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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: ‘Becoming Brianna’

In Becoming Brianna, Terri Libenson continues her popular middle-grade series with a story that focuses on Brianna’s anxiety about her bat mitzvah.

Graphic Novels to Watch Out For in 2021

Here’s a glimpse of what next year will look like with cover reveals of three upcoming middle-grade graphic novels.

News: Next ‘Maker Comics’ Title Announced

The latest addition to First Second’s Maker Comics line will provide tips on how to survive in the wilderness.

Review: ‘Act’

Olive’s story shows how young readers can make a difference on issues that matter to them.

Jimmy Gownley Returns in November

Jimmy Gownley, the author of the Amelia Rules! graphic novel series, has a new work coming out later this year.

Review: ‘The Black Mage’

Today, Johanna reviews ‘The Black Mage,’ a story about the first Black student at a magical academy.

Review: ‘Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure’

The sequel to ‘Bolivar’ is a puzzle book in which a young girl goes on a culinary tour of New York City with the dinosaur who lives next door.

Review: The ‘Peter & Ernesto’ Series

Johanna looks at three graphic novels about a pair of sloths with very different personalities.

Review: ‘Quick and Easy Guides’ From Limerence Press

Today Johanna looks at three sex education comics that take an inclusive approach and are appropriate for older teens and adults.

Review: Two Trips with Mouse

Johanna goes to the extremes today, with reviews of two TOON books for early readers: ‘A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse’ and the Eisner Award-nominated ‘A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse.’