Topic: Comic Books - New
One that I shouldn't have missed, but did, was 'The Scrapyard Detectives' comic book series. The comics were distributed 'Free' to their targeted market, which would be 8 to 12 year olds.
I was in correspondence recently with Bill Galvan, who along with Chad Denton were the creators of this kid group comic series. When I stated I had not seen this series before, The Diversity Foundation of South Jordan, Utah, who is the publisher, sent me review copies.
What I had missed so far were 4 comics, a mystery novel, and an ashcan edition of the comic series. Who I had missed were the comic creators who worked on the series, including Bill Galvan, Chad Denton, Derek Hunter, George Gladir, Trevor Nielson, Quinn Johnson, JJ Harison, Nathan Shumate, JM DeMatteis, Batton Lash, and Rob Hawkins among others.
Well, now You don't have to miss this series for your kids! The first three comics were collected in a TPB and are available for sale from your usual sources. 'The Scrapyard Detectives Collected Cases, Volum 1' is in print!
Here is the description of the TPB:
The Scrapyard Detectives are on the case! Join Robert, Jinn and Raymond as they solve the mysteries that affect their community, and learn valuable lessons about teamwork and diversity.
Collecting issues #1-3 of the ongoing all ages comic book series, this volume features three exciting stories. In 'The Case of the Missing Roses,' a new family from India moves into the neighborhood. It's up to the Scrapyard Detectives to find out who vandalized their garden- and why! In 'Patriot Dreams,' the new multi-cultural community center brings people from other backgrounds to the neighborhood, but someone sets it ablaze - with Jinn and Raymond inside! Will the detectives save themselves and solve the mystery in time?
In 'A Friend in Need,' the detectives split apart over multiple cases, one involving Raymond's friend, Ben Crenshaw, who's turning into a bully. With so many cases to solve, the Scrapyard Detectives have to work especially hard. But with so much prejudice, can they still work together as a team? Written by New York Times Bestselling author Jesse Leon McCann! Batton Lash also pens a special back up story- the origin of the Scrapyard Detectives. The introduction to the graphic novel is written by J.M. DeMatteis.
Being an adult, my POV of the series would be different from the targeted age group for this series. However, I found this series to be interesting, fun, entertaining and relevant. All this, and with a 'message' to boot! Yet not coming over 'preachy'. Which is a hard balance to maintain when aiming for this targeted age group.
So if you also did not see this series when it was originally printed and distributed, or if your child saw one of the stories, but not the rest, here is your chance for a 'collected' series while it is still in print. I enjoyed the artwork and the storylines. I would believe your child could too!
Reading level: Ages 8-12
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