September 21, 2017

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10 to Note: Fall Preview 2017

It’s about that time. Time to look at the children’s book offerings of the upcoming season and point out 10 that have me especially excited. Picture Books Hilda and the Runaway Baby by Daisy Hirst September 12 | Candlewick Press | PreK-1 Babies: comedy gold. Daisy Hirst has been making a bunch of great picture […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #29

Here’s some more preview fun to get us ready for the week: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #29, with Top Cat joining in the fun: Hoagy’s Alley—haunted?! Scooby will have to form an unlikely cat-and-dog alliance with Top Cat’s gang of con-artist felines to unmask the freeloading phantom—unless, of course, the ghost is real! The comic will be […]

Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Friends Fall Annual Digest’ #255

It’s been a heavy week, so we’re wrapping up with a few lighthearted previews. First up: Betty & Veronica Friends Fall Annual Digest #255. The Riverdale gang is going back to school, just like everyone else, and in the brand-new lead story, Veronica is shocking her friends by beating out her fellow students on an […]

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go’ #23

We’re chilling out after a tough weekend with a couple of exclusive previews of next week’s comics. First up: Teen Titans Go #23: The Justice League is stopping by Titans Tower, but this time it’s not about saving the world. Nope, today it’s about “Misadventures in Babysitting.” Then, when the Teen Titans make their heroic […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #84

Nothing says “Saturday morning” like Scooby-Doo, amirite? Here’s a sneak peek at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #84, coming to comics shops on August 9: Medieval theme restaurant Joust in Thyme has it all: minstrels wandering between tables, live jousting tournaments…and the terrifying ghost of an 800-year-old knight! There’s only one way Sir Scooby and Sir […]

Interview & Exclusive Preview: Dan Parent on ‘Your Pal Archie’

Archie Comics made a major change two years ago when it rebooted its iconic properties with a new, more naturalistic style and slightly more “mature” storylines. Fans of the classic Archie style could still get the old stories—and some new ones in the traditional style—in Archie’s many monthly digests. And then, earlier this year, Archie […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #28

Here’s a look at Scooby-Doo Team-Up #28 which is also out on July 26: The gang uncovers a tale of their great-great-grandparents (and grand-dog!) in the old West. When monstrous rumors bring the Weirdness Wagon to town, will they find a fearsome beast, or just come face-to-scarred-face with the lawman Jonah Hex?

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #238

We’re wrapping up this Comic-Con weekend with a couple of previews of upcoming comics. First up is Looney Tunes #238: Wile E. Coyote’s new Acme universal remote does more than just control his TV. It can slow, pause and speed up anything around it, and might be just the thing he needs to catch the […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #83

Scooby and the gang head to the Old West (or rather, a dude ranch) in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #83—and even Shaggy is packing heat! Howdy partners! There’s a Wild West mystery to be solved by a crew of city slickers and their dog. Ya see, the cattle have skedaddled, and there’s a ghost in […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Summer Annual’ #70

More Archie! World of Archie Summer Annual #70 kicks off with an original story written by Dan Parent (does this man ever sleep?): In “Club Dread,” Veronica brings the gang to a fun-filled island resort. But she doesn’t tell them about the horror-themed murder mystery event that happens at night! Find out when the digest […]

Preview: ‘Archie 75th Anniversary Digest’ #11

We’re enjoying some all-American Archie comics this Independence Day. If you missed the “Archie Marries” storyline the first time around—or if you just feel like taking a walk down Memory Lane—then Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #11 is for you: It recaps the story that started all the fuss. The comic is out on July 5. […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #37

Plastic Man calls on the Mystery, Inc., gang to convince his friend Woozy (who is more than a little reminiscent of Popeye’s Wimpy) that he’s not really cursed in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #37: A fortune-teller has predicted doom for Plastic Man’s sidekick, Woozy Winks! Plas needs the Scooby gang to find out if the fortune-teller’s curse […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2017

Here we go, folks. One season, Ten books that I’m excited about. Books that make me go . . . Let’s begin. Picture Books Monster’s New Undies by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Tad Carpenter Orchard Books | June 27 | Grades PreK-2 Decades from now we will look back at the twenty teens and remember […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #22

We have a musical interlude for you today with an exclusive preview of Teen Titans Go! #22: Something “Smells like Teen Titans Spirit” when Raven judges a musical competition and Punk Rocket’s band threatens to shake the city to pieces! Then our heroes grow “Bored of the Dance” when Starfire’s plans for a Titans Prom […]

Exclusive Preview: ”Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #82

Scooby and the gang hit the road in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #82, in order to investigate a stange being that’s terrorizing a truck stop: For truckers on a midnight run, an all-night truck stop is a sight for sore eyes…unless it’s haunted by the Truck Stop Terror! With truckers running for their lives, and […]

Preview: ‘Surfside Girls’

Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable characters, sunny colors, and supernatural mystery, it’s a perfect summer read. I got an early look at it a few weeks ago and was instantly smitten—it’s a mystery with ghosts and history mixed up into it, the sort of book I loved as a […]