Will kids read more comics thanks to tablets?
1 expert and 2 parents have answered
It’s a cliché – and a widely-reported one – but clichés are often true: comics aren’t just for kids any more! Maybe even drop the ‘just’ because, for various reasons, kids don’t read many comics these days. And if it weren’t for tablets, it might stay that way.
‘Most people, no matter how mainstream or accepted comics are at the moment, still hold on to this outdated notion that comic books are a kids’ medium,’ says comic store owner Edward Uvanni.
‘I think they are a bit surprised to find out that most of the books in my store are not really all ages appropriate.’
What happened? It’s a mix of things – other mediums vying for the youth’s attention (video games and the internet, mostly), how inaccessible Batman comics with a forty-year back story are, original fans growing up; not to mention how old-fashioned those paper pamphlets seem.
As a geek (who wrote about this a bit for his university dissertation), this saddens me, but there are more palpable problems this breeds – since comics often help those with little interest in traditional books learn to read, what happens when they abandon those too? Luckily, making the leap to the digital realm might help cause a comic book resurgence.
The ‘big two’ of Marvel (Spider-man, the Avengers, the X-men) DC (Superman, Batman) both release their comics in print and on iOS, Android and even Kindle systems; even better than that, Comics4Kids app gives kids access to an even larger library of comics, and none that parents might deem ‘unsuitable’. Excelsior!
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I hope so because I love comics! But like any other content, a parent or guardian must monitor which comics get purchased. Even the most popular characters, such as Spider Man, can have certain plot lines that deal with dark subjects that kids aren't ready to deal with yet.
One of the comics I have in my small collection is a plot line concerning the fact that the superheroes that could have prevented the September 11 (9/11) attacks on the United States were actually tending to other emergencies at the time. That isn't a violent story, but it certainly is an adult-sized load of emotion for a kid to think about.
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If your child reads loves to read comics then he or she will read comics on any format.