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Links: Boom times for kids’ GNs

Recession? What recession? Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid reports that Gene Yang, Dave Roman, and Lucy Knisley have all inked new book deals, and Scholastic is on board for vols. 3, 4, and 5 of Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet as well as a print edition of his webcomic Copper. Roman’s deal is for the kid-friendly Astronaut Elementary, which has been running as a webcomic for quite some time.

Matt Loux has been hard at work on vol. 3 of Salt Water Taffy, but he has finally wrapped that up and posted some new SWT webcomics on his site.

Richard Sala explains how he came up with Cat Burglar Black at the First Second blog.

Gary C.W. Chun talks to 12-year-old cartoonist Alexa Kitchen, author of Grown-Ups Are Dumb, at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. (Via Journalista.)

Robot 6 has the info on Boom’s latest round of kids’ comics, along with some preliminary covers.

Ted Naifeh has a new website up, and Blog@Newsarama’s Lan Pitts talks to him about what’s new and what’s coming soon.

Bluewater Productions has a Ted Kennedy bio-comic in the works.

Mad Magazine contributor John Kovaleski has a new book out called Great Scott. It’s newspaper-style gag cartoons, and judging from the samples online, it’s pretty kid-friendly. (Via The Comics Reporter.)

Archie News has posted previews of the upcoming Betty & Veronica Digest (special theme: Route 66) and Veronica. And add the PSP to the list of devices on which you can read Archie comics.

Brian Hibbs enjoyed the Archie Marries Veronica story more than he expected to.

Reviews: At our own SLJ, librarians check in with brief reviews of a number of graphic novels, rated by age.

Michael May on Age of Bronze: Betrayal (Robot 6)
John Hogan on Binky the Space Cat (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 6 of Bizenghast (Comics Worth Reading)
John Hogan on Bone: Rose (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Casey Brienza on vols. 1 and 2 of Canon (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Casey Brienza on vols. 3 and 4 of Canon (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tangognat on The Color of Earth and The Color of Water (Tangognat)
Marc Mason on The Color of Water and The Color of Heaven (Comics Waiting Room)
Brigid Alverson on CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk (MangaBlog)
Johanna Draper Carlson on CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk (Comics Worth Reading)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Dinosaur Hour (Comics-and-More)
Richard Bruton on Little Mouse Gets Ready (Forbidden Planet Blog)
Christopher Mautner on Little Mouse Gets Ready, two Lunch Lady books, and Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dragon Players (Robot 6)
Greg McElhatton on Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Read About Comics)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 5 of The Palette of 12 Secret Colors (i heart manga)
Chris Wilson on Pet Robots (The Graphic Classroom)

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 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.


  1. This is good news. I am especially excited to see that Kibuishi will continue to be published.

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