My daughter loves to read, we spend a small fortune on books and always have a pile of them borrowed from the local library - thanks goodness for libraries! When she was younger we also regularly bought comics.
Now she's nine we cannot find a comic to suit her. She is an 'average' girl, who enjoys stories and most things that nine years olds do. She is not into the latest pop-star fad, is not too concerned about fashion and is not overly fond of horses, animals or bugs - which is what the majority of comics for her age are filled with. She does love 'The Beano', but finds it slightly masculine and refuses to buy it when it comes with a "boy-ey" (her words) free gift - which is often.
When I was a gal... We had Bunty. Now I'm not a massive Bunty fan, but I had it for years, and what I loved about it was the stories. It was jam-packed with them, and they were varied and exciting (if a little Enid Blyton at times, but this was the 70's after all). A comic full of stories, like Bunty, would be perfect. I know she would adore it and buy it every week.
Calling all publishers, I see a gap in the market, please fill it before my daughter is too old!
I've often thought about this too.My dd1 (7) loves reading and isn't into pink princessy types of things.She likes adventure stories,dinosaurs and horses,so there is nothing out there for her really.
I had Bunty and I think,Trixie [can't quite remember if that was the name or not],and I can still remember the excitement on the day the comic was delivered and I got to find out what happened next in the serial stories.I feel that the dds are missing out on that somehow.
My parents are inveterant hoarders (which can be trying at times) but they let me keep all my Bunty, some Misty (& later NME's - a fine document of 1990's music). During my late teens I couldn't really see why I had two large boxes of comics under my bed when they sold them every week at the newsagents, but now I have two DD's of my own & I look at the racks of magazines now available I am pathetically grateful and am looking forward to them being old enough to enjoy a comic, rather than a glossy magazine full of tatt & fluff - that's for when you get to your early teens & the hormones make your brain melt. (I recently found out my Dad has a collection of railway magazines dating back to the early 1900's so we have form as a family!)
I totally agree there is a gap in the market for comics for girls. I think my 7 year olld is quite typical. She likes the idea of a comic but the only reason she has to buy one is the free gift on the front. She can find nothing very interesting inside what's currently on offer, except the odd puzzle. More adventure stories, missions, puzzles, quizzes, competitions, clubs - now that would be a decent comic. Then maybe we could send a message to the publishers putting the current drivel on the shelves - pop this, princess that, tv programme spin off rag the other! I don't remember Bunty myself, but I have friends who loved it. I do lament the pulling off the shelf of Spellbound after only 69 issues, though, sniff! Don't ask me what was in it though - I've had 2 kids!
My 10 year old ds would love a comic which had a mixture of adventure type stories, and non-fiction articles about interesting things, e.g. the fire service, space exploration etc.
Things like Beano are a bit "Biff, bash, bosh" for him.
He has read National Geographic kids magazine once or twice, but found that there wasn't enough actual information in it. It was all very superficial and padded out with lots of pictures (some would be fine), large writing, but not much of it.