a punch: Aliens invade the earth, and Cleo the lead character, sees her father killed before her eyes—and […]

Preview: Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #282

Let’s kick off the unofficial start of fall with a pumpkin-themed Archie preview: In the new lead story of Archie Comics Jumbo Digest #282, Archie grows a ginormous pumpkin—and now he has to figure out how to move it. Hilarious complications ensue! The comic goes on sale on Wednesday. Enjoy!