by Jenn Kelly
AGE APPROPRIATE GEEK READING (Part One)
This is not an article on the crassness of figures drawn in graphic novels/comic books. That being said:
I am a strict parent. I believe in teaching respect, compassion and love, and keeping my son as innocent as possible, for however long I can. This is my job. He does not need to see the awfulness of our world at such a young age. And it is not easy finding reading material that is appropriate and interesting. However, having done some extensive research, I present to you a careful entry into the world of geek, for your young ones. All books can be purchased at your local Comic Book Store and found at the library.
DC: TINY TITANS
A simply-drawn, colourful comic by Art Baltazar and Franco that is filled with children superheroes (Supergirl, Batman, Wonderwoman!) having silly adventures, using witty puns, and demonstrating equality between them all. It's adorable. Sells for about $16.
A graphic novel rated E, created by Chris Giarrusso. G-Man is a kid learning to be a superhero, among his superhero friends. You can imagine the trouble they get into and the silliness from learning to fly, fight and blow things up. Sells for about $10.
STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY
This book is brilliant. Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown (the same author of 'Darth Vader and Son'), the Jedi Academy follows the adventures of young Luke Skywalker and his buds attending the Jedi School. Darth Maul and Yoda are teachers. The jokes are perfect. Silly, witty and offers full nights of giggles. Selling for about $7.
MAL AND CHAD
This graphic novel is less about superheroes and more about a boy-genius inventor and his best friend, his dog named Chad. They have creative adventures, have emotionally-tugging moments and learn something transformative at the end of the day. Sells for about $11.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
How could you possibly forget about this brilliant character from the 40's? When was the last time you took a look? Herge created an exceptional protagonist who has the coolest travels and mysterious adventures. Granted, some of the wording is outdated and Captain does drink, but Herge outshines
Parents. Please, check the book before your child reads it. I wish books had warning signs that said, 'contains sex, contains girls acting stupid, contains shallow materialism, contains thought provoking images'. But they don't. Life is not like it was way-back-when. For the love of your child and their own growth, please care about what they're reading. Because no one else does.
Jenn Kelly is a published author who is learning the girl geek-dom. You can visit her webpage that she is supposed to update, but never does. http://www.jennkelly.com/ Um...that's all.