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Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« on: May 14, 2016, 04:06:54 PM »
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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2016, 07:58:06 AM »
Bone isn't new, (this year is its 25th anniversary,) but I would recommend it highly to anyone. Jeff Smith will be at SDCC again this year and announced a new Bone story, Bone:Coda, which just happens to come out this July. There's got to be a SDCC panel?

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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 10:00:47 AM »
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Bone isn't new, (this year is its 25th anniversary,) but I would recommend it highly to anyone. Jeff Smith will be at SDCC again this year and announced a new Bone story, Bone:Coda, which just happens to come out this July. There's got to be a SDCC panel?

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Smith is always part of a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund panel. I am sure this year will be no different, especially since it is the 25th anni.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2016, 12:39:14 PM »
Er, this is in reference to the Legacy Comic/ Legacy of the Force book series currently both being put out.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2017, 09:05:04 PM »


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Whether you’re young or old, regardless of your tastes and interests, there’s no denying the appeal of a well-written, well-drawn comic book or graphic novel. “All-Ages” doesn’t have to strictly mean “For Kids Only”, especially when there’s so much wonderful content being created today that’s perfectly suited for anyone to pick up and enjoy.

This month PREVIEWS celebrates Kid Comics with a spotlight on titles available at your local comic shop. Here, we’ve called out a few top titles broken down by appropriate age groups, these are some of our best recommendations for readers from eight to eleven.

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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2017, 09:34:04 PM »
Random semi-related comment:  If your kids have issues with penmanship, have them draw to help.  I gave serial killer handwriting and drawing helped some.  :)

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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2017, 08:53:37 PM »
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2000 AD to revive children's comics from the '70s and '80s

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Lost classic children’s British comics from the 1970s and ’80s are to be brought back to life by 2000 AD, following its acquisition of the Fleetway and IPC Youth group archive from Egmont UK last year.

Ben Smith, head of books and comic books at Rebellion Publishing, which owns 2000 AD, described it as a chance to restore “a vital but largely overlooked piece of British cultural history”.

The first release in the Treasury of British Comics line will be One-Eyed Jack, a strip that is “part Dirty Harry, part Judge Dredd” created by John Wagner and John Cooper and first published in 1975, out in June. This will be followed by Mike Western and Eric Bradbury’s The Leopard from Lime Street-Book 1 in July, which was originally published in 1976 and is described as “the British Spiderman”. In September, a Watership Down-style tale of a lone fox up against wicked humans, Marney the Fox, introduced by writer M Scott Goodall and illustrator John Stokes in 1974, will be reprinted. Rounding up the launch list will be a reprint of the second volume of horror comic for girls that was originally published from 1978 to 1980, Misty-Book 2 in November, featuring two stories: “The Sentinels” and “End of the Line”, and “the humorous adventures of Ricky Rubberneck”, first seen in 1971, in Faceache by “one of the all-too-forgotten greats of British comics”, Ken Reid, in December.

Faceache will be published in hardback, while all the others will be published in trade paperback. All of the titles will be distributed through Simon & Schuster. Going forward, the publisher plans to release at least one title from the list a month.

Smith said: “The wealth of story and art from past decades is woefully unexplored and our experience was that, if curated in the right way, this material has a large mainstream audience.” He also noted the resurging popularity of titles derived from material that was created for post-war generations, saying: “Books which arise from shared cultural history are a huge opportunity for publishing and titles that figure in childhood are an evergreen resource for this industry.”

When deciding which titles to reprint, the publisher balanced material “of exceptional quality” with “stories that readers have begun clamouring for as lost classics and little-known gems”. For the reprographic work involved in producing the reprints, most pages had to be sourced from the original printed comics. Rebellion’s reprographics team worked on the list with an expanded head count to take on the extra workload, as well as using the programming talent of the computer game developer/publisher arm of the company, which created bespoke software for the reprographic process.

While 2000 AD is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the UK’s leading graphic novel publishers, Smith said the Treasury of British Comics list “represents the expansion of that success into broader categories."

