Kids need Encouragement
March 19, 2002
By Avi Green
Itís really distressing to hear these days about how children in
particular donít read comic books. As Iíve heard, few children take
interest in one of the best concepts that was started in the past
And thatís a shame, because today, comics need childrenís attention
more than ever.
Comics have been in a really bad strait in the past decade, the
market having collapsed in after collectors started packaging them
more carefully, and Marvel had to shoulder some of the blame for the
collapse of the distribution system as well.
And in the past years, childrenís reception of comics has gone down
considerably, with fewer children picking up and reading them, and
even at conventions today, thereís not that much reception.
Surprisingly, there is some growing attendance by more female
readers, as told once by Gravity Well, but even so, the overall
audience has diminished considerably.
But, luckily, things have been picking up fairly well in the past
year or two, with the industry making a slow but sure comeback. And
DC has made a wise move by starting to advertise their products on AOLís internet websites. Steps are
being made in order to draw in the audience again.
But even then, itís not enough. For the industry to thrive once
again, itís not only adults whoíre needed, but also children, to
read all these great books out there and to gain a following once
again for comics. Yes, even children are the ones required to help
the industry to thrive.
And thatís why Iíd like to ask anybody here whoís a parent, if
youíre a comic book fan, can you encourage even your children to
follow in your footsteps as well?
If you ask me, yes, that would help us all out tremendously. And for
a child to be encouraged to begin reading comics, they need that
encouragement at an early age. And you'd be doing a very good deed
as a parent too.
So when you have children, you should make sure to encourage even
them to be big readers as well. They do of course need to have books
available that are suitable for them, and DCís mainstay books are
probably the best choice you can get at the moment, so if and when
you have children, please push them to read. Youíll be glad you did.
In the news that's noteworthy
CrossGen, the little company that could, has just launched an
interactive website called
Comics on the Web. It's a very good site that's made some big
headlines, and Hero Realm, comicdom's most outspoken website, has a
special project tied with it. All of the best of CrossGen, from Mystic
to Sojourn, dating back to 2000 when they first began, can
be found there. Most of what's in the archives can be obtained by
subscribing for just one dollar in US terms, and the current issues
of Ruse and The Path are being offered for free
there. Be sure to check it out, it's a classic.
I've been reading Joe Kelly's current run on the JLA , and I
think it's very good. It's always so great to sit down with
everyone's favorite DC super-team, and to enjoy a great dose of
escapism. Don't miss it.
Kurt Busiek's last lap on the Avengers, detailing their
battle against the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror seems to be a
tad underrated. Personally, I'm enjoying it a lot, even if it's gone
on for more than ten issue an arc, and Warbird's characterization
was smart and right on. I'm going to miss Busiek, one of the best
writers that we've had in the past decade or so and who's come up
with some of the best character interaction and dialogue. But never
fear folks, because Geoff Johns, who's proven himself the best Flash
scribe this past year, is coming aboard, and I eagerly await his run
with huge anticipation. I can't wait.
Avi Green, who has every intention of encouraging his children to
become big comics readers when he gets them, can be reached
Copyright 2002 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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