How do I figure out age appropriate comic book/media (ages 9-11)?
December 3, 2013 11:46 AM Subscribe
I have a niece and two nephews. As the one among my siblings who's into comic book culture, my brothers have started asking me for input and recommendations for the kids, and I'm finding myself having some trouble. A lot of superhero comics may or may not be age appropriate and I also worry about some of the weird sexist subtext in a lot of stuff. I am asking this partially for input in picking Christmas gifts, but also in order to be a better family resource.
posted by Karmakaze to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
All of the kids have advanced reading skills and parents who can talk them through problematic stuff if needed.
I am closest to my niece (K, age 9.5). Last year I had good luck with the recent Power Pack collection, and only moderate interest in the manga (Cardcaptor Sakura) and independent collection (Leave it to Chance). I think K didn't have the cultural vocabulary to be thrown into "backwards" reading manga and get the tropes, but she is a year older now. She likes Archie comics. If I could get trade paperbacks of the original 1980's Power Pack run, I'd pick those up in a heartbeat. K seems really sensitive to violence in movies, but can handle it in text or comic form. She really likes the current Spiderman cartoon. Would the current Teen Titans/Young Justice be age appropriate? Are there any of the old runs of Wonder Woman in reprint that might be good?
My nephews (S, age 9, and A, age 11) are a little farther from me, so I don't have as good a feel for them. I did really well with A last year after finding out that he was into Tintin; I tracked down some real old-school Popeye adventure comics. There are probably other old pulps I might find in reprint. I'd love good recommendations there. S is apparently into Greek Mythology so if I can't find graphic novels for him I have some other avenues. I gather from their dad that he's been struggling a bit with finding age appropriate graphic novels for them as well.
So, the question is, what recommendations can folks give for age-appropriate materials that are available (in print, reprint, or used are all fine)?
Also, what parameters can I use to determine age appropriateness? I don't have that good of a feel for pre-teens. What can I look for as a good sign or avoid as a red flag?