With Comic-Con International beginning today, I thought I’d recommend a few new books for you to look out for, specifically Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae, Street Angel by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, and The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. These are all books which might appeal to new comic book readers, so if you’re attending the convention you might consider bringing one back as a gift to get your loved ones excited about the medium… Or if you’re stuck at home, these should impart a little of the variety and excitement in new comic books coming out now.
Over the last month, I embarked on a mission to find some great new comic books aimed very specifically at children (but still engaging for my adult self). The books I chose were Greg Ruth’s The Lost Boy, Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints, Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, Steve Niles and Dave Wachter’s Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, and the ongoing anthology Cartozia Tales. I wanted to find works which would be effective at entertaining both young children and adults (no small feat), drawing in a young audience to enjoy the medium, without alienating existing readers. While all of the books I chose do function very effectively as all-ages books, there is absolutely nothing childish about them, these are great comic books by any standard. Continue Reading »