When you walk in for the firs time to the NYCC, you are overwhelmed by all that there is to do. First Person Shooter Video games, adult super heroes with adult problems, villains, and the zombies, oh the amount of zombies, are scattered all over the floor. Between all of this Comic Madness I have found what I thought to be the most elusive aspect of the New York Comic Con: comics that are geared towards the young girl. Now, yes, some of what I show you may be for boys and girls, but I will without a shadow of a doubt show you comics that are on the show room floor that will appeal to your dancing, prancing, dress loving, barrette wearing daughters.
That is not to say your daughter will not like anything else, I take this from the standpoint of what my daughter would just love that was on the showroom floor in terms of comics and graphic novels. Maybe your daughter is in to Batman, Zombies or other such cool things, but there is a group of girls that think they would not find anything to enjoy at NYCC and this is where I write this from. Notice how I did not imply books here either, there are tons of girls kids books from the Disney Princess Line to My Little Pony, I want to show you that there are hidden gems here on the floor as well. Now that all of that is out-of-the-way, lets delve in to the top few items that I found.
Papercutz was loaded with comics that fit this description so let us take a look at just some of what they had to offer.
“Sybil the Backpack Fairy”
Nina is a girl in middle school with a little brother and a single mom who barely has enough time to spend with her. Put down at school by nasty cliques, Nina’s life is not much fun. All this changes when a magical fairy named Sybil turns up in Nina’s backpack! Sybil and Nina have a blast giving Nina’s tormentors a taste of their own medicine. There’s only one problem: demons from the magical world that Sybil comes from have followed her to our dimension, and they’re out to cause some damage of their own!
Meet Julie, Lucie, and Alia! Whether it’s ballet, modern dance, or hip-hop, these three are committed to getting better, and maybe one day making it to the Nationals! In the meantime, they still have school, family, crushes, and everything else life throws their way. Follow along with their hilarious misadventures as they practice to perfection, ace their recitals, and hopefully make it through with no bumps and bruises!
“Ernest & Rebecca”
Meet Rebecca . . . she spends a lot of time at the doctor’s office. She has lots of overprotective grown-ups making her take medicine, and when they fight (as grown-ups always do) it doesn’t make things any easier. That is, until this guy comes along:
Meet Ernest . . . if he looks silly, that’s because he’s a germ, one of the “good germs” that Rebecca’s doctor says will help her get better. But Ernest is more than that; he’s Rebecca’s best friend and partner in crime . . . er, we meant partner in adventure!
Together, these two are unstoppable, especially in a snowball fight!
Papercutz also had “Nancy Drew Diaries,” “Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew,” “Stardoll” and they also did product those Disney Fairies graphic novels as well. “Dance Class” though was the first graphic novel that drew me over as my daughter is a huge dancer, it was not something that I had expected to see at NYCC. “Ernest & Rebecca” was such a cute novel with Ernest being one of the coolest “germs” out there.
After Hours Press and APE Entertainment brought us the “Genie The Genius” comic, which is created by former NFL great, Boomer Esiason along with Darren Sanchez.
When fifth-grader, Andy Andrews rescues a junior-level Genie from a dusty old lamp at the museum, his life suddenly gets a whole lot more entertaining. Genie takes Andy on a time travel experience to see live dinosaurs in action, all in the name of homework. While exploring the Cretaceous, taking pictures and having a blast along the way, Genie and Andy face danger on land, sea and air, in a fantastic adventure.
Will they make it back in one piece… and how long can Andy keep his new-found Genie a secret?
What is really neat about this comic is that it does have cross appeal, but we get mini stories inside the comics of Emily, the sister of Andy, called Emily’s story where we get a look at the life of his little sister. My daughter wanted to know all about her once we showed her the comic.
These may not have been everything out there that was geared towards the girls, but it does show you that they do exist. Look between those super heroes and you will find ordinary but remarkable girls in comics that may hold the interest of your daughters. New York Comic Con isn’t all about boys, and if you look, your daughter dressed up in her princess outfit will have a blast and find some great graphic novels and comics to take home to read as well.