November 21, 2017

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Review: ‘Calla Cthulhu’

Calla Cthulhu Writers: Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer Artists: Erin Humiston and Mario A. Gonzalez Dark Horse Books; $12.99 Rated 14+ The mythos of cosmic horror that H.P. Lovecraft created and curated during his short writing career has always proved a curiously inviting and creatively fertile milieu for other writers to work in, on, and […]

10 Graphic Novels That Are Not Quite of This World

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson rounds up her top picks of graphic novels for teens publishing in fall 2017, which run the gamut from fairy-tale princesses taking over the kingdom to a boy falling in love with a ghost.

Q&A: Margaret Atwood, Graphic Novelist

Margaret Atwood tackles a new medium with “Angel Catbird,” an all-ages graphic novel trilogy created with artist Johnnie Christmas.

Interview: Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta Hit the Road in ‘Soupy Leaves Home’

Cecil Castellucci, the writer of The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, and Odd Duck, announced her newest project last month: Soupy Leaves Home, a YA graphic novel about a Depression-era girl who runs away from home and completely reinvents herself, disguising herself as a boy and riding the rails as a hobo. I […]

A Thousand Praises for A Thousand Nights

A Thousand Nights, E.K. Johnston Hyperion, October 2015 Reviewed from ARC I already told you this is a great year for fantasy, and I’m back to today to continue building the case. And this is probably the one that most deserves the Printz, because for all the brilliance of The Scorpion Rules, the originality of […]

Review: The Courageous Princess

The Courageous Princess was part of my library’s core Graphic Novel collection. Though I hadn’t more than glanced through the title at the time, I had purchased it, because at the time it was one of the few female heroines in comics. And I liked it even more that this female heroine wasn’t scantily dressed […]

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.

Drugged by Love?

Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, September 2014 Reviewed from ARC So, I think I made it pretty clear last year that I really like Alaya Dawn Johnson’s style. She’s smart and she writes books that appeal to me as a reader. But if you dismiss this as just another fangirl […]

Interview: Kel McDonald on ‘Misfits of Avalon’

Kel McDonald may be the youngest veteran creator in the business. She started her webcomic Sorcery 101 while she was in high school, and she’s about to wrap it up and collect it into an omnibus edition that she’s funding on Kickstarter. She has also Kickstarted several other books, including two Cautionary Fables and Fairy […]

Review: The Complete Elfquest Volume 1

Ten thousand years ago, the palace of a magical race appeared in the skies of a primitive world with two moons and crashed to the ground. The inhabitants of that world, humans who were little more than brutes, reacted to these otherworldly invaders with fear and lashed out violently. The few survivors of the palace […]

Dark Horse Brings Tomb Raider Back to Comics

Recently, the video game Tomb Raider and its main character Lara Croft got a reboot, taking Lara back to her beginnings as an archaeologist and tough adventurer. Dark Horse Comics has picked up on the popularity of the video game and has a new ongoing series coming out which continues Lara’s story from where it […]

Victorian Violence

Robert Louis Stevenson published The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886, and the next year Arthur Conan Doyle published A Study in Scarlet, the first novel to feature Sherlock Holmes–both works set in the heart of London. And in September of 1888, the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper began […]

Spring 2014 Graphic Novels for Teens: Mix and Match

Brigid Alverson, the editor of SLJ‘s Good Comics for Kids blog, curates a list of must-read graphic novels set to publish in Spring 2014. From a slice-of-life drama, teenage wastelands, a trek across the Antarctic, and crazy shoujo manga goodness, these reads make great picks for teens.