June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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 […]

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 […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2018

What follows are ten books coming out in June, July, and August that have me interested. REAL interested. Picture Books Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost June 5 | Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) | Grades K-2 We’ve all seen those cool microscope photos that turn everyday items into alien worlds. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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! […]

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…

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 […]