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Links: Everybody’s talkin’ comics

Brigid Alverson

Doug TenNapel has been busy lately, with three books out in three years from Scholastic (Ghostopolis, Bad Island, and Cardboard), and he talks a bit about his work process, who he writes for, and the possibility of his books ending up as movies someday in a wide-ranging interview at Comic Book Resources.

George O’Connor, the creator of the Olympians series of graphic novels, talks about the relationship between superheroes and the gods of mythology.

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm returned to his hometown of Flathead, Montana, to talk to students at the high school he attended about his graphic novel about the atomic bomb, Trinity.

The latest edition of the Kids’ Comics Revolution podcast is dedicated to Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl and features reviews and comments as well as a live reading by Hatke and his family.

We have a bumper crop of great graphic novels coming out this fall, and Susan Carpenter posts a handy list of some of the best, with short descriptions.

Artist Hope Larson and her editor, Margaret Ferguson, chat about Larson’s recent graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Ben Towle takes a look at some children’s books that stretch the boundaries of the medium in ways that comics creators could learn from.

J.L. Bell points out that Matt Loux’s Sidescrollers, which was recently removed from a Connecticut high school’s summer reading list, is the very antithesis of summer reading. And he notes that sales of the book are up since the challenge.

ComicbookGRRRL looks at the growing popularity of children’s comics in the UK from a bookseller’s perspective—and cites plenty of numbers to back it up.

Nominations are open for the Cybils Awards, which have two graphic novel categories, Elementary/Middle and Teen. And if you’re looking for some good reading, check out the list of books that have already been nominated.

Cory Doctorow posts a nice, long preview of chapter 2 of A Wrinkle in Time at Boing Boing.

CBR has an exclusive preview up of Marceline and the Scream Queens #4, the latest Adventure Time comic.

Reviews

Richard Bruton on Benny and Penny in Lights Out (Forbidden Planet)
Sarah Sammis on Binky to the Rescue (Puss Reboots)
J.L. Bell on Drama (Oz and Ends)
Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan on Earthling! and Legends of Zita the Spacegirl (Bookends)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries (Comics Worth Reading)
Drew McCabe on Masters of the Universe, Adventure Time, and Princeless (Comic Attack)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Maya Makes a Mess, A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, and Benny and Penny in Lights Out (Comics Worth Reading)
Steve Bennett on Monster Graphic Novels: Monster Turkey (ICv2)
Greg McElhatton on The Secret of the Stone Frog (Read About Comics)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on The Secret of the Stone Frog and Bigfoot Boy, Vol. 1: Into the Woods (Robot 6)
Lauren Davis on A Wrinkle in Time (io9)
David Elzey on A Wrinkle in Time (The Excelsior File)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on Zombies Calling (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)

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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 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.

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