I’m working on some ideas for what will become either a longer piece or a couple of pieces on being a genre fan and a genre parent. That is, what’s it like when your kids start taking an active interest in your hobby or hobbies? The same films? And so on. How do your prejudices affect the kids, at all, and do you watch material differently now with them versus your original experience?
My kids have been into super-heroes for a while, but I’ve really noticed more facets of this as they started to get into Star Wars. They are crazy about it, especially Connor, my five-year-old. But he embraces all levels of it (the original films, the toys, the video games, kids books, Clone Wars, etc.) equally, and I find myself wondering if things like my prejudices about the later movies will have any impact on their experience. After all, it should be THEIR experience.
I also wonder what the proper age to introduce kids to mainstream comics is anymore. The boys read a few things now again, with the Boom! Disney books, Johnny DC and Marvel Adventures being up top. But man, take a look at titles that I was already reading by Connor’s age, and we all know that there’s some grim business out there. I tell Connor about some stories because he’s interested by the covers, but it’s one thing to break down Siege into “The bad guys invade Thor’s home and the Avengers get back together and kick their ah–er–butts,” and it’s another thing to let them actually read a book where multiple characters get ripped asunder.
So, some soft polling here: what’s it like when your kids come in the door, and what are you sharing with them?