Girlhood in Gravity Falls
Written by Lauren VanHelden
Illustrated by Dianne Von Esson
Gravity Falls is dark, witty, and chock full of references to early 90s pop culture – and it airs on the Disney Channel. Though the projected audience is in the 7-12 age range, the show has picked up a cult following amongst college students and young adults who consider the show an engaging mixture of nostalgia and contemporary storytelling. The main ensemble is composed of characters who are not only interesting in their own right, but serve as archetypes that mirror the life experiences of older viewers and have the potential to positively influence younger ones.