Kapi-Mana News : December 20th 2011
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, DECEMBER 20, 2011 NEWS FEATURE 4254050AA Brenden Jacobsen Cheryl Amys 17 Kenepuru Drive | Porir ua | Phone (04) 237 4174 18 Kapiti Road | Paraparaumu | Phone (04) 297 0207 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ninness.co.nz Christmas is a time to celebrate together with family and friends. If you know of anyone who is missing someone close, try and find time to contact them. 3642909AA Win comics! No longer kids' domain From alleged cause of juvenile delinquency to applauded literacy tool, to source material for every second Hollywood movie; comic books have enjoyed a considerable change in reputation over the past 50 years. But are there any funny pages still aimed at, you know, kids? MATTHEW DALLAS goes shopping. CONTINUED Page 21 All ages: Pictured above left, Graphic comic book shop manager Shane Roberts by their modest children's section. He'd like to see publishers collecting and reprinting more classic titles suitable for kids. Courtesy of Graphic, Kapi-Mana News has two comic-book prize packs to giveaway. For five to 10 year olds, there's a set of comics including Marvel Adventures: Captain America, Shrek, Cars, Wolverine Magazine and Spider- Man Black & Blue. For 11-15 year-olds, we have a prize-pack including Action Comics, Batman, Justice League of America, Ultimate X-Men and a Robin graphic novel. To enter, kids -- or parents on their behalf -- simply have to email email@example.com or post to Comics Give-away, PO Box 50012 Porirua, and tell us their favourite comic book character. Please include full name and contact details. Entries close January 10. For a child growing up in the 1980s, comic books were as essential a part of the weekly diet as BMXs, Weird Wheels bubblegum cards and Saturday morning cartoons. Every book shop or dairy worth its salt had a well-thumbed rack of American super-hero comics and tabloid-size English titles. These days comic-books are largely a niche market, available from a few speciality shops, and the tone of the stories has grown-up alongside the readers -- now mainly in their 30s and 40s. As I anticipate the watershed parenting moment when I can kick-start my son's comic collection -- admittedly still a couple of years away, presently Luke would sooner rip Batman from the page and nibble on his cowl than follow the adventures -- I'd like to think we will do better than a Ben 10 book that's more about selling the next wave of toys than telling fun tales. The bastion for comic books in the Wellington region is Graphic on Cuba St. Displays of comic-books and graphic novels run the length of the store and reflect the enduring dominance the superhero genre has had on the medium since the 1960s. Almost all carry reader recommendations of Teen-plus', and a few warn of explicit content. So what about the kids who came running in after devouring the Captain America or Thor movies? Graphic never saw them, says manager Shane Roberts. While the more gritty, adult-orientated comic- book movies -- Watchmen, Sin City and 300 -- brought in new customers, he says the cinematic incarnations of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman, etc. only stimulated greater interest in already keen readers -- the adult fanboys''. We don't see the young kids, the spin-off from the films for them are video games and TV cartoons ... Because libraries and school libraries now have more comic stuff [collected series' known as trade paperbacks'], we're not the one-stop-shop -- it's hard to gauge whether kids are reading comics and getting them elsewhere, or not reading comics.'' If the latter is the case, the publishers have only themselves to blame. They pitch few monthly series at younger readers and their penchant for event'' story arcs, that run for months and cross over numerous titles, can be impenetrable for new eyes.
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