June 21, 2018

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Brigid Alverson

About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #93

Let’s take a look at the latest exploits of Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery, Inc., gang in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #93: Off on a long-overdue vacation, Scooby and the gang travel to a photographic safari park, where their only plan is to get up close with nature. But nature gets a whole […]

Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s ‘Spill Zone’ Wins EGL Book of the Year Award

Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s Spill Zone, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s Real Friends, and Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies were among the winning graphic novels in this inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, which were presented Saturday evening at Denver Comic Con. The awards were created and administered by Pop Culture Classroom, the […]

DC Reveals Covers, More Details on DC Zoom and DC Ink Graphic Novels

Just ahead of the American Library Association annual meeting, DC has revealed more details on its upcoming line of DC Zoom graphic novels for middle-grade readers and DC Ink graphic novels for young adults. DC Zoom will launch in April 2019. Here’s the lineup: Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated […]

13 Manga Series To Share with Teens This Summer

This has been a bountiful year for manga, in terms of both quantity and quality, and there’s more on the way! Stock your shelves with these series, perfect for summer reading.

Preview: ‘Betty and Veronica Comics Digest’ #262

In the new lead story to Betty and Veronica Comics Digest #262, our leading ladies head out to the great outdoors. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as any Archie Comics fan can tell you! The issue goes on sale on Wednesday. Enjoy!

Preview: ‘World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #79

Summer vacation is around the corner, so it’s time for some warm-weather hijinks with the Riverdale gang. What’s this? Archie is thrilled to be starting his summer vacation—too bad he failed biology and has to be tutored by Miss Grundy! Archie soon realizes Ms. Grundy is a lot more fun outside of school… but will […]

Exclusive: BOOM! Studios Announces ‘The Great Wiz and the Ruckus’

We’re breaking some great graphic novel news this morning: BOOM! Studios will publish the original graphic novel The Great Wiz and the Ruckus by animator Joey McCormick, with colors by Whitney Cogar, under their KaBOOM! imprint in February 2019. Get a load of that cover! Here’s what the story is about: Red, a blind Wiz […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘The Little Book of Knowledge: Sharks’

IDW has been publishing a series of French imports titled The Little Book of Knowledge, and unlike the similar books you may have read as a child, they cover a wide range of topics, from tattoos to New Hollywood. Their latest one, though, is about sharks, and it is (the publisher assures me) “perfect for […]

Preview: Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #289

The brand-new lead story of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #289 is ripped straight from… the Brady Bunch? Archie decides his room is too small so he moves to the attic—but the catch is he has to fix it up himself. Expect some classic Archie laffs! This digest is scheduled to go on sale on May […]

Gina Gagliano Has Big Plans for Random House Graphic

Brigid Alverson sat down with Gagliano at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in her brief week between jobs, to discuss what she hopes to accomplish at Random House Graphic.

Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #243

Here’s a first look at Looney Tunes #243, which serves up another heaping helping of timeless humor—this time with a Wild West theme: An Old West-style amusement park gets a little too real when visitors Elmer and Daffy get into trouble with park employees—or are they?—Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and the Tasmanian Devil! It’s the […]

Preview: ‘Archie and Me Digest’ #7

Let’s start off the week with some laffs! Here’s a preview of Archie and Me Digest #7, with a brand-new lead story with a tried-and-true plot: Archie breaks his father’s treasured vinyl record. This preview also includes some older stories, including one by classic Archie artist Bob Bolling. The digest goes on sale on Wednesday. […]

Announcement and Interview: First Second to Publish ‘Marshmallow and Jordan’

We’ve got big news today: First Second’s announcement of a new middle-grade graphic novel, Marshmallow and Jordan, by newcomer Alina Chau. Chau has a beautiful watercolor style (you can see more of her work at her website), and Marshmallow and Jordan has an intriguing premise: After a severe car accident, Jordan uses a wheelchair full-time. […]

Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Friends Comics Digest’ #261

Let’s start off the week with a preview! Betty and Veronica go on a college tour in the new lead story to Betty & Veronica Friends Comics Digest #261, and things go sideways when the school mascot gets into the act. Then we have a couple of pages of classic B&V tales. The digest goes […]

Exclusive Preview: Lion Forge to Publish Brenna Thummler’s ‘Sheets’

Marjorie Glatt, the lead character of Brenna Thummler’s Sheets, feels invisible—most of the time. Her mother has recently died, and her father has disappeared into his own pain, leaving the 13-year-old to care for her brother and run the family business—a laundromat that her mother started when she was 19. At school, she drifts along […]

Preview: Bake a Cake and Fix Your Car with Maker Comics!

We have a real treat for you today: A first look at two of First Second’s new Maker Comics, both of which will debut in Winter 2019: Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn Koch and Maker Comics: Fix a Car! by Chris Schweizer. The description of each book is below the preview. Enjoy! […]

Exclusive: BOOM! Studios to Publish ‘Hex Vet’

We’re pleased to be the ones breaking the news today about a new original graphic novel: Hex Vet, by Sam Davies, creator of the webcomic Shutterhug), is a story about two young witches who are also vets. Check out the cover art, above, by Davies; full details on the book are below—but really, a book […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #78

Today’s preview features an Archie character we weren’t familiar with: In the brand-new lead story to World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #78, Brigitte Reilly is— Wait, who? Brigitte Reilly is one of the lesser known characters in the Archieverse, but Wikipedia tells us she is an exchange student who has been around since the […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #37

In this month’s issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Supergirl calls on Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang to help her sort out a super-haunting: Supergirl may be as invulnerable as her cousin, but even bulletproof skin can’t help her when she’s haunted by the ghosts of Krypton! Is it a hoax? A message from the Phantom […]

Preview: ‘The Best of Archie Americana: Silver Age,’ vol. 2

We’re getting nostalgic today with a preview of vol. 2 of The Best of Archie Americana: Silver Age, which collects classic Archie stories from the 1960s and 1970s, including some stories drawn by Dan DeCarlo, who really defined the classic Silver…