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Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular culture, studying online fandom, and was previously, among many other things, webmaster for DC Comics. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Review: ‘Satoko and Nada’ Volume 1

Satoko and Nada

Two young women, one Japanese and the other Muslim, room together and learn about each other’s culture.

Jen Wang’s Next Book Announced

Stargazing by Jen Wang

News on Jen Wang’s next book after The Prince and the Dressmaker

Next Baby-Sitters Club Goes to the Beach

The Baby-Sitters Club: Boy-Crazy Stacey

The cover has been revealed for the next Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel, coming this fall.

Kristen Gudsnuk’s ‘Making Friends’ Has Sequel Coming

Making Friends

Kristen Gudsnuk’s ‘Making Friends’ will have a sequel story out next July.

Review: ‘Sanity & Tallulah’

Sanity & Tallulah

Clever girls on a space station seek to rescue and redeem the reputation of their illegal pet, a three-headed kitten.

Review: ‘Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice’

Science Comics: Polar Bears

The latest installment of First Second’s excellent non-fiction graphic novel series dives deep into the life of one of the world’s most distinctive animals.

Review: ‘Hex Vet: Witches in Training’

Hex Vet: Witches in Training

Two apprentice veterinarians for magical creatures work to protect their patients when left in charge of the office.

Review: ‘An Enola Holmes Mystery: The Case of the Missing Marquess’

Enola Holmes Cover

An Enola Holmes Mystery: The Case of the Missing Marquess By Serena Blasco, based on the novel by Nancy Springer IDW Publishing, $14.99 From 2006-2010, Nancy Springer wrote six YA mysteries about Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock. This graphic novel from IDW’s EuroComics imprint adapts the first. Enola has been living with her […]

Review: ‘Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater’

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater header

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson Andrews McMeel Publishing, $9.99 Ages 7-12 The eighth book in the imaginative series about a girl and her unicorn best friend is also the second original graphic novel (after Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm; the others reprint comic strips), making it a […]

Review: ‘Lafayette’


Lafayette by Nathan Hale Amulet Books, $13.99 Ages 8-12 The latest installment (the eighth!) of the popular graphic history series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales returns to the setting of the first book, the US Revolutionary War. Spy Hale is still telling stories to prevent being hanged by the Hangman and a British redcoat. This time, […]