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Review: Olympians Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

Review: Olympians Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

The tales of the Olympians continues with the arrival of Aphrodite. From her mysterious origin at the beginning of time to the seeds of war sowed in a power struggle at a wedding, Aphrodite shows the true power of love to both humans and gods alike. None can escape its many guises, even if they [...]

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost, the creative trio behind Adventures in Cartooning and its sequels, got kids excited about drawing comics, and now they have a new book that goes in a different direction: Sleepless Knight, which will be out later this year, is a story comic, not an instructional book, in which [...]

Interview: Danica Novgorodoff on ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’

Interview: Danica Novgorodoff on ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’

In 2007, artist Danica Novgorodoff was reading through an issue of The Economist magazine when she came across an article about the persistence of the tradition of “ghost marriages” in China—apparently, when some young unmarried men die early, their family members will try to secure a so-called “corpse bride” to bury with them, so that [...]

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626721036 Ages 7-11 On shelves now James Kochalka has always had a penchant for the outright silly. If nothing else his Johnny Boo series of books have said as much. He’s not afraid to go for the [...]

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

James Kochalka’s latest graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, is deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. The story of a goofy spaceman on a crazy mission (accompanied by his talking backpack), it is longer than Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher graphic novels, which just allows more craziness to pile up as the story [...]

Review: Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour

Review: Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour

Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour By Paul Pope Image Comics; $24.99 The first volume of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, the artist’s long-awaited, long-in-the-works graphic novel series for young readers from publisher First Second, was one of the most anticipated works of 2013. The book itself was just one way for fans of Pope’s [...]

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second; $17.99 In writing about the heroic journey in his influential Hero With a Thousand Faces, pop comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell cited “the call to adventure” as the beginning of a mythic quest. James Kochalka’s Glorkian Warrior, a pink-skinned, three-eyed alien dude with a “super [...]

Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk is not your average 19th century woman. Raised by globetrotting parents, she has traveled from the courts of Europe to America’s wild west to Japan, picking up not just new skills but a fervent love for adventure. Her chance meeting with the more ordinary Turkish lieutenant Erdemogul Selim takes them both on an [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This [...]

A “What to Read While You’re Waiting for Faith and Rainbow’s Book to Come Out” Reading List

A “What to Read While You’re Waiting for Faith and Rainbow’s Book to Come Out” Reading List

Last Thursday, First Second sent out a press release announcing that Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Landline) and Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong) are teaming up to create a graphic novel together. But, because they are both currently working on other projects, it’ll be quite some time before said [...]

Spring 2014 Graphic Novels for Teens: Mix and Match

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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.

Exclusive interview and cover reveal: Stratford Zoo

Exclusive interview and cover reveal: Stratford Zoo

Stratford Zoo, due out next fall from First Second, is a Shakespeare graphic novel with a twist: The play is enacted by animals in a zoo. The series, written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Zack Gaillongo (of Broxo and Ewoks fame), kicks off with a fur-and-feathers production of Macbeth, and the second volume will [...]

Graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement—and a comic that helped inspire it

Graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement—and a comic that helped inspire it

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, I wanted to post a couple of links relating to graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement. Rep. John Lewis’s memoir March was one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013. On this site, Esther reviewed it and Eva interviewed the co-author, Andrew Aydin, who is [...]

This Week’s Comics: Goddess of Adventure

This Week’s Comics: Goddess of Adventure

The first comic list of the new year continues all the great titles from last year as well as debuting some new ones. Archie Comics continues its release of the trades of the early Sonic the Hedgehog comics with volume 3 of the Legacy series. Relive your favorite TV episodes of My Little Pony and [...]

Review: Curses! Foiled Agen

Review: Curses! Foiled Agen

In our GC4K’s Book Club discussion of Foiled, much of the “complaint” was that the book was mostly a set-up for a future story.  But for those who read Foiled, and wanted to know more about Aliera’s world, then they’ll be happy to grab the next installment, because the story continued and it was a [...]

Graphic Novel Roundup: A Study in Contrasts

Graphic Novel Roundup: A Study in Contrasts

It’s been a strong year for graphic novels. Boxers & Saints is increasingly looking like a frontrunner, but there’s also Relish, March, Book One (don’t worry, we’re definitely covering this one as soon as we get a copy), and now the two titles that are up for discussion this morning: Delilah Dirk & The Turkish Lieutenant and The [...]

Graphic Novel Round-up

Graphic Novel Round-up

Today we look at four graphic novels which together show the vast range of the format, in terms of artwork, content, and form. The Cute Girl Network, written by Greg Means and MK Reed and illustrated by Joe Flood, shows the format at its most traditional: cartoon-like artwork, fully sequential panels, and a standard romantic [...]

Boxers & Saints — Or, What Defines “Book” Anyway?

Boxers & Saints — Or, What Defines “Book” Anyway?

I had hoped to post this before the NBA was announced, but fate (and also one very lively 6-year-old) intervened, and then intervened some more. Regardless, here’s a verbatim transcript of my thinking when I finished Boxers & Saints: Wow. Also, hmmm. I read the two volumes back to back in the intended order, and [...]

Roundtable: Boxers & Saints

Roundtable: Boxers & Saints

Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume set Boxers & Saints is one of the most talked-about books of the year—the internet is dotted with reviews of the book and interviews with Yang—and when we started talking among ourselves, we quickly realized that we all had plenty to say—and we didn’t always agree. So we decided to put [...]

First Second announces new trilogy from Faith Erin Hicks

First Second announces new trilogy from Faith Erin Hicks

First Second made a big announcement yesterday: They will publish The Nameless City, a new trilogy from writer and artist Faith Erin Hicks. Here’s the blurb: An unlikely friendship forms between Nameless City native Rat, and Kai, whose country has recently conquered her city. The two of them must find common ground between their cultures [...]