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So Long

Yeah, This blog is done. Not because I have nothing to say about All-Ages stuff, just because I don’t want this to exist in it’s own universe. So, all my posts about All-Ages Books are moving themselves to join my posts on everything else. This move is totally designed to actually make sure I write about all ages stuff, as opposed to what I do now, which is not write at all. So. . .

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July 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Saturday May 1st is Free Comic Book Day. Wow did that sneak up on me.

So for those of you that don’t know what’s up Free Comic Book Day is the day where the retailers, out of the kindness of their hearts (wrong), decide to give out a free selection of books. Do not be misled, not all comics are free. You can’t just run up in a store and jack their stuff. What you can do is take from the books that have been provided from select comic book publishers. There is normally a large variety to choose from, and this is the one week of the year all-ages books should be super easy to find.

The big downside is the only way to get these books is to find a local comic shop. The FCBD website I linked to earlier should have a locator. Now, there is not telling what books you will find when you go. Some stores actually don’t let you get free stuff unless you purchase something as well (thus eliminating the free part).  Some stores have been known to only allow you to get a small number of books (one to five, allowing more with larger purchases), and often times you can only get one copy of each. Some stores (Here’s looking at you people at a certain really big comic book store in my city. jerks) will only allow you one copy of each book. Even if you have more than one kid with you. So look out for bad retailers.

Clone Trooper at FCBD 2009

Now that I’ve put you off the entire idea let me reiterate that the majority of places you can go are awesome. This is the one day of the year it isn’t impossible to get outsiders to go to the comic shop so the retailers should be on their best behavior. This may be the only chance they have at getting your business.

If you live in Charlotte, NC come holla at me. There’s a strong chance that I’ll be hanging out at Rebel Base Comics and Toys. I’ll be the one sitting in the way of everything just blocking your path and being a general bother to both staff and customers. This isn’t a commercial for the store, it’s just where I’ll likely be at a good portion of the day.

Also feel free to check out the few other shops in the city where I will most likely be poking my head into.

A.Pennyworth’s Comics and News is great and usually empty so it’s your best option if you don’t want to get smothered.

Rebel Base is a small shop.

Heroes is the biggest store in Charlotte (And I think the entire South East United States) and is swamped like a moderately attractive female at a pen and paper rpg convention. (really, it’s super packed.)

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment

DC Kids has a new Website

DC has finally done away with the most ridiculous of the big all-ages comics websites. I don’t have any screen shots of the old site (really, who wants ’em?) but this new site is significantly improved. It is a bit much on the flash, but it is used well.

The most important thing I’ve seen is that the #1 issues for just about all of their titles are available to read. The one downside is that they load up in .pdf files online. PDFs on the internet just flat out suck. They are way slow, but it is much much better than nothing so mad props to DC! You can choose to upload them in low or hi resolution, so if you have a slower internet connection you can still try and view them.

The titles available are: Batman: Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In the 8th Grade, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!, Super Friends, Tiny Titans, Justice League Unlimited, Looney Tunes #100, Scooby-Doo, Cartoon Network Action Pack

It also appears that DC comics is putting up some of the older titles for sale. So if you missed out on titles like Batman Beyond or Justice League Unlimited you can snatch them up for just around $10 again. I strongly recommend any of the “Jam Packed Action” books, be they Justice League, Cartoon Network, or The batman. I also suggest Powerpuff Girls Vol. 1. That books is Awesome.

Just give the new web site a look, you might find something you like there.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Comics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Direction

I have been super slack lately with the updates, but that’s been for good reasons. I’ve been throwing some ideas around  on how to make this thing better. The biggest thing is I’m going to just, for the most part, ignore single issues.  Following the direct market is really some sort of lost cause. Instead I’ll just be talking about the collections that are out or are coming out. I’ll talk about some of the bigger news that happens, and I’ll talk about digital stuff. My new goal is just to provide as much information on the things that might spark an interest in people (especially juveniles) reading comics.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment

Duck Tales!

