"Eiichiro Oda pretty much just draws what he wants to, let’s his story go where it will w/o worrying if it’s too weird for young readers."— Deb Aoki (@debaoki)
At the kids comics panel - “I don’t think Eiichiro Oda spends a lot of time thinking if what he’s creating is appropriate for a certain age”— Deb Aoki (@debaoki)— Deb Aoki (@debaoki)
Kids Comix #sdcc panel: “Ppl forget that kids can handle weird, complicated & detailed stuff. Look @ Pokemon, One Piece, Lord of the Rings!”— Deb Aoki (@debaoki)July 27, 2014
Kids comics at #sdcc “everytime I borrow a g.novel from the library, it’s dog-earred & read to death! Buy more! We’ve got plenty!” -S.Gaydos— Deb Aoki (@debaoki)
Our Making Kids Comics Awesome! panel was live-blogged by manga magnate debaoki. The quotes about Eiichiro Oda are mine.
Any time there’s a discussion about what’s appropriate in all-ages comics, I think about ONE PIECE and how it’s the highest-selling comic and most popular anime in the world by a significant margin. At times, it looks more innocuous than anything you’d see on SproutTV. At other times, it gets more intense than any ‘grimdark’ superhero comic.
The turns are jarring, weird and maybe a little inappropriate — and I really think the series’ success is largely due to that. Nobody, at any age level, reading or making stories, is going to get excited about something that feels ‘safe.’