Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 28, which is a Comic For Kids
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
Really, this SHOULD be Jeff Smith’s Bone. I already did Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge for a comic that I’d recommend to anyone (i.e. a great all-ages comic) and Bone was the next best choice for THAT one, so now that I’m at a comic specifically for kids, I should go with Bone here. Bone is great.
However, I dunno, I think everyone already knows Bone is awesome. So let me mix things up a bit!
So I will go with Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin.
The story is about a young girl who goes to live with her oblivious money and status-obssessed parents in the mansion of their uncle (whose great-uncle he is is up to debate – he might even be Courtney’s Great-Great-Great-Great Uncle!).
As you can see, the mansion has a great deal of spooky stuff going on.
Courtney has trouble making friends in school…
When running away from the bullies, her dumb friend follows her and GETS EATEN BY A GOBLIN!!!
Yeah, this is definitely a lot darker than you might expect. And that’s what I like about this comic, that it is FOR kids but it doesn’t talk down to kids. Kids don’t need to be coddled and Naifeh knows that. I really appreciate it.
Courtney eventually discovers that her Uncle is a great magician, and she swiped a few spells to get revenge on the goblin…
The series is quite well-told, with nice artwork and a strong sense of character-building with Courtney. Check out this sequence from a later issue…
Good stuff – telling a fantastical story but having real life issues be the heart of the tale. Well done by Naifeh.
Oni has collected the whole run so far in trades.
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