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Friday, March 19, 2010 

So comics can draw children's interest at a library...

The Jackson Sun says that comics can encourage children's reading, and that it's worked at a local library.

I just hope whatever they have in store there is suitable for younger audiences, of course.

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Coincidentally, I'm actually from Jackson. Well, the Jackson area; it's the only thing worth mentioning between Nashville and Memphis. I spent a lot of hours in the city library growing up.

Oddly enough, I didn't need comic books to have a interest in reading. Burgess Thornton, CS Lewis, Roald Dahl, and the like did plenty to inspire me to love reading there. I can't think of a comic that did anything like that.

I'm a librarian, and there are a lot of comics to inspire under readers under 12. I remember the original Classic Comics from grade school that led me to read Edgar Allen Poe, "Dracula", Jules Verne, "Pride And Prejudice", etc. These days, there's a lot more variety, from Asterix to Baby Mouse, to "Rapunzel's Revenge", to Garfield and the Archie comics.

So yeah, there are lots of great comics out there; you just need to know where to find them.

Bleugh! I meant "readers under 12" of course.

To put a good word in for Marvel (and to be able to do so for once), Roy Thomas has been doing adaptations of classic stories for the company. I haven't had a chance to read any as of yet, but I'd be willing to bet they'd be a good read for all ages.

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