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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2017, 04:30:30 PM »
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2000 AD to revive children's comics from the '70s and '80s

Very cool. Would love to see Marney the Fox in something like an artist's edition.

Charley’s War comes from the same publishing period and is an incredible Word War I story, it's already been collected by Titan books but I never see it in libraries or bookstores.

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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2017, 08:31:47 PM »
Recommended by none other than some guy named Dave Gibbons:

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Children want more visual mediums, says the former Comics Laureate for Great Britain Dave Gibbons, so try graphic texts in the classroom

If you want to get kids reading — particularly those who try and avoid it — you might want to try a comic book or graphic novel, according to the former Comics Laureate for Great Britain. Dave Gibbons, the illustrator of the best-selling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen,  believes now, more than ever, young people are keen to embrace more visual mediums.

“In today’s very visual world, the pictorial qualities and cinematic structure of graphic texts have a particular attraction to young people,” he explains. “Graphic texts have visual appeal, not only on the covers but on every page and every panel, attracting the reader’s attention and propelling them forward through the narrative.”

Putting his money where his mouth is, Gibbons — who was replaced by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard as Comics Laureate in October — has been working as a series editor on Oxford University Press’ Project X Origins Graphic Texts. The series presents classic stories and poetry in a new format — designed to develop children’s comprehension and motivate them to read.

How should you use high-quality graphic texts in the classroom? Gibbons has some tips from his experience consulting with teachers for this series and feedback from the books being trialled in schools. Here's the four main things to remember, in his own words. 

1. Embrace it as a different kind of text

"One of the many great things about graphic texts is the opportunity to explore the choice of 'shot' (ie, camera angles used), the colour palette, the interaction between the characters, what is shown in a scene, what’s not shown, in a way that just isn’t possible in a regular narrative. And then there’s the intensity of the language: every word on every page, in every frame, will have been carefully chosen to make the most impact as economically as possible, but far from diluting the narrative, this selectivity energises it."

 2. Get students to create their own graphic texts

“One of the most fun activities relating to graphic texts that you can try in the classroom is to get children to make their own mini graphic text. Give children some pre-ruled pages with, say, six panel boxes and ask them to tell a story as a graphic text. It can be something that happened to them, a story they‘ve been told, a joke, something from a film, TV or a game. Even simple stick figures and basic faces can tell a good story and be very expressive and entertaining. Lots of students find it really fun thinking about all of the movie-style shots and angles: long shots, close-ups and changing locations etc. They can also play lots of different roles — not only can they pretend to be the movie director, but the writer, the casting director and set designer, and the wonderful thing is that, unlike movies, their budget is unlimited."

3. Encourage reading of comics and graphic texts at home

“A recent Ofcom study reported children are spending a huge 15 hours per week online. So directing children towards highly illustrative ebooks, comics and graphics texts on their tablets can be a really good way to encourage them to keep reading both on and off screen. You can access four Project X Graphic Texts titles for free on Oxford Owl for Home.”

4. Use them as a gateway to different types of text

"Graphic texts can offer children an alternative way to access texts that they may have dismissed as ‘boring’ or ‘difficult’ in the past. For example, I helped develop the Project X Origins Graphic Texts to provide a new way for children to explore classics, non-fiction, and poetry.”

What do you think of Gibbons' suggestions?  :)

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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2017, 09:54:27 AM »
Padawans, Disney and IDW have got you covered:

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It was announced on the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel at STAR WARS CELEBRATION in Orlando, Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC, has granted IDW Publishing the license to create and publish new Star Wars comic books aimed at younger readers.

“Lucasfilm is thrilled to expand our relationship with the talented and creative folks at IDW to bring Star Wars comics to kids,” said Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Lucasfilm Publishing. “IDW has an incredible pedigree of talent, and we look forward to working with them on the creation of these fun, action-packed adventures that span the entire Star Wars saga.”

