February 23, 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.

YALSA Releases Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a.k.a. YALSA, has posted its 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. This year’s list includes 115 titles, selected from 190 nominations, and it’s quite wide-ranging. Here’s the top ten: The Backstagers, by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh (BOOM! Studios) Black Hammer, vol. 1: Secret Origins, by Jeff […]

Review: ‘Fish Girl’

Fish Girl By Donna Jo Napoli and David Weisner Clarion Books Grades 5-7 Fish Girl is a modern fairy tale, and like so many of the old ones, it’s a story of abuse and escape. It’s beautifully drawn, well told, and carries a message of great value: Question authority. Beyond that, it may help certain […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Jumbo Digest’ #76

This President’s Weekend preview of World of Archie Jumbo Digest #76 kicks off with a brand new story from writer Alex Simmons (who is also the moving force behind the Kids Comic Con in the Bronx) and another Archie veteran, artist Bill Galvan. T…

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #90

It’s trouble with bubbles for the Mystery Inc. gang in this week’s preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #90: Ghosts may wear sheets, but our heroes never expected to find one haunting their local laundromat! Will Shaggy be doomed to wear dirty socks forever? It gives whole new meaning to the phrase “Bubble, bubble, toil […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest’ #258

On this chilly weekend, check out some cool cartoons from the upcoming edition of B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #258. In the brand-new lead story, Veronica decides to make her cousin Harper’s hand-sewn handbags go viral. The classic stories feature Betty being Betty, Veronica being Veronica, and there’s a slice of a story featuring Chuck […]

Exclusive: First Second Announces ‘Displacement’

We’ve got some big news this morning: A new graphic novel announcement from First Second. Displacement, by Kiku Hughes, is a middle-grade graphic novel about family and history: In 1942, Ernestina Teranishi and her parents were taken from their home in San Francisco and forced into an American concentration camp. They were among the 120,000 […]

Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #34

Daphne and Velma join the Birds of Prey in today’s preview from Scooby-Doo Team-Up #34, which is due out in comic shops on Wednesday: Batgirl, Black Canary and their teammates call themselves “Birds of Prey,” but they may become prey themselves when Gotham City’s besieged by mythical birds. Still, they might be able to unravel […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #241

It’s Saturday morning, so we have some classic Saturday morning cartoon fun for you in this exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #241. When Granny brings her pets to the movies, Sylvester sees the darkened theater as the perfect place for his favorite snack: a bucket of hot buttered Tweety! As if! As usual the fun […]

Review: ‘The Golem’s Mighty Swing’

The Golem’s Mighty Swing By James Sturm Drawn and Quarterly The Golem’s Mighty Swing is a story set in an earlier, simpler time, when old men lounged on the porch of the general store, kids wore knickers and newsboy caps, and people lived in small towns where everybody knew everybody. You can almost smell the […]

Links: Cybils Finalists Announced

The nominees for the Cybils, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, have been announced, and here are the finalists in the graphic novel categories: Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani Real Friends, by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham Suee and the Shadow, by Ginger Ly and Molly Park The Big Bad […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #75

We’re kicking off the week with a bit of topical humor from the Archie folks—yes, you read that right! In the new lead story to World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #75, Archie and the gang start a movement to protest the cancellation of their favorite TV show, Game of Crowns. Plus we have a […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #89

Pizza time! Scooby and the gang go to their favorite pizzeria in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #89, but their meal is interrupted by a fiery, kale-hating ghost: Is there such a thing as bad pizza?! According to the ghost of Gerolamo, there is! Can the gang solve this mystery before Shaggy and Scooby go through […]

Roundtable: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Happy New Year! As we leave 2017 behind and plunge into 2018, some of the Good Comics for Kids bloggers paused to look back at what they liked best about 2017—and what they are looking forward to in the new year! Johanna: My favorite thing about 2017 was attending SPX and MoCCA Fest, two of […]

Preview: ‘Archie & Me Digest’ #3

Here’s an advance look at Archie & Me Digest #3, which features a new lead story in the traditional style by Archie veterans Dan Parent and Bill Galvan. The comic goes on sale on December 27. Enjoy!

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #33

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc., gang head to the 31st century in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #33 to help the Legion of Super Heroes get the ghost of Ferro Lad out of their headquarters: The Legion of Super Heroes’ clubhouse is haunted—and the only one who can crack the case is that so-called “legendary ghost-hunter from history,” […]

Preview: ‘Your Pal Archie’ #5

Earlier this year, Archie Comics launched yet another version of its flagship comic with Your Pal Archie, which is drawn in a hybrid style that falls between the traditional Archie house style and the new look of its rebooted, more “mature” Riverdale comics. Your Pal Archie is written and inked by Ty Templeton and penciled […]

Exclusive: Dark Horse to Release New Edition of ‘House of Night’

Back in 2012, Dark Horse published House of Night: Legacy, a graphic novel written by P.C. and Kristin Cast, set in the same world as their House of Night prose novels. The story takes place after the first volume, and it consists of the characters telling stories about vampyres (that’s how they spell it) taking […]

Preview: ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You?’ #88

This weekend’s preview is an early look at Scooby Doo, Where Are You? #88: Mystery for sale! When Fred decides to trade the Mystery Machine in for a new ride, the gang heads to Earnest Eddie’s Emporium of used cars. But the scary Slimmer Man that haunts the lot will do anything to make sure […]

Preview: ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You?’ #88

This weekend’s preview is an early look at Scooby Doo, Where Are You? #88: Mystery for sale! When Fred decides to trade the Mystery Machine in for a new ride, the gang heads to Earnest Eddie’s Emporium of used cars. But the scary Slimmer Man that haunts the lot will do anything to make sure […]

Exclusive: BOOM! to Publish Felipe Nunes’ ‘Dodo’

We have some exclusive news for you this morning: BOOM! Studios will publish the all ages graphic novel Dodo, by Felipe Nunes, in May 2018 in its KaBOOM imprint. Dodo was first published in Brazil, where Nunes lives and works; he is a protégé of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, the award-winning comics creators. Here’s […]