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Review – LEGO Batman: The Visual Dictionary

Mike Pawuk

LEGO DC Super Heroes – Batman Visual DictionaryWritten by Daniel Lipkowitz DK Publishing, September 2012 96 pages, ISBN 978-0-7566-9787-7 $21.99 One of the most enduring comic book heroes is the Dark Knight himself, Batman. He’s been forever immortalized in comic books, film, animation, and video games, as well as decade’s worth of toys and collectibles. [...]

Interview: Jess Smart Smiley on Upside Down

Scott Robins
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Top Shelf Comix has carved a niche in the kids’ comics market by publishing high quality series that are both quirky and sweet like Andy Runton’s Owly, James Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and more. Now, Top Shelf has a new addition to their kids’ comics family: Upside Down: A Vampire Tale by Jess Smart Smiley introduces [...]

Review: Hereville 2

Esther Keller
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Readers who missed the first volume of Hereville should run out and find a copy, but even so, it won’t be a problem picking up this sequel and jumping right into Mirka’s latest adventure.  This volume gives readers enough background knowledge of the first story so that they don’t feel lost, and it will make [...]

Preview: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew

Brigid Alverson
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The first volume of Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew debuts from Papercutz on October 30, and we have a sneak preview for you. Like the prose chapter books of the same name, this graphic novel features Nancy and her familiar friends from the series as eight-year-olds, so it’s pitched at a younger audience than [...]

All ages comics and manga for 10/24/12

Lori Henderson
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Halloween is just around the corner. Are all of your little ghosts and ghouls ready for the frightful holiday? There’s not a lot to scare you on this week’s list, but you can get some good giggles from Archie Comics Archie’s Giant Kids Jokebook. Boom! Studios brings back the Ice Age gang for another adventure [...]

Review: Moon and Blood, volumes 1-2

Lori Henderson
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Sayaka is a cheerful, outgoing girl, the complete opposite of the new house guest staying with her family, Kai Kuryuu. He’s handsome, aloof, and a complete mystery. But the more Sayaka tries to get closer to him, the more he pushes her away. Will she be able to reach him? More importantly, should she? Kai [...]

Review: Billy Fog

Brigid Alverson
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I want to begin this post by welcoming our newest writer, Michael May, to Good Comics for Kids. You may have noticed Michael popping up in our roundtables; he has been eager to begin contributing to the blog, and because our host, SLJ, is still working on moving everything over to the new platform, he [...]

Preview: Archie’s Giant Kids’ Jokebook

Brigid Alverson
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Archie’s Giant Kids’ Jokebook is a thick, colorful compendium of one-page Archie gags—if you remember the old Archie’s Joke Book comic, it’s basically the trade paperback version. With almost 200 pages of classic Archie gag strips and a backpack-friendly 5″ x 7″ trim size, it’s comparable to the Best of Archie collections that the publisher [...]

Links: New York, New York

Brigid Alverson
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If things have been a little slow around here, it’s because I was away at New York Comic-Con. Here’s my roundup of the kids’ comics scene for Publishers Weekly. Oh, and I also put together a roundup of upcoming graphic novels for teens at SLJ Teen. Graphic Novel Reporter has put together lists of the [...]

Preview: Silly vampire fun with Upside Down

Brigid Alverson
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Just in time for Halloween, Top Shelf has a cute vampire book that’s more treat than trick: Jess Smart Smiley’s Upside Down: A Vampire Tale. You can see a preview of the first few pages at that link; below, we have a bit more of the story. Harold is a cheery vampire who lives in [...]