The launch title, Star Wars Adventures, is timed for Fall 2017, and part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” publishing program, which will release an exciting array of content leading-up to the next cinematic chapter in the ongoing space saga.

IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall, said “IDW has long sought to offer the next generation of comic book fans ample reading choices, and being able to provide Star Wars comics aimed directly at that audience is a massive thrill. Disney has been a great collaborator with us and we’re very excited to delve into this particular corner of the galaxy."

This new deal between Disney Licensed Publishing and IDW will build upon the already strong relationship they share, having previously published reprint Star Wars content in a variety of formats such as Micro Collectors Fun Packs, and the award-winning Artist’s Editions. In addition, a series of new collections of classic Star Wars newspaper strips will be available beginning in May.

Storyline details and creative teams for Star Wars Adventures will be made public in a future announcement.

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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 10:26:09 PM »
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ICv2.com is launching two weeks of special content on kids graphic novels and comics, sponsored by VIZ Media, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Lion Forge, BOOM! Studios, Tokyopop, and Papercutz.  The content will include market info, interviews, news, reviews, previews, and special features.

The special event on ICv2.com, "Growing Fast — Kids Comics and Graphic Novels!" is tied to two big events in the category:  Free Comic Book Day and Children’s Book Week.  The first week of our event is Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017), which leads into Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 6, see "Silver FCBD Comics Announced"), with a follow-on week May 8-14.

How big are kids graphic novels today?  In an article prepared for ICv2 Pro (currently in closed Beta), we shared our ranking of the Top 10 Graphic Novel Properties for the Fall Season (September — December 2016).  The ranking, across all four of our graphic novel categories (Superhero, Author, Manga, and Kids), combined sales info from both comic store and book channel sources on all the volumes associated with various graphic novel properties.

Our findings?  Kids graphic novel properties were at least half of the Top Ten properties over-all, across channels!  Babysitter’s Club was #4, Ghosts was #6, Dan TDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal was #7, Amulet was #9, and Big Nate was #10 (those properties were the bestselling of the Top 10 Kids Franchises, see "Top 10 Kids GN Franchises — Fall 2016").  Pokemon, which could be counted as a Kids or a Manga property, was #5.

Watch for our daily updates to the listing of articles for this editorial event below:

News and Interviews
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'Hanazuki' Comic Series Is 'Full of Treasures'
'Viz Licenses Splatoon Manga'
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Re: Comic Book Recommendations for Kids
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2018, 06:25:44 PM »
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DC Entertainment, the home of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and a legion of other heroes, is planning two new graphic novel imprints aimed at younger readers. DC Zoom will feature stories for middle school readers, and DC Ink will focus on young adults. Books from the two divisions are scheduled to come out in the fall.

“We wanted to go back to what we used to have in comic books: story arcs for younger readers,” said Bobbie Chase, a vice president at DC and the executive editor for the new imprints.

Though a few of the graphic novels will have creators who are already working in the comic book industry, the majority of the writers are a Who’s Who of popular novelists for young readers. They include Laurie Halse Anderson (“Speak”), Melissa de la Cruz (the Descendants series), Michael Northrop (“TombQuest”) and Ridley Pearson (the Kingdom Keepers series).

“Any initiative that will create material for 7- to 15-year-olds, I’m all for,” said Chuck Rozanski, the president of Mile High Comics, which has three comic stores in and near Denver. “That’s our biggest growth area in the store.”

Mr. Rozanski added that a lot of comics, particularly those centered on superheroes, attract a limited, die-hard audience. “The young people coming into stores are not getting material they can take ownership of,” he said. “They are hungry for adventure and for the kind of escapism that comics can provide.”

DC Ink will begin with two graphic novels: one featuring Harley Quinn, a supervillain from the Batman universe, written by Mariko Tamaki and drawn by Steve Pugh, and one with Mera, the regal, longtime love interest of Aquaman, written by Danielle Paige. (No artist has been announced for that project.) DC Zoom will make its debut with “DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis,” by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat.

If that sounds like a lineup heavy on heroines, there is a reason.