I recently just found the majority of the original Duck Tales TV series. That’s a good show, and now Boom Studios is hitting that well again by bringing back that series in Uncle Scrooge’s Comic. That’s an excellent place to put it. Want more news? Here it is. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=25330

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Getting Your Kids Reading With Comics Pt 2

Is that title long enough for everyone? Once again I apologize on being late, who knew I’d be spending my week away from classes helping my younger siblings rock out their homework? Moving on. (There’s a vocab list at the bottom of the article. I just realized how much silly terminology I used in this article).

This post is simply about book formats. This will be the easiest thing we cover. Seriously, the easiest (I think). The only thing you don’t really want to do is buy a bunch of books on the monthly, unless you’re cash flow positive. It’s just not a smart way to go about it. Now, if you’re already big into comics and are using a service like dcbservice.com to pick up your books this advice isn’t as much for you. There are only a few real benefits to buying a title monthly.

1.) Getting a story in chunks is kind of cool. There is something to be said for the art of telling a story in parts. It also extends your potential enjoyment of the story out months at a time. If you’re reading Wonderful Wizard of Oz one issue a month you get eight months of story from it. In a world where we tend to absorb our media rather quickly this style of story telling forces us to enjoy our stuff like we enjoy Dr. Pepper.It’s a smooth experience.

2.) You can absolutely never be too certain that all the titles that come out in a monthly format will come out in a collected format. It doesn’t matter what they tell you, until it comes out you just can’t be sure. Unless it’s Marvel. Then you have a 98% chance they’re going to trade it.

With that out of the way we can talk about collections of comics. To me, this just feels like the best way to go about buying comics.  More often than not you don’t have to worry about getting the entire story. It’s going to be in the book you bought. Even if that book is one part of a larger story writers have moved towards making each book work by itself.

An important note on trades and graphic novels aimed at kids is they will more often than not come in digest form. The bright side means that these guys are cheap, usually coming it at under ten dollars. I believe the highest I’ve seen a digest go up to is fifteen, and that was a thick thick book. The down side is that the art is definitely squished. Art designed to be ten inches tall condensed to six inches can suffer at times and the lettering can be hard to read. That isn’t always the case, but it is something to look out for.

If a book is going to come out in a larger format there is a strong chance you’ll get one of two options for purchasing, either Hardcover or Softcover. Which one you want is purely subjective. Hardcovers cost more and tend to be sturdier, but I find the paperback books to be much more portable and easy to read. The price range on these books will be around the eighteen to twenty five dollar market depending on hard or soft cover and depending on size of the book.

So there you have the formats. Digests, Softcovers and Hardcovers. I’ll include a picture for reference later when I figure out where I hid all my digests at. After my last move there’s no telling where those things are.

Glossary of stupid words and terms I used

Trade – Short form for “Trade Paperback (TPB).” Trade has also become short form for any kind of collected book be it hardcover, softcover or digest. It can be used as a verb as well (ex. “waiting for them to trade it.” which simply means waiting for the publisher of a book to collect a group of single issues into it’s own book).

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boom Announces Darkwing Duck

One day I’ll get with the pun filled headlines.  I really don’t feel it was necessary for this though. This is just good news to be celebrated. Now I’ll link you to comic book resources where someone that gets paid to write wrote a bunch of words about it. The most exciting news for me is that it’s being written by an ex journalist. I knew the name sounded familiar and I checked and Ian Brill (the writer) worked for publisher’s weekly about three or four years ago.

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Comics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting Your Kids Reading with Comics

First thing I feel like I need to note is I am not a parent. Not even close. I am the oldest of five siblings. There is a 302% chance you know more about raising children than I do. So please don’t get mad if I make declarative statements that are completely wrong. In fact, just correct me and hopefully I’ll be smarter for it by the time I have kids (which honestly may be never).

Declarative statement #1: One of the most effective ways to get your kids to read is by finding literature they’re interested in. There are books on everything. Everything. Now finding comics on that stuff is a little trickier, but it can be done. The way things are looking today, if you can buy a toy for it you may be able to find a comic about it.

