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iFanboy – Episode #145 – Comics for Kids!

Show Notes

The comic book industry wouldn't exist without kids reading comics and becoming future comic readers. The move from comics for kids to comics for adults in the 1980s and 1990s lead to the audience of comics readers dwindling. Luckily, many of the comic book publishers have realized this and have started making comics specifically for kids.

Tiny Titans (DC Comics)

The Eisner award winning comic book from DC Comics, Tiny Titans, is perfect for kids aged 3 to 8 and even for adults too. It's Ron's nieces favorite comics and a great way to get kids introduced to the world of DC Comics.

X-Babies (Marvel Comics)
From the Marvel side of things is X-Babies, which is new comic book featuring mini versions of the X-Men. Of course this is Ron's favorite, but is also a great way to get kids introduced to Marvel's popular mutants, the X-Men.

Boom! Kids: Disney & Muppets Comics

Independent publisher Boom Studios has a dedicated Kids line of comic books featuring many licensed characters from Disney, such as the Pixar family of characters, like the Incredibles, Cars, Toy Story, as well as classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Uncle Scrooge. They also have been publishing comics featuring the Muppets, including the Muppet Show Comic Book.

G-Man (Image Comics)

Chris Giarusso is known for his work on Mini-Marvels for Marvel Comics, but more recently he's been publishing his creator-owned title G-Man from Image Comics, which is great for kids with some beautiful art.

Misery Loves Sherman, Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers (Marvel Comics)

Chris Eliopoulos produces a daily webcomic, Misery Loves Sherman, which was recently collected into a book, as well as writes the immensely successful Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers from Marvel Comics.

Bone

You can't forget about Bone by Jeff Smith! Be sure to watch our previous episode featuring Jeff Smith and Bone

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Comics)

Marvel Comics recent release, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by Eric Shanower and drawn by Skottie Young is a beautiful adaptation of the classic book and a must have for kids of all ages.

Douglas Fredricks and the House of They (Image Comics)

One of Josh's favorite picks, and one he hopes to share with his son is Douglas Fredricks and the House of They, from Image Comics. By comic vet Joe Kelly, this is a bit more of a picture book but with some amazing art and a story with a great lesson for kids.

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  1. Heroville Heroville says:

    I ahve to ask; are you guys ever gonna touch on the whole Wertham/Comics Code thing?  Its something a lot of comic fans don’t even know about.

  2. Conor Kilpatrick conor (@cskilpatrick) says:

    @Heroville: It’s been discussed on the show before.

  3. akamuu akamuu says:

    This is a great episode.  We sell a lot of kids comic in the store that I work in on Wednesdays, and I’ll be playing this episode on a loop.  Thanks for this.

  4. AlanRob AlanRob says:

    Great Show!  I recently gave the first issue of Incredibles, as well as the fir st issue of Casper and Friends to my Cousins kids as part of their Xmas present.  I also plan to begin reading Uncle Scrooge myself (I loved Ducktails when I was a kid!).

  5. redlibertyx redlibertyx says:

    I actually find it pretty cool that Ron’s nieces destroyed their comics. It means they’re reading the hell out of them, and that could really only be a good thing. 

  6. dshramek dshramek says:

    What?  No Leave it to Chance?  That stuff was great.  And I’d think with all the James Robinson love at iFanboy that they could toss a little love at Leave it to Chance.

  7. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Great topic! Looking forward to checking this out.  

    Glad to see Douglas Fredricks and the House of They on the list. It’s an awesome book.  

  8. bwhancock bwhancock says:

     

    Good episode, but every time kids comics are discussed very seldom on of the best selling kids’ comics over the last 15 years gets mentioned . . . Sonic the Hedgehog

    It outsells the Boom kids and many of the other comics you mentioned.  

    It is the most read comic in my household with covers taped on or outright missing.  This is a bigger hit my 8 year old than any of the Pixar books.

    It has action, great characters – both friend and foe, and a great letter page and always with wonderful art.  It has used the talents of Terry Austin and John Workman in recent runs.

    This is the best kids comic out there!

     My son also digs the Viz Media Pokemon manga and loved the Bone series as well (from Scholastics), but Sonic is the man 

     

     

     

  9. bwhancock bwhancock says:
    Didn’t mean to come off as a jerk in that last post  -I love your show and you do a great job at spreading comic book love.   Cheers.
  10. stuclach stuclach says:

    Aw, yeah!

  11. stuclach stuclach says:

    My 3 year old LOVES X-Babies.  She claims to be Kitty Pride and tells me I am Colossus (I’m her boyfriend).  We have reread the first issue at least 10 times.

    They also enjoy Tiny Titans, but can’t seem to decide who they are going to "be" while playing Titans.

    I got a copy of Marvel’s Wizard of Oz for Christmas and plan on reading it to them as soon as I finish it (to make sure they can handle everything).

  12. stuclach stuclach says:

    The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is one of the best Comics I have ever read of any genre.

