You may be a little confused about the headline above, especially if you recall last week’s post about the comics industry ignoring kids. Nevertheless, this feature from yesterday’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports fantasy and graphic novels are especially hot commodities during this current retail renaissance of young adult literature.
Kids are buying books in quantities we’ve never seen before. And publishers are courting young adults in ways we haven’t seen since the 1940s, according to Booklist critic Michael Cart.
What’s more the quality of the books being sold — this market has grown by 25 percent from 1999-2005 — is better, meaning books like Blankets, Fun Home, Bone, Abadazad and the like are indeed having an effect…
Is this movement to the YA universe a good one, or are you worried about younger children being left out of the comics mix, as I am? What say you folks?