Last week we published a quick primer on How To Introduce Kids To Anime. Today we’re going to focus on the colorful and life-changing world of comics. If you ever spent a significant amount of time with kids, you would know how difficult it is to get them to read. Unless it moves or you can make it dance with a flick of the finger, they’re not buying.
Instead of forcing them to go through dry novels that they can’t connect with, letting them choose comics to read can spark an interest in literature. Next thing you know, they could be picking up that copy of Brave New World without having to threaten them with a summer of more studying. So what comics can you show to kids? Age-appropriateness is important, but so are the child’s interests.
The Adventure Time comics is an all-age series that’s sure to be great fun for actual kids and for the kid in you. If you’re already a fan of the show on Cartoon Network, you’ll have a hard time deciding if the comic is funnier. It’s accessible to newcomers of the show too and trust us, you’ll be hooked by the first issue. Jake the Dog and Finn the Human have the best adventures in the Land of Ooo!
Archie comics is what got me into books as a child. My mom had the worst time trying to get me to read, but one day I saw a copy of an Archie’s Double Digest. A couple hundred or so issues later, and here I am. It’s generally inoffensive, has a lot of slapstick humor and a bit of romance in it, but the stories are timeless. Yes, even the ones from decades before.
Bone is a classic that’s always on ‘must read’ lists for every newcomer to comics. It’s about three Bone cousins: Fone, Phoney, and Smiley who were exiled from their hometown. The art may be cartoony, but the characters are complex and you can expect to read epic adventures that some have even compared to the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series.
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane
As you can expect from the title, it’s a bit geared for little girls, but don’t assume that boys won’t like it. The story involves our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and Mary Jane in high school. The plot tends to have touches of romance but it’s light-hearted enough to make for a fun read.
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
The Marvel Adventures line is kid-friendly, but never boring. This retells the story of how nerdy Peter Parker became Spider-Man after being bitten by a radioactive spider. There’s a lot of action and humor, so if your kid is interested in superheroes but you’re concerned about violence, then this is a good choice. (Yes, we have two Spider-Man recommendations. He’s that awesome.)
This list won’t be complete without Tintin! You might be surprised to find out that Tintin was first published during the 30’s, but this comic is still popular around the world. Who wouldn’t want to read stories about the epic adventures of an investigative journalist, his dog Snowy, and his good friend Captain Haddock? Fans of mysteries, classic villains, and adrenaline-filled rescues will love this.