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Preview: The Stereotypical Freaks

Howard Shapiro’s The Stereotypical Freaks, which comes out today, is a graphic novel about teenagers dealing with the usual issues of high school life—popularity, friends, the Opposite Sex—who are forced to grapple with a much larger issue that puts everything into perspective. To say more would be a spoiler, but this book, which is structured around a high school Battle of the Bands, has a genuine voice and, unlike many teen books, avoids afterschool-special preachiness, which means it has a bit of a bite. Here’s a taste, and to learn more, check out this interview with Shapiro at

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. Snow Wildsmith Mike Pawuk says:

    Sounds like a great graphic novel. How’d I miss out on hearing about this?

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