Sidewise Launch Date: 8 October 2009!

The Final Countdown

We now have a launch date for SIDEWISE on Zuda Comics, and that date is Thursday, October 8th! Please be sure to bookmark the SIDEWISE page and add it to your favorites. Trust me: you are not going to want to miss the launch of this exciting story!

Sidewise Teaser Image by Igor Noronha

All-Ages Does Not Equal Kids Only

I’m really going to need your help spreading the word. I like to think of SIDEWISE as the little all-ages webcomic that could, and if you are familiar with Zuda’s ongoing content then you are keenly aware that SIDEWISE is the first all-ages project to win the monthly competition. I think this is indicative of the current sentiment regarding all-ages stories: They’re only for kids.

I’m not sure when there was a paradigm shift in comic books, but when I was growing up, parents didn’t think twice about sharing their comics with their children. After all, you would never find inappropriate language, innuendo, partial nudity or ultra-violence in a comic book. It just wasn’t necessary to tell a good, entertaining story. Our comics were super cool and we loved them–oblivious of the fact that they were all-ages comics. We read them because the stories captured our imaginations and we lived a super-powered life vicariously through characters who could fly, leap buildings in a single bound and run faster than a locomotive.

Kid-Friendly = Kiss of Death

“Kid-Friendly” is a stupid phrase. My 13-year-old told me so. He doesn’t want to read a kid-friendly book, he wants to read what I’m reading. So I create stories like SIDEWISE, Edgar Allan Poo and Kid Houdini. My sons–like all kids out there–don’t want you to dumb down the story, and they certainly don’t want to read a book that says “kid-friendly” on the cover. Book series like Harry Potter, Twilight and Pendragon have proven that you don’t need to speak down to young readers and young adults. Believe it or not, they can handle thick novels and the comic books you read. They just don’t need all the aforementioned non-story-essential “adult” elements. So why can’t all-ages be smart, engaging, action-packed and accessible to all readers and still be cool?

Sidewise = Cool

My goal for SIDEWISE is simple: to create a smart, engaging, action-packed historical fiction story that will appeal to readers of all ages… and still be cool. And if you believe a story needs adult language, ultra-violence, innuendo and partial nudity to be cool, I feel sorry for you. You’re going to miss a heckuva story. A heckuva cool story.


7 thoughts on “Sidewise Launch Date: 8 October 2009!

  1. I love a good rant, but I’d like to contest your ‘first all-ages Zuda winner title’, good sir! The gauntlet is at your feet…

    However, totally agree with you about the kid-friendly label. The kids who stopped and talked to me at Fan Expo were mainly 9 – 12. One girl was even reading Cerebus. They were pretty much all reading Amulet. Go figure. ;o)

    Everyone who told me about Tiny Titans was over 30. That I can’t explain. :o|

    Looking forward to launch date. What’s your update rate, mate?

  2. Hey! That’s my birthday… I expect you to kick it off big. I say yes and no to some of the points you have made. I love to see good all ages stuff. I also love Tiny Titans (I can explain it Canaan, but I won’t do it here) I think there are a couple good all ages strips on Zuda. Celadore is one, Night Owls another. I don’t consider either of them to be ‘kids comics’ but both are ‘kid friendly’ in that neither should merit or require an explicit content warning, and the humor and the action could be appreciated by anyone for the most part.

    Labeling something as being for kids, especially comics in my opinion, will often ensure that your audience will all be that over 30 crowd. It’s unfortunate. I think it is important to let parents know that a comic is suitable for all ages. There is no reason you have to go overboard telling the kids that ๐Ÿ™‚ . I think good accessible comics that don’t cross certain lines are the sort that kids can pick up and love, and not feel like all they have access to is baby food.

    I am really looking forward to your official kickoff. I enjoyed the first 8, and am excited to see where it goes from there.

  3. HIGH MOON as the first ‘all-ages’ title to win the Zuda competition, for the record. I’m just saying.


    Okay… just kidding. Caanan, while I love Celadore, it is NOT all-ages due to inappropriate language (i.e. “damn,” “hell, etc), and some may find the nakedness of a certain character and blood inappropriate as well. Did you know that some elementary schools would not allow Flight in their classrooms because it contained the word “crap?”

    Absolutely. Young readers are SO much smarter than most publishers give them credit for. I mean, I think Tiny Titans is pretty cool, but I can’t get my kids to check it out. They want to read MY comics. And they do. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Rob: Excellent! Consider this my birthday present to ya. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I understand what you’re saying. Totally. I just have a problem with retailers, readers–whoever, thinking all-ages means “kids only.”

    David: I don’t think my 8-year-old’s ready for High Moon goodness just yet, my friend. But you can rest assured he’ll be reading it in the next couple years. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. >> David: I donโ€™t think my 8-year-oldโ€™s ready for High Moon goodness just yet, my friend. But you can rest assured heโ€™ll be reading it in the next couple years. >>

    We keep it about as dark as the very first animated TRANSFORMERS movie. It’s all-ages, just not G-rated. It’s PG. [In that film they say sh*t, damn, and hell]. The good guys win. The monsters don’t. I mean, I consider the first Superman movie to be all-ages. But, it’s listed as PG. So, I guess it depends on your interpretation.

  6. Hey, me and my 13-year-old LOVE it. It’s just a bit too spooky for my 11 and 8-year-olds. It’s great stuff, though, man. I hope you know I mean that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I base my definition of all-ages on what I’ve been told by educators (i.e. college professors, elementary school teachers) and parents. If it has ONE curse word (or even the word “crap,” as I said earlier), it won’t be allowed in most elementary school classrooms. By academia’s standard, High Moon is not all-ages.

    But I still love you, man.

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