Little Guardian's Review

What happens when two youngsters, switched at birth, strive to live up to expectations they aren't meant to meet? 

This is the premise behind Little Guardians. Subira and Idem were both born on the same night in Yowza Village. Subria was the born daughter to the Guardian for the village. But history has developed that every guardian has been a male. So the doctor and nurse make the call to switch Subira with Idem that fateful night. This ruse starts unraveling at the Zucchini festival, when spirits are accidentally unleashed upon the village. 

I really liked the premise of this graphic novel. This is book one and has made itself into setting the characters and feeling for the world in which the story takes place. I think they had a good start to their development, and have set the stage for potential character development within the storyline. You get to see each of the families involved in the storyline and how they view this world. 

The art is also very well done. There are a lot of fight scenes, but you get a feel for how the characters are without dialog. The fight scenes are also very easy to follow and well laid out. The art in this novel is wonderful and gives a clear layout of the story. There isn't a lot of clutter, but it offers enough interesting scenery to delight any reader. 

They do have a website, http://www.littleguardianscomic.com/, where they continue the story. I prefer books, but I look forward to seeing the development. I cannot wait to seeing the dynamic between Subira and Idem, and how that might change when they find out the truth. 

The only thing I was a bit disappointed in is that the premise is very similar to Good Omens, Bad Omens. While the storyline development changed once you were introduced to the realm, they start out similar. I think this can be gotten over easily once the characters start becoming more dynamic.

Tips for buying comics for your kids

Written by: Crystal Mazur

Edited by: Mike Hansen

Comic books have been around for a long time. They carry a stigma for some: they are blamed for illiteracy and delinquency, and are wrongly seen as a sign of uneducated minds.  Time has proven this to not be the case, but the perception exists with individuals. This is a missed opportunity for exposing children to different types of literacy. Comics can reach out to children who have difficulties reading. While it may not be a form everyone will like, offering the experience of reading comics gives kids one more option in their reading arsenal. As an adult, it is important to understand the basics in the world of comics. This can be a very confusing adventure. Here are some tips to help adults navigate the world of comic books.

Make it special

Reading should be special for both the parent and the child. It is a chance for children to use their reading skills to understand the story that is taking place. Reading should be a fun experience and children have a natural desire to read. Go to a local comic store or book store with your child and involve the sales people in helping find the perfect comic for your child. There are comics that can be perfect for kids as young as 3.

Proofread

It takes all of 3 minutes tops to look through the comic book before your child does. If it makes you uncomfortable, you have the right to look for another comic book that fits your comfort levels and still excites your child. Marvel does have a rating system, but it is only mandatory for Marvel Comics and optional for all others. There is NO standard for rating comics!

Ask for Help

Whether you are in a bookstore or a comic store, the salespeople are there to help. Many times the stores will have a special area for early readers. If they don't offer comics for young readers, talk with them about possibly doing so, and feel free to go to another store. Never feel like you have to wander aimlessly around a store looking for what you want.

Talk with Other Parents

You would be surprised to discover which of your friends read comics. Or which parents use comics with their kids. They may have wonderful suggestions for you, or be willing to help you find the perfect comics for your child. Ask around your local community for comic book stores, or groups who will help you out with comics. There are parent reading groups and cafes in my area that teach children about comics and help parents get excited about it.

Learn HOW to Read a Comic Book

Many parents decide not to use comics because they don't understand HOW to read them. Once you get some practice in it, it does get easier. First, basic boxes go from left to right, top to bottom on the page. If there are odd shaped enclosures, follow left to right, top to bottom. One good way to look at comics is that if you read it over and it makes NO sense, scan the page to figure out the direction. Most of the time the art will support the direction of the words. If you are having trouble still, the art sometimes leads your eye to the panel that should follow it.

Talk to Your Library

Many libraries carry comics, or will carry comics if there is enough interest in the local area. They can always borrow from other libraries, so you don't have to track down older issues in a mad chase around town. If your library does not carry comics, speak with your librarian about acquiring them.

Know Your Issues

There are different TYPES of comic books?! Why yes! The two major types are issues and trades. Issues are a series of stories and are generally paper covers. Trades are a larger collection of issues and tend to have a sturdier binding. For children, issues are easier to handle, but rip very easily. Trades are much sturdier but more expensive, and younger children have a harder time holding them. Pick which one is best for your child.

Take Time to Teach Kids How to Handle Comics

Comics are fragile, especially the issues. You will need to take time with your child and teach them how to hold their comics to make sure they last as long as possible. They will rip comics and they will fall apart, so don't freak out. Some simple repairs can be done to help them last longer. Once the comic has seen its last days, don't throw them away. Reuse them as comic themed art for your playroom or bedroom.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!

The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Day! This is where local distributors or community organizations provide free comics for everyone. You can visit www.freecomicbookday.com to find local stores in your area. Many stores will have costumed actors (CosPlayers), cake, sales on merchandise and movies running all day, celebrating the importance of comics in literacy.

Where Else Can You Find Comics?

I'm glad you asked! Here are some links to find awesome comics just perfect for your family! DriveThruComics is an online distributor that offers both PDFs and print on demand! They always have offers going on for free comics or sales on comics. DriveThruComics