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.