AND THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD: Comix Experience expands GN of month club to kids!
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Posted by: Brian Hibbs on May 10, 2015
Categories: Retailing/Industry , Uncategorized
Tags: Brian, Graphic Novel of the Month Club, Kids Comics, Minimum Wage
Announcing the Kids’ Graphic Novel Of The Month Club!
Comics are going through an incredible renaissance at the moment, with more astonishing tales being produced than the average person could possibly hope to keep up on. One of the most explosive areas of growth is comics aimed at kids!
Kids love comics – our 26 years of running a comic book store can attest to that. But parents usually don’t know how or where to start. Parents want books that they can trust, so they usually fall back upon the same few characters and licenses that they see in other media, not knowing or having the time to figure out which are the truly special and thoughtful books with a passionate creative vision. And that’s understandable! How can you have time to stay up on children’s literature when you barely have time to stay current with your own likes?
That’s where Comix Experience comes in – we eat, live and breathe comics, and while we’re mostly adults, we’re all kids at heart. Similar to our just-announced Graphic Novel of the Month Club, we’re introducing the Kids’ Graphic Novel of the Month Club to help put the best comics for kids in your child’s hand every month. Plus, the Kids’ Graphic Novel of the Month Club will have an 11-year-old on our advisory board – Ben, son of Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs!
Beginning July 2015 we’ll send your favorite kid an amazing, compelling self-contained graphic novel every month that’s going to light their mind up and leave them wanting more! This pick will be a newly released book that month, so you don’t have to worry about them already having it. And each pick will be suitable for a typical 8-13 year old.
But wait, there’s more!
In addition to a great graphic novel they’ll also get:
● Access to a monthly live-streamed book club meeting where kids from all over the country will be able to discuss the graphic novel they’ve just read.
● Whenever possible, we’ll have the writer and artist of the book involved in the video meeting, there to answer your kid’s questions. And when we have the authors actually in-store, we’ll have a special club-only mixer for your kids to meet.
● We will start an invite-only and moderated message group where kids can write their own reviews of the books we send, and talk about it amongst themselves. Every kid who writes 10 reviews will earn a free book!
● We’ll also offer cool swag for the book, like posters and bookmarks, whenever available!
The whole thing is just $15 a month, the average price of a kid’s graphic novel. If you are local in San Francisco you may pick the book up, otherwise we can ship it for a nominal charge.
Ways to Join the Club
Kids’ Club membership is available on a month-to-month basis. You can sign up today by clicking the buttons below or by calling either of our stores:
● Comix Experience on Divisadero St. at (415) 863-9258
● Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Ave. at (415) 239-2669
Q. When does the club start?
A. We’ll start shipping book as of July 2015.
Q. What books will I get?
A. Some months we might send you a more expensive book, perhaps a nice hardcover, while some months it may be something less expensive – but every month you’ll get an accessible, compelling, and fun piece of original graphic fiction aimed at an 8-13 year old audience. We will seldom pick stories based on movies or television shows, except when the book is truly exceptional. The value of the book should average out over the course of a year to the price of the membership.
We plan a mixture of genres and styles – sometimes it will be adventure fiction, sometimes it will be non-fiction or history, sometimes it will even be slice-of-life – but always chosen for the sensibilities of your kids.
Q. What if I don’t live in the Bay Area – can I still join?
A. Yes, absolutely! We’ll just have to add $6 a month for shipping and handling for sturdy packaging in a domestic US priority mail. We can offer this outside of the United States, but the shipping costs are pretty horrible (more than the cost of the club, sadly).
Contact us if you’re interested in international shipping.
Q. What if I can’t make it to a meeting or I live out of town?
A. We will also record all club meetings so if you’re out of town your kid can still watch.
Q. My child is really sensitive; will this be right for them?
A. You’re the best judge of what your kid can handle, but we’re aiming at an “average” 8-13 year old. We will sometimes choose work that is more slightly more serious in nature, but we’re vetting every choice with our in-house eleven year-old who has a pretty gentle personality.
Q. Is this for boys or girls?
A. We find that most kids are looking for compelling stories, regardless of the gender of the protagonist. Having said that, we’re going to aim for as even of a mix as we can possibly manage over the course of a year, dependent on the books that are actually released.
Q. Why are you doing this?
A. We have a Graphic Novel Club aimed at adults, and a teacher who joined wrote us asking if our choices could be freely shared with her students. We had to admit that 100% of the choices would not be sharable, but that made us think that putting together a package aimed directly at the kids made a whole lot of sense! Teachers: Always the smartest ones in the room!
Q. What if my kid hates the book?
A. You can cancel the monthly plan at any time, and if you’re dissatisfied with any of our choices just return the book, and we’ll give you a full refund.
Q. Can I give this as a gift?
A. Yes! In fact that’s our main intent with this – introducing the joys of comics to kids you know all around the country.
Q. What if I wanted a bulk subscription for my school or organization?
A. We can accommodate you! Please contact Brian Hibbs directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss bulk subscriptions.