If you open the door for comic book love to your children they will walk through it. Right?! I had totally given up on this idea. Almost thirteen years ago I brought a perfect little bundle of joy into this world. Almost immediately I introduced her to comic books. As a teacher I understood the value of reading to my daughter as early as possible. However unlike most parents who read “ Goodnight Moon!” to their children, I read WildC.A.T.s trade paperbacks. Also, among the cute, little, pastel, Noah’s Arc animals in my baby’s room there may or may not have been a Justice League Poster. I will neither confirm nor deny this. The point I am trying to make is, like many geek parents, as soon as my daughter arrived I had dreams of her enjoying all manner of comicbooky goodness alongside me. I was in middle school when I discovered comic books, and I feel cheated! That was nearly 9 whole years I could read, that missed out on comics! My daughter would not befall the same tragedy, or so I thought.
As soon as baby girl was old enough to show sparks of her own personality it was clear I had birthed a princess, and not the Leia kind. She came to this planet hard-wired with a deep love of all things, pink and sparkly. The harder I tried to introduce her to kick ass super heroines, the harder she dug in her little plastic Disney kitten heels. Despite getting carted along to the shop on new comic book Wednesday for the majority of her life. So often that shop owner new her by name and gave enough stickers, and lollipops to paper her room and give her diabetes. But, did baby girl want a comic? No! Not even ones based on her favorite TV shows. I tried Powerpuff Girls, Owly, Tiny Titans, Bone, you name it, she turned her nose up at it. She didn’t even have interest in the Television shows or Cartoons. She didn’t even like Allura from Voltron, who is not only a princess, but wears all pink, and has giant pink mecha lion! Not even Halloween provided me with a ray of hope, as I bought princess costume after princess costume. Finally I gave in. No more comic book suggestions, not more manga for Christmas, no more chaining my daughter to the couch watching retro Wonder Woman episodes. She’s just not a comic book fan, or so I thought.
Funnily enough, about six months ago my musical loving, pink sparkle princess discovered Jem and the Holograms on Netflix, and fell in love. They don’t come much pinker or sparklier then 80’s Jem and the Holograms. It was about this time I brought home the foil cover Jem and Holograms comic #1 and it caught her eye. She asked to borrow it, and I sent up a silent prayer, which was answered, because she asked it there were anymore. I told we had to wait a few weeks. I thought that would be the end of it but, the comic gods smiled on me and she asked the magic question, “ are there anymore comics like this?”. I grabbed my keys, went to the comic shop and she now, collects three titles religiously, Jem, Lumber Janes, and Gotham Academy! My little girl finally likes comics!! She even owns a Pop! Vinyl, and her own copy of Guardians of the Galaxy on blu-ray! Proving once again, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it get a pull list until it’s ready. To sum up a long story, parents don’t worry if your child doesn’t take to comics right away. Today is probably the best time to be a comic fan ever. There are more T.V. shows, movies, merchandise, and a wider selection of comics than ever. Odds are with so much to choose from, they will eventually find their way to fandom. Just be patient and expose them to as much as you can without pressure.