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About Johanna

Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages ComicsWorthReading.com, 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: ‘Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775′

Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775

Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775 Edited by Jason Rodriguez Fulcrum Publishing, $29.95 For ages 12 and up This anthology of 18 historical comic stories aims “to focus on the people and events that tend to get ignored in American history classes.” It’s an admirable goal, and one that succeeds, opening readers’ eyes to lesser-known but […]

Review: ‘Bolivar’

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Bolivar by Sean Rubin Archaia, $29.99 For ages 8 and up It seems lately that there’s been a mini-boom in books about how great New York City is. For the adults, there’s Roz Chast’s Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York and Julia Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of […]

Review: ‘Newsprints’

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Newsprints By Ru Xu Graphix, $12.99 (softcover), $24.99 (hardcover) Ages 8-12 years, grade level 3-7 It’s a wonderful thing when someone’s first graphic novel is so jam-packed with big ideas realized so well on an individual character level. Blue is an orphan newsboy who’s found an adoptive family of those who work for the paper. […]

Review: ‘The Little Particle That Could’

The Little Particle That Could

The Little Particle That Could Written by Jason Rodriguez, illustrated by Noel Tuazon Tiny Quasars, $14.95 Ages 3-6 Wandering away a little from our site title—but format debates are boring!—The Little Particle That Could is an adorable educational children’s book with plenty of distinctive, charming illustrations. It’s a board book, but it’s the size of […]

Review: ‘GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever’ Volume 1

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GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever Volume 1, “My Heart Lies in the 90s” Written by Monica Gallagher, illustrated by Kata Kane Papercutz, $9.99 (softcover), $14.99 (hardcover) Ages 10-14 years There’s a lot going on in GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever, but it’s all good-hearted. This supernatural mystery romance feels like a modern Nancy Drew, except in this […]

Review: ‘Mega Princess’

Mega Princess

Mega Princess Written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Brianne Drouhard KaBoom! (Boom! Studios), $14.99 Ages 8 and up Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Hawkeye) brings her energetic, aware writing style to a wide-ranging fantasy adventure for kids. The mega princess of the title is Maxine (who prefers Max). It’s her tenth birthday, which means […]

Review: ‘Star Scouts’

Star Scouts

Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence First Second, $14.99 Ages 8-12 Avani doesn’t get along with the other girls in the Flower Scouts troop in her new neighborhood. They only want to talk about boys and makeup, while she’s interested in rodeo, which means they put her down with country wisecracks. Then Avani is abducted by […]

Review: ‘Audubon: On the Wings of the World’

Audobon: On the Wings of the World

[Editor’s Note: Today we are happy to welcome Johanna Draper Carlson as a regular blogger at Good Comics for Kids. Johanna has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages ComicsWorthReading.com, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular […]