Comics Are Great! 58 – Writing for Kids
Whether or not one should make any special considerations when writing for kids is a topic that goes round and round on the twitters. Is it better to shield young people from the difficulties and terrors of adulthood, or should we be preparing kids for this? Are there advantages to both?
It’s a philosophical episode with a packed house of panelists as we’re joined by Dave Carter, Paul Storrie, Sharon Iverson, and Brandon Dayton. Brandon helps frame the discussion by presenting two popular models in kids’ storytelling: the Disney Model and the Pixar Model. Pinocchio gets his wish, while Buzz Lightyear learns to reconcile with a disappointing truth. Together we evaluate the differences between these models and what their strengths and weaknesses are, with plenty of interaction in the chat client!
Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting them!):
- Ed Catmull talks storytelling (video)
- Maurice Sendak talks storytelling (video)
- Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report
- Kid Devil and KD jumps through a hoop
- The Legend of Korra
- Toy Story
- The Uses of Enchantment
- The Frog Prince
- Grave of the Fireflies
- The Graveyard Book
- University of Michigan’s Coursera online classes
- Game of Thrones
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Dave Roman
- The Kids’ Comics Revolution podcast
- The Kids Read Comics Librarian/Educator/Cartoonist mixer, July 8 at 10:30 am
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