Reading Comics with my Kids

The other day I found a cardboard convenience store on clearance at World Market and decided to pick it up for the kids.  As I was building it I thought it would make a great comic book store.  I spoke with Henry about it and he was on board so we lined the inside wall with some covers and decorated the roof and the shelf with some other things.

The inside walls are lined with Johnny Boo, Yo Gabba Gabba, Owly, Top Shelf kids club, Korgi, Sonic and Wall-E to name a few.  Featured on the outside you will find some Marvel Frenzies, a Free Comic Book Day logo and some Marvel and DC characters.  We haven’t named it yet, but Henry has been charging $10 for each item so I don’t know how much longer it will remain in business.

Top Shelf Comics is having a great sale right now and you can scoop some great books for cheap!  Here are some of the highlights for their kids books on sale, but check them all out! You even get their Free Comic Book Day kids sampler and a kids club poster with every order!  I love Top Shelf!
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/special-deals
Must Haves for Kids:
Owly:
Owly and Wormy: Friends all a’flutter - $10
Just a Little Blue - $5
Flying Lessons - $5
A Time to be Brave - $5
Johnny Boo:
The Best Little Ghost in the World - $5
Twinkle Power - $5
Happy Apples - $5
Mean Little Boy - $5
New Books from Top Shelf
Okie Dokie Donuts - $7.50
Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken - $7.50
Korgi Volume 3 - $7.50

While not too kid friendly, I also have to take this time to plug American Elf (a classic) and the Infinite Kung Fu (which is one of the best books I have read recently).

Take advantage of this great sale and support a great company that employs terrific authors and artists alike! 
Cheers!
Mike

Top Shelf Comics is having a great sale right now and you can scoop some great books for cheap!  Here are some of the highlights for their kids books on sale, but check them all out! You even get their Free Comic Book Day kids sampler and a kids club poster with every order!  I love Top Shelf!

http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/special-deals

Must Haves for Kids:

Owly:

Owly and Wormy: Friends all a’flutter - $10

Just a Little Blue - $5

Flying Lessons - $5

A Time to be Brave - $5

Johnny Boo:

The Best Little Ghost in the World - $5

Twinkle Power - $5

Happy Apples - $5

Mean Little Boy - $5

New Books from Top Shelf

Okie Dokie Donuts - $7.50

Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken - $7.50

Korgi Volume 3 - $7.50

While not too kid friendly, I also have to take this time to plug American Elf (a classic) and the Infinite Kung Fu (which is one of the best books I have read recently).

Take advantage of this great sale and support a great company that employs terrific authors and artists alike! 

Cheers!

Mike

Well, despite waking up early with the kids every morning and wanting an early bedtime, I braved the midnight party for the launch of DC52.  Austin Books was packed and I crowded with my fellow comic book readers to comb through the back issues that were on sale for 50% off. 

I am quite proud of the Kid ‘n Play comic, but I found one for my son that I will review once I read it to him. It was a spin-off of Disney’s Sword and the Stone called Wart and the Wizard.  It was only $4 and was printed way back in 1963.  I think my son will truly enjoy it.

As for the new Justice League.  I enjoyed the first issue, but not a lot happened.  Batman was pursuing an alien and faced some conflict from local law enforcement and he met Hal Jordan and we see Superman for the first time.  I am curious to see how things play out in the next few issues to see if I will continue to purchase it.  Not a bad start and I don’t have any beef with the costume changes and won’t miss Superman’s red speedo.

I finally got around to introducing my son to Bone by Jeff Smith and will have a write-up in the near future.  Happy reading.

Photo courtesy of DC Comics.

I know that a lot has been said of the DC 52 on both the positive and negative, but I thought I would weigh in with my two cents.  While not directly related to kids comics or comics I would read to my 4 year old yet, there are some comics targeted at younger audiences and I think that it has the opportunity to bring in a new group of readers.
I think digital the same day, while it may impact the comic book stores (although I don’t think it will have much impact), it is the way the industry is going.  Digital the same day is a great way to connect with younger readers who can become fans for life (and maybe venture into a store to get some back issues). 
As for relaunching the characters, I for one don’t think it is necessary and don’t think continuity in the world of comics is anything that is too crucial.  You don’t want to go crazy, but it isn’t the end of the world if things aren’t perfectly in sync.  Again, I think the goal is about new readership.  I doubt any DC fan is going to stop buying the books because of this as it sounds like DC is going to maintain its quality work.
Finally, I am most looking forward (for my son’s sake) to the Teen Titan and Blue Beetle relaunch.  While he won’t be able to read them for a while, I think that having a fresh starting point for him might be key to him maintaining his love of comics.  If you are attending the midnight launch party at Austin Books (www.austinbooks.com) then I will see you there!

Photo courtesy of DC Comics.

I know that a lot has been said of the DC 52 on both the positive and negative, but I thought I would weigh in with my two cents.  While not directly related to kids comics or comics I would read to my 4 year old yet, there are some comics targeted at younger audiences and I think that it has the opportunity to bring in a new group of readers.

I think digital the same day, while it may impact the comic book stores (although I don’t think it will have much impact), it is the way the industry is going.  Digital the same day is a great way to connect with younger readers who can become fans for life (and maybe venture into a store to get some back issues). 

As for relaunching the characters, I for one don’t think it is necessary and don’t think continuity in the world of comics is anything that is too crucial.  You don’t want to go crazy, but it isn’t the end of the world if things aren’t perfectly in sync.  Again, I think the goal is about new readership.  I doubt any DC fan is going to stop buying the books because of this as it sounds like DC is going to maintain its quality work.

Finally, I am most looking forward (for my son’s sake) to the Teen Titan and Blue Beetle relaunch.  While he won’t be able to read them for a while, I think that having a fresh starting point for him might be key to him maintaining his love of comics.  If you are attending the midnight launch party at Austin Books (www.austinbooks.com) then I will see you there!

Today is National Read Comics in Public Day!  Happy comic reading to all!  My buddy, my two kids and I went down to the Texas State Capital building today to get our public comic book reading on.  Zelda wore her Captain America outfit and Henry was rocking his Owly shirt.  Henry read Wall-E and Owly and Zelda read Gabba Ball.  I read Morning Glories by Nick Spencer and then wrapped up our trip by reading Axe Cop to both of them.  I hope everyone else had a nice time reading comics in public today.

For more information on Read Comics in Public day check out http://readcomicsinpublic.com/ and if you are interested in the comics we read today you can (and should) check out www.axecop.com, www.topshelfcomix.com, www.imagecomics.com, and www.eliohouse.com.