Johanna Draper Carlson asks an interesting question at Comics Worth Reading: How frequently should children’s comics appear?
Some of my all-time favorite comics are graphic novel series for kids, such as Owly or Amelia Rules!, but I’m an adult, and waiting anywhere from six months to two years for a new installment is nothing for me. I’m not sure kids have that much patience. When an original series like Amulet puts out a book every year, are kids still interested? Or does it depend on how old they are?
The problem, of course, is that kids age from year to year, so if a series has several volumes and one comes out a year, the first cohort of kids to read it may have outgrown it before the last volume appears. On the other hand, assuming the books stay in print, kids who discover the series later will be able to read all the volumes at once if they like. Floppy comics present a different problem, as they typically come out once a month or so and are hard to find after their initial sales period.
At Comic Attack, Andy talks to Don Jackson, who has created Cognitive Comics, a program that teaches kids how to tell stories in comics form. At The Hooded Utilitarian, Sean Michael Robinson writes about “those damn anime kids,” who just sit around drawing manga all day, and about teachers who regard that as some sort of problem.
This one is strictly for fun: Bully, the little stuffed bull, looks at the time lag between a fad appearing in real life and appearing in Archie Comics. Be sure to scroll all the way down for the full effect.
Speaking of Archie Comics, they have some previews up of Betty & Veronica Digest and Veronica #202; the latter is the historic comic in which Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archieverse, makes his debut.
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