On February 15, 2011 I wrote up a little post about a girl by the name of Zita. It’s not a particularly common name. Look through the stats of girl names in a given year and I’d wager “Zita” doesn’t even make it into the top 1000. Yet when you talk to kids and mention Zita their eyes just light up. In an age when superhero comics are more appropriate for 35-year-old men than the small children that were their original fans, it can be heartening to see a new hero emerge.
So when I was asked whether or not I’d like to write up a post explaining “My Favorite Thing About Zita the Spacegirl” the answer seemed obvious. Of course I would. And to answer the question I love Zita because she is just that. A spacegirl. A science fiction character that’s female. I mean, let’s just look at the number of science fiction titles published for children this year alone. Now let’s open it up and look at the graphic novels and the middle grade fictional books. How many of these star girls? Girls with take-n0-prisoner attitudes? Girls that are the clear cut stars, not sharing the limelight with limelight hogging boys? If you can name me three, I will give you a cookie.
No sir, Zita’s unique. Much as we would hope that she wasn’t, she is. Because with The Return of Zita the Spacegirl I honestly feel that the promise so many of us girls received with Princess Leia is getting closer to being fulfilled. But don’t take my word for it. The cover the the third and last book in the Zita cannon says it all: