Sketch Monsters, out this week from Oni Press, is the story of an eight-year-old girl who doesn’t express her feelings in the usual way: Instead of showing them outwardly, she draws them as monsters in her sketchbook. That keeps them neatly bottled away—until the day they all escape and run amok, forcing her to round them up and, yes, deal with her emotions. Written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Vinny Navarrete (who also did the art for Dear Dracula), this is a charming and funny book. Check out the preview and see for yourself!
Preview: Sketch Monsters, book 1: Escape of the Scribbles
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.