One of the biggest things Brian and I noticed at last weekend at ComiCONN and Bing Con was the amount of kids that were in attendance at both shows. Sure some probably got dragged there by their collector parents, but so many more were wearing the costumes of their favorite hero. But are they reading the comics of these characters?
Sadly, most of the books out there (Wolverine, Flash, Batman) are inappropriate for younger readers. Even if the books are alright to read, they may be so deep in story or continuity, a casual reader will get nothing out of it but confused.
So what is the problem here? There is an obvious market for kid friendly comics so why not give them what they want? 'Marvel Adventure' line and 'Johnny DC' were great ideas but where are those amazing books now?
Our good friend Joe Caramagna is now involved with Marvel's line of all ages books including 'Hulk Agent Of SMASH' and a new all ages Avengers book coming soon.
We are getting sick of pushing this guy because he shouldn't need us to do so because he is so talented. Chris Giarrusso's amazing G-Man and his website www.chrisgcomics.com is everything good about comic books and art.
If Art Baltazar and Franco's new project 'Aw Yeah Comics' isn't a huge success I will give up comics. Anything these two guys do is not only charming but incredibly fun to read. Look for Little Hellboy coming soon.
Need a little of that Saz Magic? Writer John Sazaklis has written some of the best all ages books out there including 'I Can Read' and 'DC Super Pets' books. Even if you are above the recommended age, John writes some great stuff. http://sazmagic.blogspot.com/
So there you are! Lets try to show the kids that is great to dress like the great heroes, fun to watch them in movies and TV... but is even better to read their adventures!