Comics and graphic novels can fire a child's imagination beyond words.By Michael Berry, guest blogger for Common Sense Media
Take one look at news coverage from Comic-Con in San Diego this week, and you'll understand why it's such a cliché to say that "comics aren't just for kids any more." Comics-related entertainment is a multibillion-dollar business, enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. But, as a parent, how do you foster a love of graphic storytelling without overwhelming your kids with age-inappropriate content? By knowing what to look for -- and being careful about what to avoid.
When my son, Lowell, was in grade school and enjoying the Captain Underpants books and Calvin & Hobbes collections, I would bring home comics from the office, as part of my job as a freelance book critic. But there were a whole lot I never shared with him, because they were simply too dark, too complicated, or too adult.
Between trying to explain character backstories that change constantly and confusingly (when I was a kid, Batman had just one Robin --Read More »from How to Pick the Right Comics for Your Kid