With a huge chunk of the world currently under stay-at-home orders from their local or national governments, a number of parents are slowly going insane from all the constant screaming over “Into the Unknown” playing on loop. I’m fine, by the way, thank you for asking.
Thankfully, DC Comics has offered help. DC Kids Camp is a new program from the comics publisher offering kid-friendly superhero activities and previews of DC’s middle grade graphic novels.
The program will also feature videos, draw alongs, and crafting tutorials with some of the supremely talented comics creators working on those middle grade books. The first, available on the @dccomicskids Twitter feed and @dckids on Instagram on March 25th, is an interactive demonstration on how to make your own Green Lantern ring with Counterstrike co-creator and writer of Green Lantern: Legacy, Minh Le.
Parents can also sign up for the DC Family newsletter and get DC Kids Camp material like activity sheets, coloring pages, blank comic book pages, and comic previews emailed to them on Mondays and Fridays.
Other creators participating include Gene Luen Yang (writer of one of the all-time best Superman comics, Superman Smashes the Klan), running an interactive Superman origami lesson on Thursday, March 26th; “Make Your Own Superhero” with Dustin Hansen of My Video Game Ate My Homework on Friday, March 27th; and more from the likes of Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls and a really fun run on My Little Pony); Shea Fontana (Batman: Overdrive); Shannon. And Dean Hale (Diana: Princess of the Amazons); Michael Northrop (Dear Justice League); Brittney Williams (Lois Lane and the Friendship Challenge); and others.
These middle grade books have been largely slept on by the main-line superhero market, but they are considered pretty successful, and many of them are very good. Even if you don’t have smaller relatives to pass these books on to, you’ll find a lot of them very rewarding additions to the DC mythos. Not to harp or anything, but Superman Smashes the Klan started good and ended great, so go buy it.
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