I was all set to post my first Friday comic article about Constantine and the Hellblazer series, but then something amazing happened on Wednesday. I put a call out to the twitterverse for recommendations and the response was incredible.

The Backstory:

A friend of mine has a “comic/graphic novel crazy seven year old” girl and she was looking for recommendations. She turned to me because apparently those she’s turned to before only want to show her daughter My Little Pony (MLP) books. Now that’s not to say there is anything wrong with MLP, but when a little girl asks for more action oriented tales, she should get some. I offered up the suggestions of the brand new Gotham Academy and Ms. Marvel. I also threw out Avenger’s Academy, but because I haven’t read it I wasn’t sure if it was entirely appropriate. Being a primarily DC Comics/Vertigo chick, I didn’t have much else to offer. So I turned to twitter and my fellow Iggles. The results were phenomenal!

The Main Event:

It all started with this simple request:

And then some recommendations began to come in.  People suggested Lumberjanes, Bee and Puppy Cat, and Scooby Doo.  The International Geek Girls Pen Pals HQ retweeted to help me out and more recommendations came pouring in. More people singing the praises of Lumberjanes and Ms. Marvel.  People suggested Bbravest Warriors, Teen Titans Go, Adventure Time, and Princeless. Fellow Iggle Blogger Mara chimed in to help:

Then the talented comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (“Captain Marvel”) retweeted the request and things got really crazy.  Recommendations came pouring in almost faster than I could read them.  Zita the Spacegirl, Cleopatra in Space, and Amulet were new suggestions. Suggestions started coming in from other comics writers.

Princess Ugg, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures, Bandette, Bone, Mouse Guard, Kelly Sue’s run on Avengers Assemble, Lenore by Roman Dirge, Samurai Jack, Faith Erin Hicks’s Superhero Girl and more. Parents said what their kids were reading:

And we got creators chiming in about their books:

 

Some twitter users helpfully pointed out that libraries often have comics and graphic novels available. You can try some titles out without spending any money.  And on a related note, when it comes to recommendations for your child, please be sure to flip through them first. You know what your child can and can’t handle and every child is different. What is acceptable for one may not be for another.  Hopefully, out of all these recommendations there’s something for every seven-year-old girl who just wants to read comics.

As you can see, the response was incredible and heartwarming.  It was great to people sharing their love of comics and interacting with each other about so many great titles.

The Aftermath:

I forwarded several of the recommendations to my friend and needless to say she was quite happy. In fact, she’s ready to stockpile books for holiday gifts. Hopefully, these recommendations will prove useful for others in need of age-appropriate comic/graphic novels or others just looking for new reads. I know I’m going to be checking out several of the recommended titles. Huge thanks and hugs to everyone who responded to my request and offered suggestions. This is just one of the many reasons I appreciate and love the twitterverse and the geeks who play in it.