I know in my experience that’s one of the biggest barriers to entry. My little brother will read star wars books or sports books, but little else. I’ve tried a bunch of different kinds of books that would seem to me like something he’d like but they’re not his wheelhouse and reading those was a struggle.

Know what? I’m going to just publish this now and come back tomorrow (yay spring break! I can actually post stuff!) and write more on this. I’ll give actual recommendations and actual advice on how to find comics someone might actually want to read.

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday May 10th 2010 Releases

Boom Kids!

CARS #2

I think I’m one of a small group of people that publicly enjoys cars, but I’m just not sure this book is for me. I don’t know who the book is written for other than kids that play with hot wheels. If that’s in your wheelhouse then I’m sure this will work as an extension of your playtime, otherwise, I’ll recommend passing on this.

The Muppet Show Comic Book #3

I think this book is getting better. It is still divisive amongst long time fans of the Muppets. Some people don’t mind the art, some abhor it. The short sketches are quite funny, but the overall story lines are hit or miss. This issue promises lots of Statler and Waldorf so I’m in.

Toy Story #2

I am in love with “Not Really” Buzz Lightyear. This story continues in adventures with him and finding the real one. Can’t wait to see how this goes down. I’m really not certain how Boom is going to handle the collections of these issues, but if it’s not a rip off or just all around not good I’ll say try to pick it up.

Walt Disney Comics and Stories #704

I’m still excited about this story. All I know is Mickey had a robot and a bunch of people got kidnapped. Looks dangerous.

Johny DC!

Super Friends #25

This week really belongs to this book. I can’t say enough good words about this title and how much fun it is.

Marvel Kids!


Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #1

If you haven’t picked up their first adventure the paperback comes out in May, or you can try the Hardcover. I’m usually not big on Hardcovers, too expensive for my blood, but some people swear by the ability to wipe water off quickly without doing too much damage to the book.

Anyway, this single book is only (yes yes I know) $2.99 which is infinitely more palatable than the $3.99 special a few months back. Bah.


Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #21

THE NOT QUITE FINAL ISSUE! It’s sort of final, but remember, the book is being relaunched in April with a brand new #1 for you to collect! YAY! (The Yay is sarcasm).

Super Hero Squad #3

I don’t know what’s going on in the issue but the cover has Thor and the Warriors 3 in a hair metal band. I know I know, can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I’m going to do that here. This may be the best book you ever read (that’s hyperbole).

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sorry about last week. I overextended myself a bit, but we’re back on track.

Before we get to the current books I’ll proudly say I’ve read “The Life and Times of  Scrooge McDuck” and it’s AWESOME. Really. I’ll write a review for it by July. That’s a promise. Unless I die. Then that won’t happen.

Boom Kids!

Donald Duck and Friends #351

I’m pretty sure most kids today have no idea that Donald is actually a world renown super spy. So known in fact that I’m not sure, even he, at times remembers.

Muppet King Arthur #2

You really can’t give me enough Arthurian stories. I’ll take about any retelling that I can get. (Well, not Martin Lawrence’ “Black Knight” or Camelot 3000, but just about anything else). This Muppet retelling is actually good. I recommend picking it up.

Wall-E #3

Enter the cockroach.

Johnny DC

GET THAT OUTTA HERE!

Billy Batson and the Magic Of Shazam! #13

Light week on the wallet for Johnny DC Fanboys. Just one title, at least it’s a great one. This is the current artist’s last issue on the book, and he’s using it to bring back Black Adam. I am thoroughly excited for this.

Marvel Kids

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #60

This book is winding down before it’s relaunch later this year and it’s doing so very well. This week’s story is Spidey and the NYPD trying to find Emma Frost. Should be nothing but fun. That’s not sarcasm.

The Marvelous Land of Oz #4

This is one of the best books you can be reading right now, All-Ages or no. It’s super good. This is my favorite of the sixteen thousand Wizard of Oz books. I love seeing what Skottie Young is doing on every page.

Bird!

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Comics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment