Word Balloons is a new weblog dedicated to children's comics. Or, as they put it themselves:
"Word Balloons is a group blog about comics for kids. We will cover all ages from preschool through young adult, but we won’t lump all ages together; we’re smart enough to know that a three-year-old has different abilities and interests than a 13-year-old.
Our goal is to be the morning newspaper for anyone interested in kids’ comics: creators, editors, teachers, librarians, retailers, and most importantly, readers. We will present interviews, reviews, and opinions and link to the best of what other folks are writing. We expect to have frequent guest posts, and we invite our readers to send us a heads-up whenever they see something interesting about kids’ comics on the internet or even in print."
Could be interesting. It's a constant bugbear that comics for children in this day and age is such an overlooked part of the medium yet it's a vital part in the longevity and continuation of comics as a whole.
And as I always say to anyone who tells me it's not a problem - go into your local comic shop and imagine trying to buy comics for an 8 year old boy. And if you really want a challenge, repeat for an 8 year old girl.
I'm bookmarking it and will see how they develop.
(Again, another one from the FPI blog tonight, but sod it. I'm writing them, I think you'll find them interesting here as well!)