Anyone who has ever lived with a young, active cat knows the challenges of getting adjusted to his or her particular quirks. Will you have to devote two hours after work to playing with a fishing rod toy? Will kitty only be satisfied by chasing the red dot? Or is the key to feline happiness the ultimate kitty crack, catnip? Creator Victoria Douglas presents a slightly fictionalized example of their learning process with their cat in Cinnamon, a slice-of-life tale about the joys and hazards of sharing our homes with a furry overlord.
It seems rare these days, kids and teens who enjoy reading. With the glamor of the Internet and cell phone apps constantly keeping us glued to our devices, there’s not much room in those hands to hold a book. Even rarer still is a child who wants to be a writer. Beyond that is the unicorn: a female pre-teen who wants to write horror.
James Tynion IV is known right now both for his Batman books from DC and also for his horror/sci-fi/fantasy comics from BOOM! Studios. He’s a stellar creator making character-driven stories that sink into your heart and soul.
Skulldigger is Black Hammer’s (Jeff Lemire) take on a sort of Punisher/Batman character. Instead of simply a skull on his chest, you can see the outline of his skeleton on his helmet and chest. (Yes, he has a helmet. Take notes, Punisher.)
The ability to tell scary stories in the dark is not lost on the creators of Something Is Killing the Children from BOOM! Studios. Collecting Issues 11 through 15, Volume 3 concludes its story arc in the town of Archer’s Peak, and Erica Slaughter continues her reign as one of the best comic book characters.
Comic book publisher Zenescope has spent over a decade expanding and exploring children's stories through their own series, Grimm Fairy Tales. This series has launched several spin-offs, such as Neverland in 2010. At their website, Zenescope describes their Neverland as “once a magical paradise until it fell under the rule of the evil creature known only as Pan. It has now become a world that haunts children’s nightmares.”