View from the Gutters presents Back Matter #8 — Amulet and Young Adult Readers

Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on discussion that doesn’t make it into our main show, including interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at

On this episode of Back Matter our hosts have read volumes 1-3 of Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi. It is the story of a young girl named Emily, her brother, and their mother who are all transported to a mystic land which was once home to Emily’s great-grandfather. There they have a series of adventures involving a mystic amulet of great power, the King of the Elves, and a group known as The Stonekeepers.

We use this comic to frame our discussion with Audrey about her experiences as a young female comics reader, as well as a larger discussion about the relationship between the comics industry and younger readers.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti,  Audrey Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Tobiah Panshin.

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