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    I didn't see any recent thread for discussing and recommending comics for teens and children, and as a brand new aunt, was hoping we could get one started. This is mostly a crass attempt to get y'all to tell me what to buy for my new niece and nephews, but hopefully it's also an interesting thing to talk about.

    You see, my sister recently married a fellow with a daughter (12) and son (13), and will have a baby boy later this year. They're all readers and clever, cool people. First presents for the kids were not so difficult; I got the girl Gunnerkrigg Court for her birthday, naturally, and picked things off their amazon lists for Christmas. This will be hard to keep up, though, because I know very little of what kids like (even when I was one, they all seemed pretty baffling) but want to show these three kids new, world expanding stories and art that will help them grow up to be the awesome adults they have the potential to be. Not too much to ask, right?

    I understand babies don't come out reading, though, or even seeing straight, so probably best to stick with tiny hats and stuffed turtles there for now, yeah? When do they start reading, anyway?
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
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    NEXTWAVE. It won a YALSA award for Young Adult Graphic Novel. It is comics perfection.

    THE WINDUP GIRL. BONE is quite popular with kids. I can see BLACKSAD appealing to young adults.

    There's more.
    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011 edited
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    Demo I think would be a pretty good read. Not gory or anything but tackles issues about who they are at a time that the question will be racing through their head. Offroad by Sean Murphy is getting re-released which I think would be alright for a teen as well.

    Oh and the Death trades by Gaiman I think would be a great read for teens.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011 edited
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    > probably best to stick with tiny hats and stuffed turtles there for now, yeah?

    Perhaps things that are especially made for infants: they may suck on it if they have it and like it, so it ought to be the right material (e.g. no poisonous paint, and not a fabric that will shed) and the right size (nothing they could choke on or swallow).

    > When do they start reading, anyway?

    You read to them!

    As early as possible: it's good for them to hear language.

    Any children's stories (e.g. Some dogs do was one that *I* enjoyed recently, for a two-year-old) tend to be illustrated anyway.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
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    Second Nextwave and Off Road
    Dungeon series by Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim.
    Asterix and Spirou are always fun.
    Tintim and Blake & Mortimer depend on the person reading. I've read them as a kid and didn't like them very much but others loved it.
    Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Mailey probably a couple years down the road for the girl.
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    For the young ones, you can't go wrong with Andy Runton's OWLY books or Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yu's GUINEA PIG, PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE series. For kinds in their early teens--especially ones who enjoyed GUNNERKING COURT--Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin is a great slice of gothicy goodness. And there's the SANDMAN series, which is probably best read when your 14. And then reread for the rest of your life.
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    Fan - I will, unfortunately, not be able to do much of the reading to the baby; they live in a different state. But honestly, they're probably already reading to the belly.

    Great suggestions from everyone already, thank y'all. I'm looking them all up through google and my own bookshelves right now. Can't believe I didn't think of Sandman and the Death trades, the girl will love those, and I'll look into Courtney Crumrin. The boy's birthday is coming up soon, too, and I'll have to read Blacksad, it looks promising, and even if he wouldn't like it, I just really want to read it now. (I'm not as good at figuring out what he would like). Those guinea pig detective books look adorable. No reason not to stockpile books for the baby...

    See what happens when loved ones have children? You go around saying words like "adorable." It's not right.
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      CommentAuthoremonster
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
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    My three year old love JOHNNY BOO! and my five year old loves MOUSE GUARD.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011 edited
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    A recent comic that came out that, sadly, was recently cancelled, was Thor: The Mighty Avenger. Solid all-ages book, and I imagine that the kids would want to read it since no doubt the movie's going to make the character rather cool in the kid's eyes.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
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    Courtney Crumrin was really good. I recently got the four current graphic novels from my local library and really enjoyed them. I think they'd be good for teens and just slightly pre-teen.

    My niece is 10 and she really loves Jill Thompson's SCARY GODMOTHER as well as the MAGIC TRIXIE stories. And personally I dig 'em too.

    BONE is great for all ages.
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      CommentAuthorAgentCoop
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
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    No kid should have a bookshelf that doesn't contain "Calvin And Hobbes" and "Peanuts" collections. And if you're interested in idoctrinat- er -introducing them to mainstream superhero stuff you might want to look at things like Superman: Man Of Steel by John Byrne and Batman: Year One by Frank Miller. Older stuff, but they still hold up and those two stories kindled a love for those characters that I still carry today.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
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    Scott Pilgrim. Yeah, they probably won't get *all* of it, but the bits they don't get will make for some awesome 'ask the parents' moments.
    • CommentAuthorColby
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
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    Children
    Super Dinosaur by Robert Kirkman
    Takio by Brian Michael Bendis
    The Disney line from Boom Studios
    The kids line from DC comics
    Marvel Essentials and DC Showcase (I don't know thats what I read when I was ten.)

    Teens
    Invincible by Robert Kirkman
    Most superhero stuff, especially at Marvel and DC. Choose at your discretion the ones that are the easiest to understand.
    Would say Ultimate Spider-Man but they had a flood so nobody cares anymore.
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    From my point of view i started off as a Beano and Dandy read and then got into 2000AD at about aged 13. My son, who isn't into comics as much is reading the current Assasains Creed mini as he likes the game (he's 12) my daughter on the other hand loves the Dandy and at the last MCM expo I got her a manga style fairy tales. She's also got a few wonder woman and batgirl. But really my LCS only has 'older' comics.
    The disney stuff from Boom is a good idea though.
    As for Calvin & Hobbes - that works on many levels!
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    Has anyone mentioned Runaways by Brian K Vaughn yet? It might be a bit dated for todays kids, I dunno.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
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    (Almost) anything by Doug Tennapel, would be good. (Black Cherry is more "adult", but Ghostopolis, Creature Tech, and Monster Zoo, are highly recommended.)
    Marvel's Wizard of Oz books, arted by Skottie Young.
    Nate Powell's books would be interesting for teens.
    Agent Coop already mention Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts, to that I would add Bloom County.

    Josh Alves' Arachnid Kid is great fun, and interesting for it's "picto-speak" in which th main character speaks in rebuses.
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    For younger (i.e., post-kindergarten, pre-teen) kids, I'd recommend:

    Doug Tennapel's TOMMYSAURUS REX and/or his CREATURE TECH;
    J. Marc Schmidt's EGG STORY;
    Shaun Tan's THE ARRIVAL, which is all-ages, and TALES FROM OUTER SURBURBIA, which is more child-oriented;
    Herge's TINTIN;
    Goscinny & Uderzo's ASTERIX (I don't trust the ones don by Uderzo alone, they seem less clever);
    Mark Crilley's AKIKO;
    And of course Jeff Smith's BONE.
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    What about some of IDW's licenced titles? GI Joe, Ghostbusters and Transformers?
    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
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    I second Calvin and Hobbes and would take it further in saying that no bookshelf should go without a calvin and hobbes collection.

    How was Marvel's Wizard of Oz anyways? I still haven't had a chance to read it.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
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    @gzapata: Skottie's art is fantastic, and, of course, it follows the stories pretty well, so there's that.