comics desktop - reviews and round-ups

First Friday 5 is simple: five themed comic books on the first Friday of each month. And as a bonus, I include a spread from each book so you can sneak a peek at each one's unique illustration and storytelling techniques. Check back on the first Friday of every month for a new theme!


I've also teamed up with Matthew Winner, host of The Children's Book Podcast, for an online series called Reading Comics with Mel and Matthew. We choose interesting-looking comics, email each other about them, and then share our conversations and observations with you. Our intent is for our chats to be useful resources for those of you looking to discuss comic books with your own young readers. Here are the books we've talked about so far: