Shaenon Garrity, who can write entertainingly about almost anything, pens an essay about Little Dot, one of the Harvey line of kids-with-amusing-issues that was so popular when I was a kid: Richie Rich (who once had 32 different series carrying his name), Little Lotta, Baby Huey, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, and the rest of their cohort. Shaenon finds a particularly strange Little Dot story and not only shares it but points out its subtle influnce on later comics… sort of.
This just in: SLG is publishing two new all-ages series by Greg Weisman and Vic Cook, producers of the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.
A consultant informs the British government that boys should be encouraged to read comics, including The Beano and The Dandy (two mainstays of my childhood) and Disney tie-ins. Apparently the boys are lagging behind the girls in reading skills, and this is a way for them to start catching up and develop the habit of reading for pleasure. (Via The Beat.)
John Mitchell looks at one of the new Minx titles, The New York Four, at Shuffleboil.
At The Graphic Classroom, Kevin Hodgson reviews vol. 1 of The Dreamland Chronicles. and Chris Wilson checks out vols. 1-4 of Owly and vol. 1 of Indiana Jones Adventures. I was particularly interested in his thoughts on Owly, as I had always dismissed it as boring (because it’s wordless) until recently, when I read it to my five-year-old niece. She picked up on a number of subtle cues that I had totally missed. Chris is right that the reader has to go slowly to decode what is going on. I appreciate it much more now.