It's normal, I'm sure her mother was concerned about what she liked when she was in 3d grade.
Yes. Her son would most likely be better off being an illiterate moron. Keeps conversations around the dinner table on a level playing field.
Why was she in a comics store, then?!
Of course she's right to be worried! Every child should be reading Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and Neil Gaiman's Sandman by the time they reach second grade!And people wonder why kids these days have such poor reading skills. Here's a hint for overbearing parents: let your kids read stuff they enjoy. Pushing them will only put them off reading for leisure.
Funny how even the most brainless comics nowadays manage to have more content than 90% of the crap on television. And yet this woman complains about stuff she doesn't even know.
While the mothers talked, the kid says to Mr.Tim..."My mother makes me go into stores like this ALL THE TIME, I'm in 3rd grade it's time I grow the F*%k up!
Kid better be reading Lost Girls by Grade 5, or so help me...
Bet she despises Sunday comic strips too. I grew up being read Dick Tracy and Peanuts by my dad every Sunday morning. It actually helped reenforce the reading from school. Granted my mom despised superhero comics but I did get stacks of Donald Duck (Carl Barks!) and Mickey Mouse when I was sick. I encourage my own kids to read as many comics as possible, even superheroes,and to learn the actual process that goes in to making the books. Don't be an ignoramus, lady, encourage your kid to read and that includes comics.
Lady, just be worried it he's still commenting anonymously after 4th grade.
@Kid AtomicYou misspelled "reinforce".
I believe you're missing an important point here, gentlemen. Now, let's imagine this noble woman would begin to actively participate in her son's reading process, telling him not to forget to read that issue of Batman vs Teenage Morphing Ninja Rangers because reading comics is important yadda yadda yadda. Wouldn't he naturally stop reading superhero comics at this point just because "Dude, reading comics is lame. My Mom says I should read comics"?
Maybe she's overheard a lot of the other customers featured on this blog.
It seriously owns how Mr. Tim is just turning points from chapter 4 of the "How to Troll Comic Nerds 101" textbook (T. Stone, Random House, 2004) into strips.
What she should really be concerned about is her "14" year old son is "REPEATING" 3rd grade..."AGAIN".
@ Lugh, Is that a joke? I can't find anything about that 'book' anywhere. Literally. No amazon, no ebay, no wikipedia.. nowhere on Random House. If someone has to ask if you're joking, might want to rethink the comment.Even if you weren't joking it wouldn't matter. Funny is funny is funny.
@ Anonymous 7:48That book really exists. Go back to Wikipedia and look up the word "gullible." Scroll down to the bottom and you'll find a link to it.
Her friends response..."Really? I would have thought he would be into Porn by now?"
I'm impressed actually. I have a little brother who is in third grade and his teachers have him so burned out on reading that he won't even pick up a superhero comic most of the time. OBVIOUSLY the son is the smarter party in this scenario.
Yes, in third grad, my friends were reading Tin Tin and various war comics.
I was illiterate in third grade. Hadn't figured out the whole phonetics thing yet. Didn't stop me from majoring in Lit.
Ok, this one I might have to buy and frame
Anonymoys above, I came here to write the exact same thing. And then give it as a present, although it'd be hard to decide from among so many of my single male friends in their 30s.