Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Bats: Learning to Fly and NewsPrints

Listen to the podcast! Changes Time Codes: 00:00:27 – Introduction 00:03:08 – Introducing Paul Lai as new YR cohost 00:04:50 – A farewell message from Andy Wolverton 00:07:12 – Bats: Learning to Fly 00:32:29 – NewsPrints 01:01:27 – Wrap up 01:02:01 – Contact us The Comics Alternative extends a warm welcome to Paul Lai, who has taken over from […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: The Best of 2016

Listen to the podcast! Great Minds… Gwen and Andy both are astounded that the end of the year is almost upon them, and with that in mind, they’ve picked their favorite books of 2016 for young readers. The Two People with PhDs each picked five books in the children’s category and five books in the […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: A Publisher Spotlight on First Second Books

Listen to the podcast! Monstrous Mysteries Time Codes: 00:25 – Introduction 02:50 – Context for the First Second spotlight 05:56 – Brief mention of Mighty Jack 06:56 – Varmints 11:46 – Quirk’s Quest: Into the Outlands 27:52 – Bera the One-Headed Troll 39:18 – The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo 55:44 – Wrap up 57:03 – Contact us Gwen and […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of The Backstagers #1 and Snow White

Listen to the podcast! Discussions, Old and New Time Codes: 00:27 – Introduction 03:22 – Context for listeners 06:02 – The controversy surrounding Ghosts 30:26 – The Backstagers #1 40:12 – Show White 59:04 – Wrap up 59:28 – Contact us This episode of the Young Readers show begins with a special feature: Andy and Gwen return to a comic […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Mighty Jack and Ghosts

Listen to the podcast! All happy families…? Although some kids may not be so excited to be heading back to school, Gwen and Andy (the Two People with PhDs) give young readers cause to rejoice this month with the upcoming release of two new graphic novels: Mighty Jack (First Second) by Ben Hatke and Ghosts (Graphix/Scholastic) by Raina Telgemeier. Andy […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Compass South, Secret Coders: Paths and Portals, and Level Up

Listen to the podcast! Pairings This month, Andy and Gwen discuss a three graphic novels for young readers that are written by pairs of comics creators. Compass South (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) brings together Hope Larson (Chiggers; A Wrinkle in Time) with Rebecca Mock, a New York-based freelance illustrator, while the other two titles are […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: A Special Look at the 2016 Eisner Awards

Listen to the podcast! And the Winners Are… On this special episode of the Young Readers edition of The Comics Alternative, Gwen and Andy take a look at the 2016 Eisner Awards, both the nominees and the winners, in each of the three young readers categories. The Two People with PhDs discuss not only the books and […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Musnet, Bird Boy Vol. 1, and Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon

Listen to the podcast! Big Blue Marble This month, Gwen and Andy take listeners on a worldwide tour featuring adventures of various cultures in three books: Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy (Uncivilized Books/Odod), Anne Szabla’s Bird Boy Volume 1: The Sword of Mali Mahi (Dark Horse Books), and Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon by […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Hippopotamister and Camp Midnight

Listen to the podcast! Disguises This month’s show includes a review of two recently released graphic novels, John Patrick Green’s Hippopotamister (First Second) and Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight (Image Comics), as well as interviews Andy conducted at the first-ever Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Public Library Comic Con, held on May 14. At […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Alamo All-Stars, The Nameless City, and Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Listen to the podcast! Of Conflicts and Outsiders This month on The Comics Alternative‘s Young Readers series, the Two Hep Cats with PhDs Talking about Comics review three new releases that are different in terms of setting and genre, but take on a common theme: the conflict that can occur when the inhabitants of a city […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Rust: The Boy Soldier, Sweaterweather and Other Short Stories, and Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers

Listen to the podcast! Healthy Reading This month, both Gwen and Andy are battling colds, so it’s “Two sick people with PhDs talking about comics for young readers!” But there’s nothing unhealthy about the three comics Gwen and Andy discuss on this month’s show: Royden Lepp’s Rust: The Boy Soldier (Archaia/BOOM! Studios), Sara Varon’s Sweaterweather and Other […]








Young Readers: Reviews of Comics Squad #2: Lunch! and Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

Listen to the podcast! School Daze This month, Andy and Gwen discuss two recently released comics: Comics Squad #2: Lunch! (Random House), an anthology for younger readers, edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux) a graphic memoir written by […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Feathers, The Only Child, and Teen Dog

Listen to the podcast! Adventure, Isolation, and Jeff Spicoli Gwen and Andy are back in 2016 with three new graphic novels for young readers. The two people with PhDs first discuss Feathers, by Jorge Corona with Jen Hickman (Archaia/BOOM! Studios), a title about a strange boy with feathers named Poe who watches over the Maze, a large […]








Comics Alternative for Young Readers: The Best of 2015

Listen to the podcast! Perfect Gifts for Hanukkah! As the end of 2015 draws near and the holiday shopping season is in full swing, Andy and Gwen have drawn up their lists of their favorite comics for young readers released during the last year. Although their choices run the gamut from texts for early readers up […]








Young Readers: Reviews of Monster and Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish

Listen to the podcast! Young Identities Gwen and Andy are back this month to discuss two new graphic novels for young readers. First up, they discuss Monster  (Amistad/Harper Collins), a book for teens by Walter Dean Myers, adapted by Guy A. Sims and with art by Dawud Anyabwile. Based on the multi-award-winning young adult novel by Myers, […]