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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: ‘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’

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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

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, […]

Ghosts: A Not-So-Scary Roundup

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It’s that time of year, when we start thinking about ghosts and goblins and jack-o-lanterns and things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of comics and graphic novels with ghosts in them, but not all are scary. Here are some great reads that happen to have spirits in them. Ghosts by Raina […]

Review: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day’

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Big Day

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day by Gale Galligan, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin Graphix, $10.99 Ages 8-12 The sixth installment of the super-popular Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series revolves around a major, life-changing event. Kristy’s mom is getting married, which means Kristy is moving to a new, bigger house in a […]

Sequel to ‘Real Friends’ Announced

Best Friends

The award-winning graphic memoir Real Friends came out last spring from First Second. Shannon Hale tells a heart-wrenching story of seeking popularity in grade school, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. It’s about the hard work of figuring out what friendship means and the loneliness of feeling on the outs. Now the sequel, Best Friends, has been […]

Review: ‘Alice: From Dream to Dream’

Alice: From Dream to Dream

Alice: From Dream to Dream By Giulio Macaione, English adaptation by Jackie Ball Boom! Studios, $14.99 Recommended for teens and up Macaione makes his US comic debut in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel about forced empathy, having to learn more about others whether we want to or not. That’s a skill that needs more emphasis […]

Graphix Announces Two New Raina Telgemeier Books

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

The most exciting news of the New York Comic Con, just held, for anyone involved with graphic novels for young people was Graphix’s announcement of two new Raina Telgemeier books coming in 2019. Guts returns to the area that made her a superstar. It’s a graphic memoir, coming in September 2019, set before Smile. Telgemeier […]

Review: ‘Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine’

Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine

Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine Written by Tory Woollcott, Illustrated by Alex Graudins First Second, $12.99 (paperback), $19.99 (hardcover) Ages 9-13 The Science Comics line is a wonderful marker for quality educational comics, and who better to teach about The Brain than a mad scientist? Fahama is helping her crazily determined younger […]

Review: ‘Aquicorn Cove’

Aquicorn Cove

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill Oni Press, $12.99 Ages 7-11 The author of The Tea Dragon Society returns with a graphic novel bound to satisfy her audience. As in her previous book, Aquicorn Cove has the same beautifully colored images, the same confident, sometimes wordless storytelling, similar relationships with unusual creatures, and a corresponding message […]