April 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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…

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 […]

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: ‘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 […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2018

Lot of good-looking books coming out here in the next three months. Here are ten that caught my eye. Picture Books The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Catia Chien HMH | April 10 | Grades K-2 Funny and sweet. That’s what I’m expecting with this story about a lonely turtle who ends up […]

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 […]

Exclusive Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Digest #261

Let’s start our Saturday morning with some Betty and Veronica fun! Here’s a first look at Betty & Veronica Jumbo Digest #261, which kicks off with a brand new story by Bill Golliher and Dan Parent. It goes on sale next Wednesday. Enjoy!…

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #35

We’re kicking off Saturday morning with an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #35, in which Scooby and the gang go for a picnic in Jellystone Park—and Yogi Bear confiscates their lunch. But things don’t go as planned: Ranger Smith is sure Yogi Bear is up to his old tricks when a ghost scares visitors out […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]