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Archie Comics proudly introduces the first book of the new graphic novel series: Jinx.

Written and drawn by the award-winning team of J. Torres (writer), Rick Burchett, and Terry Austin, Li’l Jinx has now grown up and is headed for high school!

Real, not ideal...
Jinx has just finished her last summer of middle school and is getting ready for her first day of high school. She can’t wait to see her friends—all ...

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Overview

Archie Comics proudly introduces the first book of the new graphic novel series: Jinx.

Written and drawn by the award-winning team of J. Torres (writer), Rick Burchett, and Terry Austin, Li’l Jinx has now grown up and is headed for high school!

Real, not ideal...
Jinx has just finished her last summer of middle school and is getting ready for her first day of high school. She can’t wait to see her friends—all of the friends she’s hung out with since she was a little girl. There’s no reason for any of them to start acting weird, like, not want to sit with her at lunch, or want to date her or anything...right? It’s not like everything changes in high school...is it?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Spinning off from the character Lil Jinx, Jinx follows a feisty teenager on her first days of high school. Her circle includes her long-suffering dad, Hap; her male best friend, Greg; and her friends Roz and Gigi, who only hang out with one another because they love Jinx. There is also a stumbling, bumbling boy named Charley who is interested in her. Jinx faces the challenges of high school-what to wear, where to sit for lunch, and how to handle divorced parents. The story is sweet and simple, a good choice for middle school girls looking ahead to the high school transition. The graphics are bright and colorful, much like the original "Archie" series, but with modernized clothes and a more diverse cast. Part of a long-standing series, Jinx will likely continue for a while, but this title is much more of a comic book than a graphic novel, and librarians should consider whether it is a good fit for their collections.—Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA
Publishers Weekly
Though admittedly part of the Archie Comics B-list, cartoonist Joe Edward’s Li’l Jinx managed to claim a portion of comic book nostalgia as her own. With her willful temper undercutting the effect of her deceptively innocent pigtails, she pushed back the idea that girls should be demure and culturally shackled. This updated version retains the qualities that made the original from the ’40s memorable, while also making sense of it in a modern high school setting. In 2012, Jinx is a tomboy confined to the geek table at lunch, and is directing her spirit toward crusades like trying out for the all-male football team. Writer Torres’s foreword offers an interesting account of how he fashioned this update, and artists Burchett and Austin capture the light tone of the cartoon, avoiding overwrought teen drama. Flanked by her original supporting cast, now also grown and more complex, Jinx serves as an entertaining role model for the intended audience, girls who can embrace the empowerment suggested through Jinx’s steady stance in life, while enjoying the mishaps born of the teenage confusion that surely is familiar. Ages 11–up. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
“Charming and realistic.” --Comic Book Resources

“To read Jinx is to take in a delightful breath of fresh air--two big lungfuls of hilarity and heart.” --Sean McKeever (Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane)

“J. Torres and Co. have created a timeless, stylish YA story.” --Brian Wood (Demo)

“I love Jinx--her stories, her look, and her mismatched collection of friends. A lively and sympathetic look at the ups and downs of being a teenager.” --Brigid Alverson, Good Comics for Kids (School Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879794917
  • Publisher: Archie Comic Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

J. TORRES won the Shuster Award for Outstanding Writer for his work on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Love as a Foreign Language and Teen Titans Go. He is also the writer of the Eisner Award-nominated Alison Dare and the YALSA listed Days Like This and Lola: A Ghost Story.
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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    Li'l Jinx is now a teen, excited for her first day of high schoo

    Li'l Jinx is now a teen, excited for her first day of high school. How come her friends don't treat her the same way? And why do people think Jinx should start acting like a girly-girl? Especially her dad, who won't let her try out for the football team! Archie Comics begins a new graphic novel series with our friend, Li'l Jinx. The plot gives us drama and emotions typical of today's teens--there is angst, jealousy, and romance sure to make this book popular with preteen and teen readers. The illustrations harken back to the early days of Li'l Jinx, so as an adult I appreciated the instant trip down memory lane. Thanks to Archie Comics for providing the ARC.

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