21 April 2009 @ 10:38 am
Behold, The Power Of Comics  
So, last night while we were out shopping, I convinced Erik to buy himself a copy of Watchmen. I know he hasn't seen the movie yet, so I figured it was a perfect time to expand his world a little, especially with something so good, before the image of it was muddied by the movie...which is not a comment on the movie (which I haven't gotten around to seeing yet, either). It's an incredible book, and I'd like him to experience it before the memory of it is indelibly married to the movie in his mind.

It's really a little above him, and is definitely more adult than anything he's read. While I told him I felt he was ready for it and could handle it, there's a tiny part of me, internally, that questions that. Still, overall, I really do think he'll handle it fine, and if he's confused at something, he'll probably ask me about it anyway.

Felt good to be able to bring him forward, yet again, with something that we can share. It felt especially good because it was a kind of "Dad" feeling, passing along to him something that has been important and enjoyable in my life. If this goes well, I'll move him on to other graphic novels of importance or depth, like V For Vendetta, The Dark Knight Returns, Fables, Crisis On Infinite Earths, Secret Wars, Kingdom Come, and The Crow. Sure, some of those aren't "deep", but they are good story-telling, or turning points in their respective universes.

The boy's growing up.
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typsietypsie on April 21st, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. If I'd read it at his age, my life may well have worked out somewhat differently.
praenomenalpraenomenal on April 21st, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Staxstaxxy on April 21st, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hellboy, Sandman, and Swamp Thing are good ones as well.

Black Orchid is good too, but really should wait a couple more years. the story telling is fantastic, but the story itself is mature enough that it may be totally lost to him right now.
paganelly: Oceanpaganelly on April 22nd, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Kudos for being that tuned in to the kid and deciding to share something with him.
Leshracleshrac on April 22nd, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
If Watchmen turns out to be too far above him then I would move to Fables. Its still got long running meaningful story, but presented in a less dense and complicated way. It also glosses over a number of the less then pleasant scenes at least in the early parts which would get him warmed up to the more direct violence that shows up later. It also has some excellent social lessons and metaphors that can be drawn out of it.

Actually Id almost say start him on that now as well. Since its not as dense, when he hangs up on Watchmen he can read a few of the Fables graphic novels to refresh himself.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 22nd, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
So far, he's digging Watchmen. And yes, I know Fables well, I have a complete collection (as well as Jack of Fables).
Leshracleshrac on April 22nd, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
heh..so do I. Well actually I may be a novel or 2 behind on it since I dont think either series has stopped yet.
Kitten Fluff-headmoonchylde on April 22nd, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)

I totally didn't get that for him, but I wanted to. nyah. So you get to be the Cool Guy, hehehe.