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report from the comic store

August 10th, 2009 (12:20 am)
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Back home from travels, for now. One of my more interesting experiences during the trip was taking an eleven-year-old girl (middle daughter of friends) to a comic book store for the first time. This actually arose through cunning and subterfuge. I love to give books to kids, but this particular kid has been a reluctant reader because of pretty severe learning disabilities. Lately, she's developed a strong interest in STAR WARS, which has been a gateway to STAR WARS kids' books. She loves to draw, though, and this naturally made me think "Comic books!" (I cut my teeth on TINTIN and ASTERIX with a healthy side of BATMAN, which explains more about me than many other formative influences.) But she tends to shy away when encouraged in something, or given it head-on. So I had to be subtle.

HER. "So what are you doing today?"
ME. "Dunno. Thought I'd go to the comic shop later."
HER. "Can I come?"

Well, THAT was easy.

The store was her local one, which -- ARE YOU LISTENING, RETAILERS? -- had a kids' section *right up front.* We walked around the store in general, too, and I showed her various things. This, I cleverly thought, is where I tell her about girl superheroes. She asked which ones I liked, and I said (because I'd had a fannish undertaking in mind involving the characters), "Well, I like Power Girl and Starfire."

"Oh," she said. "What do they look like?"

And I said, "Um."

And shortly thereafter I found myself thumbing through TEEN TITANS trades for a low-key picture of Starfire, thinking, "DEAR GOD WHY DID I NOT SAY 'ORACLE' or 'MANHUNTER?'"

(For the record, a new-to-comics eleven-year-old girl processes Starfire as "the lady with the hair." God bless you, George Perez, for giving Kory more than two one outrageous aspect.)

She decided against any of the DC SHOWCASE volumes, as their size was too intimidating, but picked up a STAR WARS comic and the first issue of SUPERGIRL: COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE 8TH GRADE.

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Posted by: Coaster (coasterchild)
Posted at: August 10th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
comicses: timmy is cute

Aww, that's too cute! And yes, when I first laid eyes on Starfire, my thoughts were something along the lines of "Why is that lady being chased/eaten by a giant red clou-- OH MY GOD THAT'S HER HAIR."

Then I started wondering about what the heck she was wearing. But that was totally secondary.

And yay, Kid friendly comic shops!

Posted by: Not your everyday Viking angel (shadowvalkyrie)
Posted at: August 10th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)

She asked which ones I liked, and I said (because I'd had a fannish undertaking in mind involving the characters), "Well, I like Power Girl and Starfire."
"Oh," she said. "What do they look like?"
And I said, "Um."
And shortly thereafter I found myself thumbing through TEEN TITANS trades for a low-key picture of Starfire, thinking, "DEAR GOD WHY DID I NOT SAY 'ORACLE' or 'MANHUNTER?'"


"X-D Classical "D'oh!" situation...

I applaud your undertaking of getting little girls into comics -- too few men try! My uncle did the same for me and I'll be forever grateful. I hope the kid gets into reading in general from there!

Posted by: Rob1 (forked)
Posted at: August 10th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)

HEE! And agreed- 'woot' to comics when it comes to getting kids interested in reading.

I took my 5 yr old nephew this weekend. (And the local shop ALSO has a decent kids section right at the front. Maybe they're getting better about this?)

He picked the 'Supergirl- 8th Grade' one too! It... wasn't half bad. Lord knows I enjoyed reading it to him a lot more than the 'Sonic' ones, which are his mainstay.

Posted by: HJ (hjcallipygian)
Posted at: August 10th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)

Hahahahaha. Adventures in kids is always fun for dudes like us. =)

Posted by: Imperius Infernus [Titan] (infernus1218)
Posted at: August 10th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)

and another geek is born... it's a thing of beauty.

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Posted by: Richard D. Fox (rdfox)
Posted at: August 10th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)

Cosmic Adventures is a *great* gateway into comics. It's kid-friendly, yet has a good enough story to hold an adult's interest, and is just generally adorable without being cloyingly cutesy-barf like some attempts at kid-friendly comics.

Tiny Titans, as much as I love it, is a bit too fanboyish in its humor for introductions, sadly...

Oh, and if I need to explain what Karen and Kory look like to a kid, Peej ends up being, "She's Supergirl's older cousin, with short blonde hair and a white costume," while Starfire ends up coming out, "She's a beautiful alien woman with long, curly red hair and VERY green eyes. Like, completely green, no white to them at all! She usually wears purple." (At worst, then, they'll think of Toon Titans!Starfire...)

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