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Comics For Kids

Posted: 29/03/2013 in just talk
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Occasionally, our social media alter-egos crossover with people running projects that you take a personal interest in. Obviously, I run into a LOT of people on twitter all running cool projects. A lot of the time, the projects are personal to them, or a way of getting their own comic book out to the world. I have recently come across a project that is not about Michael Whitehead getting his own comic out to the world, but it is about getting unwanted comics, or comic’s people are willing to donate, into the hands of kids who may not be able to access comics or graphic novels. The projects called “Comics for Kids”, and although it does not have a big flashy website and comic publishers/creators supporting the project yet, I am hoping me doing a small focus on this might help broaden the audience.

Encouraging children to read comic books is something I highly approve of myself, on more than one occasion I have let my kids read comics as a way of expanding the knowledge of literature beyond mere words on a page. When I learned what Michael was trying to do, I thought this was an amazing idea, and wanted to help in any way I could.

What Michael proposes to do is, ask people to donate unwanted comic books, or any comics you are willing to donate to this cause, and give children the chance to read and love comic books they may not be able to get themselves. If you do not have comics to donate, or you live overseas, as I do, you can also send digital code’s, which also help this great cause, or you can donate cash to help give kids today the chance to read amazing works of fiction as we all do.

As you can tell, this is something I highly approve of, and I cannot recommend this great project to enough people.

I have had a bit of a chat with “Comics for kids” founder Michael Whitehead. Here is what he had to say.

Hey Michael, comics for kids is such an amazing thing for someone to do. How did you come up with this great idea?

I thought back to my childhood and the great memories that my love of comics has brought to my life. Comics opened my mind to a world that a child growing up in a small town in Mississippi would never have been able to experience without them. I gave a few comics to my friends son and he contacted me wanting to know where he could find more. The answer to the question shocked me. It is an 80 mile round trip to be able to buy comics in Mississippi. The direct market basically, took comics out of the hands of kids. I want to help change that. I want kids all over the United States to be able to read comics like I was able to. When I was a child comics were sold at 5 different places in my small town. So that is why I created “Comics For Kids”

Obviously, this is something that is personal to you, is this something that would take over your personal time, or is the plan to do this full time?

Well right now this is something that takes up most of my free time. It is my mission to help kids love to read comics. Their is nothing else I would rather be doing. I would love to be able to do this full time but for now it is a one person operation.

If it takes off is this something you want to take internationally?

I would never turn down a child that requests comics, but with International shipping costs being so expensive we are just going to focus on the kids in the United States. I will add this, if I had donations from outside of the United States I would use those funds to ship comics globally.

I personally think comic’s publishers would be crazy not to get on board with something like this, is that something you would like to have as part of the cause?

Absolutely! I have contacted all of the major comic book publishers and they have offered no support at this point. We get 100% of our support from comic fans and independent creators. I could not do this without them.

I truly hope that comics for kids takes off, and truly believe this could be a global thing. I only hope all the other people reading this will pay attention and donate whatever they can. Thank you Michael, for making the world a slightly better place.

Thank you my friend for the opportunity to help spread the word about Comics For Kids. If anyone would like to help with our cause please send comics to

Comics For Kids

91 CR 147

Tishomingo MS

38873

All PayPal donations can be sent to Communitiesforkids@ymail.com

I want to do everything I possibly can to help Michael on his quest to bring the graphic story telling medium to people that may use them ones that are just sitting in your long box. Creators, publishers, artists, fans of comics, Spread your geeky goodness, and encourage the kids to believe in heroes, not just superheroes but people willing to “help kids love to read”

You can contact Michael Whitehead via twitter @MP_Whitehead or @comics4_kids, also go and like there Facebook page on facebook.com/comicsforkids.

As ever if you would like to comment you can do so on here or please contact me via my twitter page @jaybwebb if you have any questions, or just wanna chat!

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