“If you look at readership in middle grade and Y.A. in general, you’ll see a swing on the side of female readers,” said Michele Wells, the vice president for content strategy at DC.

While staple-bound comic books have traditionally appealed to an audience of male readers, graphic novels have a more diverse readership.

“You’ll see that Gene Luen Yang book, ‘Superman Smashes the Klan,’ will be for both,” Ms. Wells said. “If anyone can make a bold statement with Superman, it is Gene Yang.”

The softcover Zoom graphic novels will cost $9.99 and run 128 pages, while the Ink books will be priced at $16.99 for 192 pages. The stories will be free from the elaborate continuity of previous superhero tales.

“They are character studies, not necessarily superhero stories,” Ms. Chase said.

The adventures meant for middle graders will delve into characters who are figuring out the world around them, including dealing with parents and teachers, she said. The young adult graphic novels will focus more on questions of personal identity, with budding heroes deciding what paths they will take.

Mr. Pearson, whose Kingdom Keepers series follows teenagers who are trying to keep villains from taking over a Disney theme park, has signed on to write a “Super Sons” graphic novel. It will feature Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, the sons of Clark Kent (Superman) and Bruce Wayne (Batman), who have appeared in various DC Comics.

Jonathan Kent, whose mother is Lois Lane, does not rely on his superstrength, Mr. Pearson said. “He’s also got a lot of Lois in him: He’s thoughtful, investigative and a reader,” he said. “He wishes he had his dad’s superpowers, but he’s at 50 or 60 percent. That’s fun to play with.”

In his stories, Mr. Pearson said, he will tackle climate change and introduce a character, Candice, who discovers that she belongs to an African dynasty.

Mr. Pearson said he welcomed the chance to help bring in a new generation of readers.

“I have an older brother who was obsessed with comics,” he said. “They were all over the house. In many ways, they gave me a gateway into reading.”
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IDW Publishing’s 2018 Books for Young Readers Catalog is Finally Here! A look at IDW’s exciting new titles for the year, along with complete listings for essential all-ages material!

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SAN DIEGO, CA AND NEW YORK, NY (July 17, 2018) – Marvel Entertainment and IDW Publishing announced today that the two companies will develop middle-grade comic books designed for younger readers. Featuring some of Marvel’s most popular characters, the monthly issues and trade paperback collections, published by IDW, will be available for sale at local comic book shops and book retailers across the country, expanding opportunities for the next generation of Super Heroes to experience the Marvel Universe.

“From Iron Man to Captain Marvel, from the Hulk to Shuri — the Marvel pantheon has something for everyone,” says John Barber, editor-in-chief of IDW. “With this team-up, Marvel and IDW aim to bring exciting, all-new comics to a generation growing up in a Marvel world.”

Launching in November 2018, the Marvel and IDW collaboration will kick off with a Spider-Man series featuring both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, followed by an Avengers series beginning in December and a Black Panther series in January 2019. Each of these titles will serve as an easily-accessible jumping-on point for younger readers to follow the adventures of their favorite characters.

“Marvel is excited to work with IDW to share these brand-new stories with our younger fans,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel. “Characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Avengers inspire us through their strength and determination, but they resonate with readers because of the struggles they face and the challenges they overcome. We want to share their journeys with our younger fans first-hand.”

“Marvel is committed to delivering unique and accessible content for our younger audiences and fans,” said Sven Larsen, director, licensed publishing of Marvel. “As one of our most valued partners, IDW is the right fit to help us feature some of our most popular characters and publish stories created especially for the next generation of Super Heroes.”

“This partnership reflects the true spirit of collaboration at work,” said Greg Goldstein, president and publisher of IDW. “As comic book publishers, IDW and Marvel are able to produce high-quality visual storytelling experiences for fans both young and old. By combining our efforts, along with Marvel’s ever-increasing presence in popular culture, the results will be spectacular.”

Story details and creative teams for the new line of middle-grade comic books will be announced at a later date.

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