April 20, 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.

Links: ‘Drama’ Among the Most Challenged Books—Again

The American Library Association released its list of the 10 most challenged books of 2017 last week, and this year, there was only one graphic novel: Raina Telgemeier’s Drama, which has become sort of a perennial. Some important takeaways from this year’s list is that more than ever, books for children and teens are being […]

Exclusive: Ryan Ferrier & Roger Langridge Team Up on ‘Criminy’

Big news from Dark Horse this week, and we’ve got the scoop: Roger Langridge (Snarked!, Abigail and the Snowman, The Baker Street Peculiars) and Ryan Ferrier (Kennel Block Blues, D4ve) are teaming up on a new middle-grade graphic novel, Criminy: Criminy follows Daggum Criminy as his peaceful life is suddenly interrupted when pirates invade his […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #92

More Sunday fun! Here’s a preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #92: It’s the annual Mystery-Con International—a convention honoring sleuths from all over the world—and this year, Mystery, Inc. are the guests of honor! But when the booth of some of their biggest fans is ROBBED of some valuable merchandise, our heroes have to go […]

Preview: ‘Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest’ #262

We’re kicking off Sunday morning with a bit of horror-movie fun in our preview of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #262, which goes on sale on April 11. In the brand new lead story by Bill Golliher and Dan Parent, the girls watch a horror movie but the real terror comes afterward, when their […]

Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Friends Jumbo Comics Digest’ #260

Here’s a first look at Betty & Veronica Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #260, which features a new lead story by writer Bill Golliher and artist Dan Parent, done in the traditional Archie style: When a famous director comes to town to film his latest movie locally, the girls get parts as extras. Both strive to […]

Links: ‘Incredibles 2′ Comics and Graphic Novel on the Way

Dark Horse plans to publish both a young-readers graphic novel and a three-issue comic miniseries based on Incredibles 2, in advance of the movie, which will be out on June 15. Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2: Heroes at Home, by Liz Marsham (Disney Princess Beginnings) and Nicoletta Baldari (Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny), will be released […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Jumbo Digest’ #77

Here’s an early look at World of Archie Jumbo Digest #77, which as always with the digests features a new lead story in the traditional house style. In this issue, Archie tries to find a way to reconcile his love of video games and his need for money. The issue goes on sale on Wednesday. […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #36

Here’s some more Saturday morning cartoon fun: An exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #36. Who does the gang join forces with this time? Glad you asked! You think Scooby and the gang have seen it all? Just wait till the gang’s latest case leads them to the wackiest corners of the DC Universe, where they […]

Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #242

Time for some Saturday morning cartoon fun with our preview of Looney Tunes #242! Here’s the executive summary: How do you sneak past the dog who sees everything? You find a way to put them to sleep. Ralph Wolf finds a surefire method to make Sam Sheepdog sleep on the job by counting the sheep […]

Review: ‘Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure’

Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure Written by Kathy Hoopmann Illustrated by Rachael Smith Adapted by Mike Medaglia Jessica Kingsley Publishers If I were Ben, the protagonist of this story, I’d point out that there really is no mystery, in the sense of a problem to be solved. That’s Ben—very literal-minded, careful about details, wary […]

Review: ‘The King of Kazoo’

The King of Kazoo By Norm Feuti Scholastic Graphix, 2016 Grades 3-6 Cornelius, the King of Kazoo, wants to be famous—like his distinguished predecessors—but he’s not sure what he will be famous for. Cluelessness seems his most notable attribute: When his daughter Bing runs in to tell him that a tunnel has mysteriously appeared in […]

Preview: ‘Fraggle Rock’ Omnibus

Here’s some nostalgic fun for your Saturday morning! Archaia first published its original Fraggle Rock comics (based on the mid-1980s TV show created by Jim Henson) in 2010-11, then collected them into two beautiful hardcover books, Fraggle Rock Vol. 1 and Fraggle Rock Vol. 2: Tails and Tales. Now they are collecting the collections into […]

Teens, Graphic Novels, and Mental Health: An Interview with Dr. Jennifer Jenks

I recently wrote an article on graphic novels and mental health for School Library Journal, and one of the people I spoke to while researching it was Dr. Jennifer Jenks, MD, a psychiatrist who treats teenagers as well as children and adults. She had many interesting things to say about the broader issues of teens, […]

8 Teen-Friendly Webcomics Coming to Print This Year

Here’s a sneak peek at some webcomics that will be traditionally published soon, along with others that are worth keeping an eye on.

Preview: ‘Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #287

Archie shows off a bit in Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #287, serving as a movie production assistant in the lead story, written by Angelo DeCesare and penciled by Jeff Shultz, and in the older stories he is an intern for a talk show, shows off his juggling, and gets a bit overexposed when he rips […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #91

We’re kicking off Daylight Savings Time season with a bit of hypno-magic from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #91: Why is Fred always hungry, while Shaggy has nothing but traps on his mind? And why is Velma concerned with what to wear, while Daphne is consumed with books? What is the mystery behind our gang acting […]

Preview: ‘Encounter’ by Art Baltazar and Franco!

We’ve had a flurry of cool new kids’ and YA comics lately, and this one is pretty exciting: The Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco are launching a new superhero comic, Encounter, published by Lion Forge. Here’s the 411: A brand new series by Tiny Titans creators Art Baltazar and Franco! Encounter is […]

Preview: ‘Archival Quality’

Out this week from Oni Press, Archival Quality is a YA graphic novel about librarians, ghosts, and mental illness, as well as about seeking justice. It looks interesting, and it got a nice review in Kirkus, so we thought we’d share a sample. Enjo…

Preview: ‘Dodge City’ #1

We’re filling our weekend with previews, because there’s plenty of cool comics coming out right now. Here’s a look at Dodge City #1, a new series from BOOM! Studios about competitive dodgeball. This is not your gym teacher’s dodgeball. Here’s the 411: Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time) and Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall) team up […]

Preview: ‘Bodie Troll’

Here’s a look at a book that came out last week: Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll, an all-ages story about a not-very-scary troll: Written and illustrated by Jay Fosgitt (Rocket Raccoon & Groot), Bodie Troll is a rollicking fantasy adventure celebrating the importance of stalwart friendships and being true to oneself. Bodie Troll wants to be […]