I came across this article today. It's about how one gets one's girlfriend into comics. Despite the prelim being written by your typical piss-smelling comics-nerd virgin whose knowledge of what a naked woman looks like is gleaned from Rob Liefeld's shitty drawings in X-Force, the ten books chosen make interesting reading. I like some of the books. I'm not a woman (don't let my breasts fool you!). Does that mean that if I was to put down my 'top ten' comic books, girls wouldn't enjoy them if they read them?
There's loads of great stuff out there, and sticking them onto lists such as 'for boys' or 'for girls' is going to belittle an already marginalised artform. My girlfriend wasn't particularly into comics when I met her, but she is now, by reading the stuff I'd recommended to her. None of that stuff was typically 'girly', but she got it. She reads stuff now that I'm not keen on, and vice-versa.To assume girls won't like comics because it's 'all superheroes' is like assuming boys won't like novels because it's 'all chick-lit'. Not that superheroes are bad, you understand. If it wasn't for superheroes, you wouldn't have Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns or my favourite Batman classic:Year One.
Girls generally don't like comic books as adults because the comics they're bought as kids are trite shite like Bunty. I'm like I am because I was bought 2000AD!
Go and read a comic book. It's brilliant.Buy your kids good comics. Or, you could hang on until October and buy the amazing MC2 book, featuring some unknown scruffy chubby brummie's art.