  13. scarymonster says:

    I have a 9 year old girl who gets pretty mad at all the boys in comics. But she has found a few books she really loves. Many are from authors who started on the web. Jellaby and Amulet are both favorites of hers. Also, now published by Scholastic, Amelia.

  14. scarymonster says:

    I meant Amelia Rules by Jimmy Gownley. Sorry

  15. skrulldave skrulldave says:

    Good episode, and I understand what you mean by the news headlines: Comics no longer for kids!  The more things change… but I take it in stride that it’s just a story to fill some newspaper space.  Oddly I don’t think they ever were just for kids. Heck, back in WWII G.I.s would read them, and I imagine before that too.  If fact all of the comics you mentioned sounded intersting, though I prefer something a bit more mature.  Bone is a great comic. 

    There was a World of Shazam comic that looked like a kids comic not that long ago, done in the same kiddie art style. 

    Akiko & the Planet Smoo–I’d think most kids could enjoy.

    The Wizard of Oz did look neat.  Do you think I Kill Giants would be kid comic?

  16. muddi900 says:

    Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, by Mike Kunkel is a great book for kids, and it builds on Jeff Smith’s Shazam series.

  17. Spoons Spoons says:

    That was a great episode.  One of the best ones I have seen here.

  18. ericwilder ericwilder says:

    Good Show!

  19. @bwhancock: No your onto something mate. My work sells those Sonic comics like they are crack. If it isn’t Archie, then Sonic is the most sold comic at that bookstore.

    Great episode guys. I always like to try and get parents to get comics for their kids when I’m at work. Sometimes they get kids the regular ASM title; well I like to remind them that their is a more ‘kid friendly’ version since that isn’t the best thing for a kid to read. I got someone to read Owly once, made me very happy.

  20. muddi900 says:

    BTW, people fretting over the fate of the Marvel Adventures line should stop:

    http://www.newsarama.com/comics/Marvel-Adventures-Relaunch-100113.html

  21. imnoone says:

    Herobear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel!! That should be in every kid’s comic library :) .

  22. What a great idea for an episode. Spent the weekend trying to pick out appropriate comics for a friend’s kid’s birthday. Hopefully this episode will stand to me for the next batch of birthdays they have!

    @bwhancock & thenextchampion: The Sonic comics from the UK (I assume those are the ones you’re talking about) in the 90′s were amazing. They added so much lore to the series and informed much of the fames’ stories going forward.

  23. adapa says:

    Great Show,  Thanks for doing it.  I got a bunch of ideas for gifts. It’s this shame it didn’t air in Christmas buying season! 

    My 10 year old son has another nominee,  Usagi Yojimbo. Perhaps not for the 6 year old crowd but certainly appropriate for the older kiddos.

  24. hello–i’ve been reading/listening/watching for a while now, but i finally got around to joining..just wanted to say thanks for all, it’s t’riffic..

    re: this show, i wondered if anyone else enjoyed the Powerpuff Girls series of a few years ago?? i found a whole bunch in a charity shop near me recently, and they blew my socks off. i’m usually in the minority on these kind of questions though..

  25. DarthRob DarthRob says:

    My three year son loves Batman the Brave and the Bold and Krypto the Super-Dog.

  26. Absolutely fantastic show. If there is a reason why I love iFanboy, this is it.

  27. scarymonster says:

    I have been really impressed by how public libraries have started to buy graphic novels for kids. I just checked the Baltimore County library system and put the Wizard of Oz and a Bone volume on reserve. Almost every branch has  at least one copy of Wizard of Oz, and most all are checked out.

  28. adapa says:

    I spoke with my son’s grade school librarian last year about how to get boys to read more.  She said that even tho she didn’t like the idea of graphic novels, it was the only thing the boys would read. The few she had in stock (Bone) were falling apart.  Her responce was to recongnize that reading something was better than reading nothing.  The only problem has been finding hard cover editions.

  29. scarymonster says:

    I honestly don’t know what the argument is that reading graphic novels is worse than anything else. Especially when you are comparing it against most young fiction.

  30. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    Damn right!

  31. michael22 says:

    Yeah. I agree with Conor, those X-Babies recent comics are NOT for the kids, but for old timer X-Men fans.

    And, what was the deal with the prices you put up with the comics? O.o  Single issues are NOT 9.99! But like others, there are many more comics for kids not mentioned, though probably more for the teenset than the younger ones.

    And let me say that Ron seems to be getting to militaristic with his nieces, I mean…quizzing them on their issues? Really? O.o  Let them enjoy them first Ron!!

  32. I’d rather have my niece reading Skottie Young’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz than Twilight. Or the Twilight clones that flooded the bookstores.

    I read the Hulk Goes on a Date Mini-Marvels in a issue of Ant-Man. Hardest I’ve ever laughed because of a comic. I want to get the Ultimate Collection.

  33. BatStewie BatStewie says:

    My six year old absolutely LOVES Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series and literally learned to read because of them… now, 8 months later, he reads at a 4th grade level. Way to go Captain Underpants! Even if you did teach my kid words like booger and snot.

