A couple of years ago, one of my friends had a unique problem:  Her son was really bothered by a comic book that he’d gotten Gramma to buy him, a back issue acquisition that turned out to be an issue of ‘Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters.’  Y’know, the book where Oliver Queen starts skewering people with broadhead hunting arrows instead of the trusty boxing glove version?  It caused a ruckus, but the biggest takeaway for everyone is the same headline used over and over by foolish writers discovering a new adult title: “Comics aren’t just for kids anymore!”  To be honest, they haven’t been for decades, but whether or not that’s a shame is subjective, leading to today’s spinner rack query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is a bit bothered that almost no one focuses on younger readers anymore, and when they do, it feels very cynical and pandery, asking: Should comics be for kids?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. February 24, 2017 at 11:57 am — Reply

    Not exclusively. Just as with cartoons, the notion that comics are only for children is silly (and a little bit insulting). It is just another medium of storytelling, and I like that there is a balance of material available for just about any age range, interest and so on. Having all comics be kid friendly is limiting, and would be like forbidding any other medium from having more mature stories. Imagine if all movies had to comply to a “G” rating.

    But while there are some rating systems, I do wish it were clearer that a comic is going to be all-ages friendly or mature, mostly to keep angry parents groups from having anything close to valid ammunition, but also to help prevent youngsters from picking up a disturbing or inappropriate story.

  2. February 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    Yes they should be, but not only for kids. This is just a medium to tell a story. Like Books, TV, and Movies. They all have Not For Kids content but a lot for kids. I think the issue is kids are not into comics like back in the day, well because there are more mediums for them to see and read stuff like the internet and TV. So that market is lacking the $$$$. Now should there be more For Kids content in comics, UH YES, it would make older people (but younger then Stephen) have a chance to buy for our kids and/or kids in our family. I know I would love to give my kids as well as my niece and nephew some good Avengers or Wonder Woman stores for there age group. Maybe retell some great stories in that format.

  3. Frank
    February 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    In theory, Yes (See the above comments for great arguments). In practice, 4-5 dollars for 20 pages is a bit too much for kids. They can buy an app for their phone for that price.

  4. February 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    I think comics should be for everybody. Its possible to tell stories that appeal to various kinds of people, so no need to stick just appealing to one group.

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