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Hey, all.

So, I was babysitting my nieces and nephews the other day. My 9-year-old niece Bella has always liked superheroes. She loved watching B:TAS and the Gotham Girls web toons and gravitated towards Babs and Ivy.

However, when she was perusing through my comics, I realized that I didn't own a single thing that she could read. She was intrigued by the premise of Birds of Prey, but the art and the costumes are way too inappropriate. She thought Kitty Pryde was cool, but Astonishing X-Men also includes sex scenes and Emma Frost.

Do any of you know any comic series that would be appropriate for her? I was thinking that Batgirl: Year One would be safe enough, and stuff in the vain of Colleen Coover's work on X-Men: First Class would be ideal as well.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

For legality, what happens when a plant-lady seductress gets hold of a gun:

She forgets that she has it of course.

Date: 2011-07-30 02:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] turtlefu
Yeah, I would says current Batgirl isn't bad. There is some scary stuff, like the scene with Calculator and his son.

If you're okay with older comics, I would suggest the Birds of Prey era circa Nicola Scott, which doesn't have the art problems courtesy of Ed Benes.

And definitely the Marvel Adventure stuff. I even love it, it's very top-notch (the writing, not necessarily the art). And it's definitely age-appropriate.

This is probably one of DC's biggest problems. My youngest cousin LOVES Batgirl. But she doesn't know Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, I don't she'd care THAT MUCH. And yet, there is no book for her. Hey DC, you actually have a huge amount of potential costumers! Do something about THAT.

Date: 2011-07-30 03:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nezchan
See, that's what bugs me about the rebootlaunch. One reason they've been losing readers is they're not hooking them as kids. So what are they doing? Not persuing the kid market, but going after adolescents and older, while turning down things like the Lois Lane: Girl Detective stuff that could bring a wider and younger audience in.

Other than a few bright stars, there's little out there for kids, and the carnage of stuff like Brightest Day or selling Catwoman on sexy, sexy, sexy shows clearly where editorial's heads are at.

It's entirely possible to aim at multiple demographics at the same time, but DC doesn't seem to get that.

Date: 2011-07-30 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] turtlefu
I know! I mean, you have 52 DIFFERENT BOOKS. One of their selling points is that the books are fairly varied, with some not even traditional superhero books! The industry has convinced itself that kids and women don't read comics, and it's just a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Date: 2011-07-30 05:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nezchan
Yeah, it's like then shrugging and saying "can't do nuttin', it's the industry standard", when they ARE the bloody industry. It's not like DC's a small player here.

Hell, at least Marvel did Marvel Adventures. More like that, with more support from the top, and you'd see things move.


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