Tuesday, September 23, 2008

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

It seems we've hit, well, if not the end of the road, then at least a rather large detour.

The girls are on strike until further notice. They both feel like they have too much going on in their non-comic lives and they want to "read comics because we like them, not because we have to talk about them."

On top of that, this has become more of a job than a hobby lately, and seeing that we get paid the high salary of $0.00 to write our columns, the math just isn't working out. Comics and graphic novels are an industry that grows larger by the day and creators and publishers are looking for publicity, especially free publicity. I've definitely been feeling pressured to review more and more titles as the girls become less and less interested.

Our love of the medium hasn't diminished -- we still make weekly trips to the comic shop and I will still use graphic novels in my classroom. So, I may pop up somewhere else in the future, but for now All Ages Reads is offline.

Many, many thanks to all the readers and creators who have been so wonderful to us. Your support and kindness are the reason we kept at this so long.

You don't need us anyway! Here are some great sites covering comics for kids:
The Graphic Classroom
Comics in the Classroom
Toon Books Kids Comics Blog
Good Comics for Kids

5 Comments:

At September 23, 2008 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

Awe, that's sad to hear. But I'm glad you'll still be reading comics! Good luck!

 
At September 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM , Blogger Robert A Patton said...

We will miss Shelby and Sarah's wonderful recommendations! It was a treat to meet you at Comi-Con. Happy reading,

 
At September 30, 2008 at 1:44 PM , Anonymous Melanie said...

sorry to see you go, as we just discovered you recently!

 
At October 4, 2008 at 12:57 PM , Anonymous Chris Wilson said...

It is a shame, but understandable. The pressure is overwhelming. We love your site and your reviews. You've always been so kind to The Graphic Classroom. We love you all very much.

We are reminded why we do this: To promote the love of reading! If keeping on meant you lost that love of reading (especially comics), well, we could not forgive ourselves. So we wish you well and hope you will say "hi" now and again.

The Graphic Classroom

 
At October 12, 2008 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Crab Orchard Comics said...

Hey there again! Thanks again for what you are doing here! Great stuff! We have listed you as a recommended site for recommending kid-friendly comics at www.craborchardcomics.blogspot.com

Thanks again! Keep up the great work!

 

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