  34. BigE BigE says:

    Hey, I’m a loyal iFanboy Member, and also review comics for kids on my blog!  Check it out!  www.outfromthecomicshop.com  I teach middle school and my kids LOVE "Bone" and "Tiny Titans".

  35. All kids should read Preacher. (OK, so I’m probably going to be a horrible father…..)

  36. OwlyFan says:

    Owly and Johnny Boo from Top Shelf are also good for very young readers.  They’re typically offered on FCBD as well.

  37. mattmlpdx mattmlpdx says:

    I am glad to hear my five year old daughter is not the only one who reads the covers off her Tiny Titans.

    She also really likes…

    1. The SuperGirl mini-series from last year (http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/comics/?cm=13437)

    2. Salt Water Taffy from Oni (http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=338)

    3. The Secret Science Alliance (http://secretsciencealliance.doing-fine.com/)

    4. A Kidnapped Santa Cluas (Thanks, Josh) (http://ww.ifanboy.com/content/botm/Book_of_the_Month_-_A_Kidnapped_Santa_Claus )

    All those are pretty much quality reads that are kid friendly and without much of the scary.

  38. flapjaxx flapjaxx says:

    Great idea for an episode. Now if only Tiny Titans could be read by more 6-year-olds and fewer 36-year-olds… ;-)

     "BTW, people fretting over the fate of the Marvel Adventures line should stop"

    Uh, they’re needing to CUT DOWN THE LINE, RELAUNCH IT, and charge $4 for the first issues (awful price point for kids who’ve never read comics before). Marvel Adventures has had–and still has–a purpose, but it’s obviously not a smashing success. I’m still waiting for actual sales figures that show MA Spidey as being a big seller, because the sales figures printed in the actual issues (tallying all copies printed) are very, very low. I wish it weren’t this way, but it is.

     

  39. adapa says:

    In the sixties when I started buying comics with my allowance, they cost about half to a forth of what I got for the week.  As a precentage of a kids allowance, the comics aimed at them are too expencive.  I understand profit, etc all, but realisticly,  the comics don’t need to be fancy glossy paper just within their budjet.

    What is a 7 year old’s allowance these days? The Marvel Adventures line needs to realize what there market is & cater to them.

  40. 7thton says:

    Awesome, awesome show! You should do a comics for kids show more than once a year!

  41. captbastrd captbastrd says:

    @TNC
    Heh, I like that you’re so cautious about handing something less than kid-friendly to parents; I work for your competitor and just the other day, handed a seven year old who asked for Transformers stuff a trade of ‘All Hail Megatron’ (along w/ some actual kids Transformers books). Having never actually read it, I realized later that, for all I know, I just handed him robot-porn, but checked w/ my co-worker/fellow nerd if he read it and he confirmed that it’s fine for kids.

    Would Mouse Guard be considered for kids? I specifically had any future bastrds in mind when I upgraded to the hardcovers a couple weeks ago (I have the TPB of vol. 1 and it’s already a bit worse for wear, so I wanted a sturdier version for 10, 20 yrs down the line when these captain jr.s are possible).

  42. Tsulaa Tsulaa says:

    Loved this episode, Guys!  Based on your podcast, I’m very excited to turn my daugter on to the House of They, Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers, & the Disney/Pixar comics from Boom!Kids.

    My daughter adores comics & graphic novels!  I was checking out some webcomics one evening when they caught the eye of my then-5 yr old daughter. After quickly switching to a more appropriate-for-kids webcomics, I realized the time had come for her first trip to the local comic book store! Yay!

    They had a decent collection that included many of the comics featured in this podcast, but she was pulled toward Sonic the Hedgehog, & also James Kochalka’s Johnny Boo.  But, what I attribute her first foray into extended, independent reading (besides Dr. Seuss) is Dylan Meconis’ Bite Me: A Vampire Farce (the author is also known for The Family Man). She heard me laughing aloud to it one day, & not too long after that I found her *ehem…in the bathroom, with my signed copy (Aah!), laughing herself silly.  Bite Me! -at first glance- seems like it would be inappropriate for a youngster, but compared to much of what these kids are exposed to nowadays, it’s pretty vanilla.  As with anything, I strongly recommend parents read it first to determine whether or not it’s a good fit for their child.

    Other graphic novels & comics she enjoys are: Owly by Andy Runton, Chilly Chilly Ice Bat by David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim, The Shy Creatures by David Mack, Copper by Kazu Kibuishi, as well as some shorts found within my six volumes of Flight, also by Kazu Kibuishi & various artists.

    I’m pretty new to your podcast, & I’m not really in to superhero-type comics, but I quickly found that you feature a decent variety of genres, which is great!  There is no doubt you guys not just enjoy comics, but appreciate all the work that goes into creating them.  Your knowledge about the artists, writers, eras, etc. is impressive, & your enthusiasm is contagious…I just get sucked in!  Thanks for all the effort & humor you put into this show!

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