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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.

The Secrets of Chocolate | Review

The Secrets of Chocolateby Franckie AlarconNBM Publishing, $19.99 Subtitled A Gourmand’s Trip Through a Top Chef’s Atelier, The Secrets of Chocolate is a delicious book. The author spent a year back in 2013 working with and observing chocolate chef Jacques Genin’s creations. (The chef clearly establishes early on that he is not a chocolatier, as […]

Constitution Illustrated | Review

A review of Constitution Illustrated, a comic version of the US Constitution, with each page using a different popular comic character.

The Bug Club | Review

The Bug Club feels like a scrapbook by a fascinated fan with tons of bug facts and friendly cartoon images guaranteed to interest readers.

Maker Comics: Build a Robot! | Review

Maker Comics: Build a Robot offers surprisingly simple projects thar are not only fun but also introduce basic principles of engineering.

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr | Review

In The Dark Matter of Mona Starr, Laura Lee Gulledge weaves solid advice into a story about dealing with depression.

Maker Comics: Create a Costume! | Review

Maker Comics: Create a Costume! guides readers through the creation of five costumes and offers a variety of practical advice as well.

Beast Complex Volume 1 | Review

Beast Complex, a collection of side stories set in the world of Beastars, presents a series of vignettes about friendship and danger.

Wildflowers | Review

Wildflowers, Liniers’ third graphic novel inspired by his children, is a playful reminder of the power of imagination.

Virtual Unicorn Experience | Review

The 12th Phoebe and Her Unicorn book is fresh, funny, and about friendship.

Review: Makeup Is Not (Just) Magic

Makeup Is Not (Just) Magic will likely overwhelm the new cosmetic user it’s aimed at.