Zootopia is currently rocking theaters around the world with its mix of charming animal comedy, classic buddy movie tropes, and a level of rich social allegory not usually seen in a big-budget Disney Animation feature.
If you loved Zootopia and want to read comics with similar smart humor and all-ages appeal, the medium has a rich history of funny animal comics going right the way back to the genesis of the newspaper comic strip; Jimmy Swinnerton's Mr. Jack, about a caddish young tiger, debuted all the way back in 1890. We're currently enjoying a new golden age for all-ages comics, so we've compiled a list of some of the best books available today for you to check out if Zootopia left you hungry for more.
A common lament among comics lovers is that there aren't enough books for kids anymore, and it's a valid one. The average comic is written to be understood by preteens and up, while the average reader hovers somewhere around the age 30, and it’s unlikely that this trend is going to reverse anytime soon. But most of those 30-year-olds aren’t readers today because they started in their late teens or early twenties, they’re readers today because they had their initial exposure to comics probably before the age of ten. Even though we’ve been trying to convince the rest of the world that comics aren’t for kids anymore since 1986, kids are absolutely necessary to the medium’s survival. If comic books hope to have a future amidst rapidly-evolving children’s media and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program, then a healthy percentage of comics published today need to be geared toward the under-ten crowd, and they need to be good.
Fortunately, we have Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time#1 to show everybody how it’s done.
Mike Kunkel's celebrated duo returned in an all new adventure this past June at Boom Studios in Herobear and the Kid Special #1, but this week fans can catch up on the Eisner Award-winning storyline that started it all. Herobear & The Kid: Inheritance #1 arrives in stores and on ComiXology this week, introducing readers to Tyler, his magical best friend and the secret that binds them together. What's more, the new issue contains fresh art and other bonus material. ComicsAlliance got in touch with Kunkel to get his take on storytelling, his latest art approach and what's next for Herobear at Boom!'s all-ages Kaboom! imprint. You can read the interview, plus a six-page preview of the remastered first issue, after the cut.
This past weekend was the ComicsPRO meeting, an annual conference that sees retailers and publishers gather to discuss issues affecting the comic industry, among other topics. Some publishers use the meeting as an opportunity to make a few announcement to the crowd, and this year was no different...
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