The First One

My monthly slab o' comics from DCBS came yesterday morning, and I couldn't wait to tear into it, even more than usual. This was the box containing the extra copy of Tiny Titans #1 that I picked up for Liam.

When you're a geek dad, buying your kid's first comic book is an important day. And yeah, I did say "extra copy" earlier. Being a fan of creator Art Baltazar's other book, Patrick the Wolf Boy, I was really looking forward to checking this out. And, well, the boy is still rather rough on books and periodicals at this point, so, ashamedly, I have to admit that I didn't want him wrecking my copy. But that DCBS discount made this book all of 56 cents, so honestly, I couldn't not get him a copy of his very own to pleasingly destroy.

We sat down to read it, and he didn't seem interested at first. After all, it wasn't Goodnight Moon or The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, both books we read approximately 32,783,475 times a day, so he was hesitant. Once I pointed out Robin on the cover - thanks to the Adam West Batman movie, he's a big fan of the Dynamic Duo - his eyes perked right up and I knew I had him.

It's funny how we very obviously had two different experiences as I read this aloud to him. I thought it was funny and very cute, but couldn't help but wonder how someone unfamiliar with the Teen Titans, either the regular comic book or animated versions, would get a lot of the jokes - Principal Slade, Trigon as a substitute teacher, the difference between the Donna and Cassie Wonder Girls, etc. - as they were very "inside baseball." Liam, on the other hand, enjoyed pointing Robin out to me, or telling me the various animals Beast Boy was turning into in each panel ("Bunny! Doggy! CAT!!!"). But for the most part, he seemed to enjoy it, and even let me read pretty much the whole thing to him, which is unusual, since he often likes to grab books and look at pages out of order. I love him, but his lack of respect for narrative flow is frustrating. He steadfastly refused to let me read the last two pages of the Superfriends preview in the back though, preferring to gaze at the Johnny DC coming attractions page (but how will we ever know how that story, um, middles, I guess?).

And yeah, he wrecked it a little, but I'm proud to say no, I didn't let it bother me. I had to make sure it didn't get absolutely destroyed so that we could actually read it again, but a torn cover and some marker lines are perfectly acceptable. Maybe we both got something out of this.

2 comments:

butthorn said...

"The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" sounds amazing!

TS said...

Being a geek dad as well, I'm nodding right along with your loving master plan for your son.

I had watched a few eps of the new Legion with my son last year (he was three), and I have to say some of that action got a little intense for him, so I didn't persist. I picked up the first few issues of LSH31C for him, thinking he'd recognize the characters, but despite that the results were mixed. Apparently there wasn't enough coverage of Clark Kent at the fair to suit him.

Maybe due to his being a year older, I got a much better reaction to Captain Carrot and the Final Ark #1, which he actually took with him on a few trips and would pore quietly over the pages.

(RE: children's books, in the past few years I've read some that were so good I've been tempted to devote a separate blog to just making note of them. I'm sure someone much more capable is already tackling it, but I'd be happy to pitch my two cents in.)