Remember when comic books were written for kids? Cartoons with no animation and printed on paper were a staple of the American life at one time. Still, many adults in the U.S. may skip the business or arts and lifestyle portion of their newspaper, but they make sure to read the comics or “funny papers.” I still have old clippings from the daily newspapers that my grandmother would clip and give to me if she thought it fit my life or taught me an important life lesson.
Then came what is known as the graphic novel. Huge comic books, securely and neatly bound and packaged. Big comic books that are thick and robust and tell an ever longer story than before made the graphic novels appealing. They were a kid’s dream. The problem now though is that if you go to graphic novel section of your local bookstore (yes, some bookstores still remain) as a parent, you are going to be hard pressed to find one of these glorified comic books that would be safe for a child to read. That’s just a fact. Many are filled with profanity, nudity, sex, violence, and enough blood to satisfy the most ravenous tick.
Now though, there is a new graphic novel from Eric Powell titled Chimichanga that a parent could feel comfortable sharing with a child who is over 10 or 11 years old.
Chimichanga, the title character, is a furry monster that LuLu, the little girl with a beard who is part of the local circus freak show happens upon. The two become quick friends and form a very unique bond. Chimichanga becomes a very unique and popular attraction for the circus and many financial woes are set to be solved with the help of Lulu and her new friend.
Tucked in this story is a very in depth social commentary regarding pharmaceutical companies and greed. If one does not want their child to think critically about the science and economics of medicine in American culture, keep this book from them. Powell expertly crafts the tale of exploitation and greed that has been told in numerous times in “adult” documentaries, but packages it in a very child friendly way.
If you are looking for a graphic novel that you would not be afraid for your child to find, Chimichanga would fit that description.
Chimichanga will be available for purchase August 31, 2011. You can pre-order Chimichanga at the link below.