All Ages

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

More kid-links

I've got a few longer pieces I've been working on but in the meantime here's a round up of some the goings-on in the world of children's comics and books.

- Marvel plans to offer Dollar Digests, reprinting early issues of their core series like SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN, HULK, AVENGERS and FANTASTIC FOUR. Newsarama posters seem to think this is perfect for kids because of the low price point, but I'm skeptical to think that classic stories like these will appeal to anyone but hardcore Golden Age fans.

- Brandon Routh looks pretty snazzy in his SUPERMAN costume. In Fall 2006, expect to see readers, 8x8s, a jr. novelization and other book formats for kids -- everything except comics.

- Tania Del Rio talks about her work on the manga-reimagined SABRINA and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS and has this to say:

"Some people are still surprised to learn that Archie has turned Sabrina into a manga-inspired series, but the two actually mesh together really well. The look and storylines are completely inspired by shojo manga, but the tone of the book is always going to be age-appropriate and this is something Archie is known for. While some parents may worry about what their kids are reading in Japanese manga, they don't have to worry with Archie's manga. It's a trust that's been built over many years."

Smart statement considering how hard it is to convince parents and librarian that manga sans content actually exists out there. Does it?

- As JM DeMatteis and Mike Ploog wait for Hyperion to republish ABAZADAD, they discuss details behind their new children's fantasy series, THE STARDUST KID.

- Greg Thompson speaks his mind about kids comics and talks about his new series called HERO CAMP.

"You know, I can't even buy my 7-year-old nephew an issue of Flash anymore," Thompson bites. "Super heroes are supposed to be for children. I'm not letting this go. The only stuff they're getting right now? Marvel Age books. What happened to the stuff I read as a kid? The Kirby, the Kane, the things anyone could connect with?"

And while I'm not hugely behind pumping out superhero comics for kids (I think there are other genres, topics that are way more appealing and that would sell to a wider audience), I'm glad someone has the courage to speak out about this issue.

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