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Webcomics - The Next Generation

As I just turned 32 in March, I think it is safe to say that I am no longer "a kid". Nor do I have children of my own yet. So, I haven't really paid much attention to whether a comic on the web was kid friendly or not. But now that I have a two year old nephew, I find myself wondering what websites to take him to when he gets a bit older that are appropriate, but will get him excited about webcomics (get 'em in when they're young).

What kid-friendly webcomics would you recommend? Is this an opportunity we in the webcomics community are missing, to get a new generation of web-savvy kids interested in telling stories on the web via the webcomics medium?

Webcomics - The Next Generation

ScottoK's picture

Our daughter enjoys the Adrian Ramos comics, Count Your Sheep and No Room For Magic. They're both cute & mild and they make her laugh.

Scott-O Kuehner, Crazy In Love

http://www.crazyinlovecomic.com

I write it, then I try to draw it.

Wally and Osborne

Tyler Martin's Wally and Osborne is pretty good, and I think it's written with children in mind.

Ozy and Millie is very cute

oolong's picture

Ozy and Millie is very cute and never objectionable, though it uses a lot of long words and references that a child might not get.

i think one of the reasons that webcomics for kids is a rather untapped market is because as much as parents hate to admit it, the internet is a largely unmonitored medium and if kids today are anything like I was (e.g. a brat) a lot of them probably seek out specifically teen and adult oriented comics for the novelty of it. i remember being chastized by my parents when i was 11 or 12 for being caught looking at Sexy Losers (back when it was still the Thin H Line). though i highly doubt my own has any appeal to the under-14 crowd, and considering this possibility gives me a strange feeling that i've never experienced before. could this be... an ethic? *runs off to make more holocaust and rape jokes before it comes back*

 

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Arthur, King of Time and Space isn't targeted to kids, but on advice from my wife the lawyer I try to keep it kid-friendly on the principle of avoiding getting sued by any parents' group because some fourth grader saw cartoon sex while researching King Arthur on the internet. It gets a little bloody sometimes though.

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G'day. I make an all-ages

G'day.

I make an all-ages comic by the name of School Spirit. There's the everyday activities of a gaggle of primary school kids, but there's also the spirits living in the cemetery next door, whom only two of the children can see. The children in my grades have been reading printed versions I've left on the reading shelf for the last two years, and some regularly wander by the site as well.

It's also very Australian, which in some cases has worked as a good little hook for international readers. I even include a growing dictionary of Australian words and phrases (Strine) for those who want to understand the colourful language a little more. It was originally based on a primary school musical I wrote for the school, so the characters have actually had live action actors bring them to life...even if they were only eleven and hadn't acted before...

It might be of interest to others looking for this sort of content.

Cheers.

I'm a big fan of Scott

Seth Fronzoli's picture

I'm a big fan of Scott Sava's Dreamland Chronicles over at www.dreamlandchronicles.com. It's a wonderful all-ages comic, plus it's rendered 3D art which looks similar to all the animated films that have been popping up in recent years that kids can't get enough of.

Andy Runton's Owly is excellent as well.

 

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We make a family-friendly comic, though we did slip and use the "s" word once. Actually, at Connecticon, a lot of parents there with their younger children approved of the strip, since they could enjoy it, too.

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Calvin and Hobbes would be the best choice, in my opinion. It is a superlative strip that can appeal to both children and adults. Also check out Count Your Sheep, Copper, Jellaby, and Salamander Dreams.

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My buddy Sara Turner and I create comics meant for readers of all ages, but our comic Silver and The Periodic Forces is especially kid-friendly. It's created to feel like a Saturday Morning Cartoon from when we were kids; we try to slip some educational material between the lines, and we wrap up each episode with a moral message of sorts.

If you go to our main page you'll see we even put ratings on our books to help conscientious parents out. Not that I think everyone has to or should do this. We just chose to do it.

I do think we have an opportunity to find an audience with kids who find the idea of getting their entertainment online to be perfectly natural. I recently hosted a comics workshop at the Ann Arbor District Library, and I asked the kids how many of them read online comics. About half the room raised their hands. And most of them were under 15.

There are plenty of mainstream comics geared towards kids, but a lot of people seem to think that the publishers aren't all that interested in reaching out to them as an audience. And because this new generation is growing up taking the internet for granted, my hope is that they won't differentiate between online and print comics. It'll be just comics to them.

Maybe that's utopian thinking, I don't know.

http://www.mlatcomics.com - Saturday Morning Comics for kids of all ages.