Q. When did the club start?
A. We started shipping books in July 2015.
Q. What books will I get?
A. Some months we might send you a more expensive book, perhaps a nice hardcover, while some months it may be something less expensive – but every month you’ll get an accessible, compelling, and fun piece of original graphic fiction aimed at a 9+ year old audience. We seldom pick stories based on movies or television shows, except when the book is truly exceptional. The value of the books will average out over the course of a year to the price of the membership.
We offer a mixture of genres and styles – sometimes adventure fiction, sometimes non-fiction or history, sometimes slice-of-life – but always chosen for the sensibilities of your kids.
Q. What if I don’t live in the Bay Area – can I still join?
A. Yes, absolutely! We just add $7 a month for shipping and handling for sturdy packaging in a domestic US priority mail. We can offer this outside of the United States, but the shipping costs are pretty horrible (more than the cost of the club, sadly). Contact us if you’re interested in international shipping.
Q. What if I can’t make it to a meeting or I live out of town?
A. We record all club meetings so if you’re out of town your kid can still watch. Club members can ask questions before the event even starts. These advance questions will be asked live and the answers can be heard at your convenience.
Q. My child is really sensitive; will this be right for them?
A. You’re the best judge of what your kid can handle, but we’re aiming at an “average” 9-13 year old. We sometimes choose work that is more slightly more serious in nature, but we’re vetting every choice with our in-house twelve year-old who has a pretty gentle personality.
Q. Is this for boys or girls?
A. We find that most kids are looking for compelling stories, regardless of the gender of the protagonist. Having said that, we’re aim for as even of a mix as we can possibly manage over the course of a year, dependent on the books that are actually released.
Q. Why are you doing this?
A. We have a Graphic Novel Club aimed at adults, and a teacher who joined wrote us asking if our choices could be freely shared with her students. We had to admit that 100% of the choices would not be sharable, but that made us think that putting together a package aimed directly at the kids made a whole lot of sense! Teachers: Always the smartest ones in the room!
Q. What if my kid hates the book?
A. You can cancel the monthly plan at any time, and if you’re dissatisfied with any of our choices just return the book, and we’ll give you a full refund.
Q. Can I give this as a gift?
A. Yes! In fact that’s our main intent with this – introducing the joys of comics to kids you know all around the country. Annual memberships make great gifts!
Q. What if I wanted a bulk subscription for my school or organization?
A. We can accommodate you! Please contact Brian Hibbs directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss bulk subscriptions.
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KIDS' GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB
Curated Graphic Novels for Boys & Girls 9+ Years of Age
Comics are going through an incredible renaissance at the moment, with more astonishing tales being produced than the average person could possibly hope to keep up on. One of the most explosive areas of growth is comics and graphic novels aimed at kids!
Kids love comics and graphic novels-- our nearly three decades of running a comic book store can attest to that. But parents usually don’t know how or where to start. Parents want books that they can trust, so they usually fall back upon the same few characters and licenses that they see in other media, not knowing or having the time to figure out which are the truly special and thoughtful books with a passionate creative vision. And that's understandable! How can you have time to stay up on children’s literature when you barely have time to stay current with your own likes?
That’s where Comix Experience comes in -– we eat, live and breathe comics and graphic novels, and while we’re mostly adults, we’re all kids at heart. Similar to our Graphic Novel of the Month Club, we've introduced the Kids' Graphic Novel of the Month Club to help put the best graphic novels for kids in your child's hand every month. Plus, the Kids' Graphic Novel of the Month Club has a 13-year-old on our advisory board -– Ben, son of Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs!
Each and every month, we send your favorite kid an amazing, compelling self-contained graphic novel that’s going to light their mind up and leave them wanting more! Each pick is a newly released book that month, so you don’t have to worry about them already having it. And each pick is suitable for a typical middle reader 9+ year old.
But wait, there’s more!
In addition to a great graphic novel they also get:
● Access to a monthly live-streamed book club meeting where kids from all over the country discuss the graphic novel they’ve just read. Click here to see videos of past meetings that are archived at the bottom of our event page.
● Whenever possible, we have the writer and artist of the book involved in the video meeting, there to answer your kid’s questions. And when we have the authors actually in-store, we have a special club-only mixer for your kids to meet.
● We have an invite-only and moderated message group where kids can write their own reviews of the books we send, and talk about it amongst themselves. Every kid who writes 10 reviews earns a free book!
● We also offer cool swag for the book, like posters and bookmarks, whenever available!
The whole thing is just $15 a month, the average price of a kid’s graphic novel. If you are local in San Francisco you may pick the book up, otherwise we can ship it for a nominal charge.
Ways to Join the Club
Kids' Graphic Novel Club membership is available on an annual or month-to-month basis. You can sign up today by clicking the buttons below or by calling either of our stores. Annual memberships make great gifts!