Alright. So for my list I decided to write about comic books! I chose this topic for a couple different reasons. One of them is because I LOVED comics when I was a kid - and our First Book campaign is all about providing books for kids! I mean, I still love comics now, but I think it's really amazing how some hobbies can grow and stick with you as you age. I'm not reading the SAME comics as I was when I was 12, but I'm definitely still reading comics and love them just as much. As a kid I was definitely a bookworm, but not all my friends were. The only exception was comics! Almost every kid I knew read at least one comic, whether it was about superheroes, magical girls, or lasagna eating cats. When I was a teen all my friends were reading manga (Japanese comics!) so my interest in comics only expanded from there. Even when I didn't have someone to discuss the latest novel I read, I always had someone to talk about comics with. Being able to discuss what I'm reading with other people has always been important to me (that's why I sometimes read awful-yet-somehow-popular books, because people aren't always reading what I like, and if I have to read whatever dystopian fiction that's popular right now to get you to talk about books with me, then dammit I guess I will...this time, anyway).
Another reason I chose this topic was because I was feeling inspired by some of the comic-related charities and programs I've been reading about lately, such as ComiCare, Comics4Kids, Reading with Pictures and The Comic Book Project. If you support comics, kids reading them, and even learning about them in school (gasp), these are all great programs to check out.
So here's my list. I wanted to make a list that could (hopefully) appeal to lots of different people. There's some for the kids, some for the adults, comedy, drama, fantasy and just regular real life stuff. Maybe I didn't meet all those categories perfectly but at least I gave it a shot, hahah.
1. Runaways - Not the most mainstream Marvel comic, but definitely one of my favorites. Runaways is about a group of seemingly normal teens - Alex, Karolina, Gertrude, Chase, Nico and eleven year old Molly - who are lumped together during an annual "charity event" and find out that their parents are in an evil organization called The Pride. And that they also have superpowers, so they're basically supervillians. The group decides they don't want to live with crazy evil parents, so they run away together and soon discover they have their own powers, too. And a dinosaur! I'd recommend this for ages 13 and up. Most of it is fine for even younger, but there's some language and (spoiler) in the later issues they talk about Nico sleeping around a little and stuff. A lot of the characters are angsty teenagers, but I guess I would be too if I found out my parents were evil.
If this is 100% not your type of thing, I still want to take a second and recommend Archie comics in general. The regular series is classic fun and can be enjoyed by all ages :)
3. Teen Titans Go! (or Tiny Titans for an even younger crowd) - If you're looking to dip your toes into the massive and often confusing DC universe, I think Teen Titans Go! is a fun place to start (I also love the show, but we're talking about comic books today)! The Teen Titans are a group consisting of characters you probably already know - Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven and Cyborg - but as the title implies they're all teenagers in this series. Teen Titans Go! is a really easy series to get into, as a lot of the issues have their own one-shot story. No worries about jumping in wherever if you can't find the specific issue you're looking for. The stories are silly and comedic, and often focus on adventures they have outside from regular saving the world stuff. Teen Titans Go! is great for all ages, but if you're looking for something similar for younger kids that DOESN'T have teenage protagonists, take a look at Tiny Titans! It revolves around the same characters, only younger, and they're all together in an elementary school called Sidekick City! It's adorable. On the other hand if you're looking for something with a little more plot, try the older Teen Titans comics (sans the "Go!" part, which makes a big difference, hahah).
5. Rat Queens - This one I added 100% for me and other adult comic fans reading this. Don't share it with your little kids, ok? Hahah. Rat Queens is another recent favorite of mine, and is about four female, foul mouthed, badass adventurers. It takes place in a medieval fantasy setting that brought me back to my days of playing Dungeons & Dragons. What really makes this series stand out are the unique characters. There's the hipster dwarf, Violet (she started shaving her beard BEFORE it was cool), the hippie halfling/thief Betty, who's always hunting for shrooms and candy, an atheist cleric originating from a cult that worships Cthulhu-esqu tentable monsters, named Dee, and finally the rockabilly eleven mage, Hannah. There's lots of fighting, lots of thieving and lots of awesome.
...and that wraps up my list! Below you'll find the linky tool thing, if you'd like to share your own list with us! We love reading what you have to say. As an extra bonus, we also have another giveaway this week, courtesy of Pam! Enter below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card :) Maybe you can use it to buy books for you or your loved ones?!
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