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Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s ‘Spill Zone’ Wins EGL Book of the Year Award

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Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s Spill Zone, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s Real Friends, and Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies were among the winning graphic novels in this inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, which were presented Saturday evening at Denver Comic Con. The awards were created and administered by Pop Culture Classroom, the […]

DC Reveals Covers, More Details on DC Zoom and DC Ink Graphic Novels

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Just ahead of the American Library Association annual meeting, DC has revealed more details on its upcoming line of DC Zoom graphic novels for middle-grade readers and DC Ink graphic novels for young adults. DC Zoom will launch in April 2019. Here’s the lineup: Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated […]

Exclusive: BOOM! Studios Announces ‘The Great Wiz and the Ruckus’

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We’re breaking some great graphic novel news this morning: BOOM! Studios will publish the original graphic novel The Great Wiz and the Ruckus by animator Joey McCormick, with colors by Whitney Cogar, under their KaBOOM! imprint in February 2019. Get a load of that cover! Here’s what the story is about: Red, a blind Wiz […]

Happy Anniversary, Toon Books!

Jaime Hernandez, Kevin McCloskey, Françoise Mouly, Sergio García Sánchez, Ricardo “Liniers” Siri, Brigid Alverson at TCAF 2018

This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) celebrated ten years of Toon Books, the publisher of high-quality comics for children founded by Françoise Mouly, with a panel featuring Mouly and the following artists, moderated by Good Comics for Kids’ own Brigid Alverson. Kevin McCloskey is a professor of illustration at Kutztown University and created the […]

Comic Book Clubs for Libraries

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At the recent Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), I had the pleasure of attending a panel on “How to Launch a Comic Book Club”. I am part of a comic club in Madison, Wisconsin, so I was curious to see how this was similar and different. Led by Philippe Leblanc, the panel was more of […]

Announcement and Interview: First Second to Publish ‘Marshmallow and Jordan’

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We’ve got big news today: First Second’s announcement of a new middle-grade graphic novel, Marshmallow and Jordan, by newcomer Alina Chau. Chau has a beautiful watercolor style (you can see more of her work at her website), and Marshmallow and Jordan has an intriguing premise: After a severe car accident, Jordan uses a wheelchair full-time. […]

Free Comic Book Day Comic Highlights

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As Esther previously wrote, this coming Saturday, May 5, is this year’s Free Comic Book Day. There are 50 different comics that could potentially be available at participating stores, so this is necessarily a brief rundown of the Gold Sponsor All Ages titles. Also, please remember that this national holiday for comics is free to […]

Exclusive Preview: Lion Forge to Publish Brenna Thummler’s ‘Sheets’

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Marjorie Glatt, the lead character of Brenna Thummler’s Sheets, feels invisible—most of the time. Her mother has recently died, and her father has disappeared into his own pain, leaving the 13-year-old to care for her brother and run the family business—a laundromat that her mother started when she was 19. At school, she drifts along […]

Free Comic Book Day

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It’s hard to believe that Free Comic Book Day has been around for 16 years. But this Saturday the 16th annual Free Comic Book Day is happening. Make sure to check out your local comic book shop for a selection of free comics. You can see the selection of comics that might be offered at […]

Links: ‘Drama’ Among the Most Challenged Books—Again

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The American Library Association released its list of the 10 most challenged books of 2017 last week, and this year, there was only one graphic novel: Raina Telgemeier’s Drama, which has become sort of a perennial. Some important takeaways from this year’s list is that more than ever, books for children and teens are being […]