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Choose Your Own Adventure comics are on the way, a new YA publisher will launch next year, and Godzilla barges in to middle-grade comics

Cover of Turtle in Paradise

Jennifer Holm’s Turtle in Paradise, which was a Newbery Honor book and won the Golden Kite Award when it was published in 2010, will be adapted into a graphic novel by Savanna Ganucheau. The adaptation will be published by RH Graphic in May 2021. Check the link for a preview!

Cover of Godzilla comic, showing Godzilla towering over five children

Godzilla Invades Kids’ Comics: IDW Publishing has inked a deal with Toho International, Inc., which holds the rights to Godzilla, to produce a number of products, including a games, puzzles, journals, and a five-issue middle-grade comics series that will debut in April 2021.

Cover of Choose Your Own Adventure: Eighth Grade Witch

New Series Alert! Oni-Lion Forge will publish Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novels, starting in August 2021. The graphic novels will be adaptations of the original Choose Your Own Adventure stories and will keep the interactive element.

New Publisher Alert! Mad Cave Studios, an independent publisher whose catalog includes Over the Ropes and Stargazer, will launch a YA graphic novel imprint, Maverick, next year. The first three titles will be Good Game, Well Played by Rachael Smith, Katherine Lobo, and Justin Birch, a story about friends getting together to save their favorite video game store; Needle and Thread by David Pinckney, Ennun Ana Lurov, and Micah Myers, a tale of two cosplayers; Nightmare in Savannah by Lela Gwenn, Rowan MacColl, and Micah Myers, a queer supernatural romance; Of Her Own Design by Birdie Willis, Jess Taylor and Stephanie Palladino, a story about a teen who can change the world with a magic pen—but isn’t a very good writer; and World Class by Jay Sandlin, Patrick Mullholland, Rebecca Nalty, and Justin Birch, which follows a teen who gets a soccer scholarship but has to deal with being part of a team.

Recommended Reading: Comics Bookcase has compiled a reading list of Comics by Indigenous Creators, including some YA-friendly titles. At Book Riot, Katie Moench suggests 10 of the Best Middle Grade Graphic Novels to Gift This Year.

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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 E-Reader.com. 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.

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