The Heroic Girls Summer Reading Program

Read, Write, Win!

The only thing better than reading great comics over the summer is getting rewarded for reading the great comics you were going to read anyway. That’s why Heroic Girls is proud to announce our inaugural summer reading program, a way for both kids and adults to set some summer reading goals and win some great prizes

SmileStep 1: Read

Read a graphic novel (not a single issue comic.) We’ve compiled a great list of recommended graphic novels with strong female protagonists for both kids and adults that you can choose from — or you can choose one on your own.

We encourage you to try different genres, art styles and publishers. Maybe this will be the summer you find something new!

Step 2: Write

Write a short review of each graphic novel that you read over the summer, and submit it to Heroic Girls. The reviews can be as short as a single paragraph (especially for kids.) Tell us why you liked (or didn’t like) the book. What stood out about the writing? Was the art especially beautiful? Who was your favorite character? What was the book about?

We will gather the reviews and build a database that you and your fellow heroic girls can consult when they are looking for something to read in the future.

TakioStep 3: Win

Everyone who submits at least one review will get a prize pack including a certificate of accomplishment, a bookmark and possibly some other goodies. Additionally, people who submit six reviews before September 1st, 2015, will be entered in a drawing to win graphic novels, signed comics, original art and more from top creators including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Colleen Coover and others. Each review you submit above six will give you another chance to win one of these great prizes.

Prizes will be awarded by random drawing of all qualified entrants until all prizes have been distributed. No more than one special prize will be awarded per person, unless we have more prizes than qualified entrants. Separate prizes will be awarded for kids and adults.

Unfortunately, I can only send prizes to people in the United States. Once an eccentric billionaire agrees to back us, we will ship to Calcutta. I swear.

Prizes have been provided by Empire’s Comics Vault, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction of Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc., Big Tree Comics and Heroic Girls.


Q. I’ve already read a bunch of these. Can I just write reviews of books I’ve read in the past and submit them to win prizes?

A. No. The purpose of this program is to encourage you to read new books this summer. You can reread a graphic novel and write a review if you want, but just writing a review without reading the book does not count. You will be on your honor to abide by these terms, so be heroic.

Q. All of the books you suggest feature women. Do I have to read a book with a female protagonist?

A. No. Sometimes it is difficult to find good comics that feature female protagonists — particularly for children. We created our list to help women and girls to find representation on the comics shelf. Good books featuring male protagonists are a bit easier to find. But if you really love The Dark Knight Returns, give us a review of The Dark Knight Returns.

Pretty DeadlyQ. Actually, I am male. Can I participate?

A. Absolutely.

Q. Some of the books you list as “All-Ages” are not appropriate for children / some of the books you list for adults are really for kids.

A. We did our best to try and help parents find books that were kid-friendly — but this list is just our best judgment. It is not meant to be a substitute for your judgment as a parent. Look at the book. Read the jacket. Decide if it is right for your kid.

Q. I’m a grown up, can I read from the “All-Ages” list?

A. I highly recommend it. There is some great stuff there. “All Ages” means “everyone” — not “just for kids.”