So your kid loves comics. That’s great!
Sequential art can stimulate your child’s imagination, satisfy their curiosity, and encourage their nascent love for reading.
So how can your kid browse a huge, age-appropriate collection of comics for free? In a word, Hoopla.
Hoopla is cool digital service that lets you stream music, audiobooks, TV shows and movies, as well as read eBooks and comics, anywhere and at any time. And it’s free to check out up to 12 items from its vast collection every month with your Mentor Public Library card.
So here are a few suggestions to keep your young comics fan engaged:
Hoopla has enough Disney comics to keep you and your kids busy for months: everything from graphic-novel version of Disney classics like Lion King, Frozen, and Lilo & Stitch to Incredibles comics written by Superman scribe Mark Waid.
If you grew up on the creations of Jim Henson, then you’ll love Hoopla. Not only do you have new adventures from Kermit & Co. and the denizens of Fraggle Rock, it also has comics that revisit some of Henson’s more obscure projects like The Storyteller, Labyrinth, and Dark Crystal.
For the truly hardcore Henson heads, you can stream episodes of the animated Dog City TV show.
Looking for something more super?
This suggestion may skew a little older, but if your kids loved the adventures of the Aang Gang and Team Korra on Nickelodeon, then they’ll love these comics that pick up where the TV show ended.
They are written by Gene Luen Yang, the award-winning author of American Born Chinese.
Charles M. Schultz may no longer be with us, but his stories about Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally and, of course, Snoopy hold up just fine.
The adventures of young hero Finn and his shapeshifting dog-brother Jake have transcended the television. You can now follow their travails in the magical, post-apocalyptic land of Ooo via comic book.
Give it a read. It’s mathematical. (Personal favorite: Marceline Gone Adrift where our heroes must find a freshly intergalactic vampire queen.)
Set in Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, five of these hardcore lady types—Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley—have to figure out the secret of their summer camp.
The story involves three-eyed foxes, holy kittens and mysterious bearwomen; but, if I had to sum it up in four words it would be FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!
Coincidentally, this story is also about maximum friendship. The comics are every bit as fun as the surprisingly addictive TV show.
If you’re looking for other Hasbro characters making a comeback, check out the new Strawberry Shortcake comics.
If you can’t get enough of the lasagna-loving, Monday-loathing, Odie-taunting, owner-tormenting fat cat from his multiple television shows and movies, then there’s always the comics.
Fair warning: This cat has not softened toward either Mondays or Nermal since you last saw him.
But we don’t want to take the thrill of discovery away from you. Browse Hoopla’s comics collection and find something that both you and your kids can enjoy together.
By the way, if your kid loves comics, then they’ll probably love our Comics Club too.
Our Comics Club is for any 8- through 12-year-old who likes to read, talk about, or draw sequential art. (Not just superheroes either. We love everything from Pokemon to Amelia Rules and Bone to El Deafo.
Our Comics Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at our Main Branch. Our next meeting is June 7.
We close out each meeting with free time for the kids to draw or read graphic novels and comics in our collection.
To register a child for the Comics Club, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.