Web Comic Links
These are appropriate for a wide range of younger people. I will let you know what I think, but it is ultimately your decision as the adult as to whether or not it is appropriate for the kids in your life.
Adventures of the Araknid Kid by Josh Alves
Set in the old west, the title character is the hero that triumphs over the villains of Obie City. Using spider -like abilities, quick thinking and unique "Trapeze-Bar Web-Shooters", our hero manages to find a way a way around any obstacle that presents itself. Araknid Kid does not "speak" but uses a series of picto-grams (hybrid rebus puzzles) to communicate. (Synopsis by Josh Avles)
Hero High: Ninth Grade just got a whole lot tougher...
“ The Paranormals graphic novel brings together a band of misfit tweens who encounter strange mysteries, peer pressure, family upheaval and the same trials and tribulations of kids everywhere .”(from a press release) This would be good for peer pressure, racism, bullying – basically all the things a middle school kid has to deal with everyday. There is also a Teachers Guide for the Paranormals which includes lesson
This is an odd one – and I like it. A kid that hates anything healthy gets superpowers when he eats broccoli – a power given to him by an alien disguised as a shoe. It gets weird after that.
There is even a teachers page – always a good thing.
This is exactly what it sounds like. Your grade ten class need to read an act for tomorrow? Send them here. To quote the comic's creator, Dan Carrol: Stick Figure Hamlet is “The greatest work of literature in human history... now with pictures.”
Great stuff for any age. Owly is a wordless comic, but the lack of words does not mean that this is a book only for nonreaders or preschoolers. I wouldn't call it a hard read, but it is not simple. The reader has pay close attention to what is in each panel in order to follow what is going on.
All of the Owly Free Comic Book Day issues are up along with lengthy previews to the Owly books and some single page Owly strips.
Silver and the Periodic Forces This one is a webcomic and a printed comic. It is a fun, full color, action-sci-fi-super team comic created for younger readers. The whole thing is set up to feel like a Saturday morning cartoon, even down to the “station identification” breaks that bracket the in-house ads. The ENTIRE two issues can be found HERE , so you and the kids/students can read it before purchasing.
There are a lot of other fun things on the site as well. The COMICS page has plenty of other webcomics. My personal favorite is the short comic Take Care Amongst Other Trees by Sara Turner. It has a real FLIGHT feel to it.
YARG! (From the book's solicitation info) SEE the amazing cannon-less Pirate Minivan. TASTE the delicious Pirate Cookies ('Dead Man's Chocolate Chip' or 'Walk The Plank Peanut Butter') AND… well, those are the only real senses you'll use. If that weren't enough, there are also plenty of Penguin Prime Ministers, Ninja Chickens, Billionaire Sheep, Ostrich Outlaws, and of course, the Mysterious KungFu-Tofu-Snafu. So what are you waiting for?
Edgar Allan Poo This is exactly what it sounds like. Amazing looking, but you might want to check it out before recomending it.
Check out lunchboxfunnies.com , a collective of all ages webcomics. Read a great article by our friend Tracey Edmunds HERE . Silent Kimbly and Astronaut Elementary are two of my favorites, but I recommend that you read the first few of A.Elementary before recommending it to kids. The second comic in the series is a bit too suggestive for some.
Silent Kimbly is a regular online comic strip that uses homophones, word play, puns and cute characters. Very useful in teaching homophones. Fun and useful stuff HERE.
Lions, Tigers, and Bears: A boy is given stuffed animals that come alive at night to keep him safe from forces out to get him. Good for grade one and up. Might want to prepare them for the Beasties. I never had a problem, but I suppose there is the possibility of a child being scared by it. Complete ten page story HERE, and CitC lesson plan HERE (lesson and worksheets adaptable for a range of grades and abilities)
The Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws: From the website -
Rabbit and Bear Paws is set in 18th Century colonized North America and follows the story of two mischievous Ojibwa brothers as they play pranks and have amazing adventures using a traditional Ojibwa medicine that transforms them into animals for a short time. Read it HERE. CitC lesson plans HERE
Also, stuff I read that is appropriate for younger readers:
44 Union Avenue is a quirky look into life in a boring small-town neighborhood. It centers around Jasper (an eight-year-old tornado in tennis shoes) and his opinionated, power-hungry, anti-dog Jack.
The Power Baby "How To:" Series Although I didn't create Power Baby and the Power Baby strip to put on the web (it is the sample I show kids when I do a comic creating workshop), I thought it would be fun to put it up. It is rough, but I like it. Especially since P.B. came from a doodle I did of my daughter a few months ago.
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