TL;DR: This past week, I was on vacation in northern lower Michigan and found myself without anything to read. Â In my rush to pack after the step-son’s wedding, I forgot to grab the last few volumes of the comic book series I’ve been working my way through over the past few years. Â A local comic book store turned me on to another ongoing series, and after reading the first 2 volumes, I’m totally hooked on the world of comic books. Â I’ve decided to document my experiences and research as I navigate my way through the massive world of narrative art. Â So, I’ve created a new category called Comic Book Adventures.
Please bear with me, I’m very new to this world and it is a very particular world. Â It has its own language and terminology that I’m quickly learning, but still don’t completely comprehend. Â But I’m terribly intrigued and want to become an expert.
All my life, I’ve had trouble with reading. Â In elementary school, I hated reading and never really learned to love it like so many others. Â I always did terribly on the reading comprenhension part of standardized testing and rarely, if ever, read for pleasure.
In college, my sister introduced me to a couple of authors who’s writing style seemed to work for me and I’ve since read most of their works, some more than once. Â However, I still struggle with most books I try to read because I have trouble with comprehension and often have to re-read sentences over and over again, making book reading a long and frustrating process. Â I can devour audiobooks while driving (having a long commute is great for this) or at home, while knitting or doing dishes – which has been great for taking in some fantastic sci-fi books – as well as some non-fiction and other just great stuff.
A few years ago, our friend Jessica introduced Nick and I to a comic book series – Y:The Last Man, introducing me to the world of comic books. Â Â I’d never read a comic book before and oddly, it took a bit of time for me to really figure out how to read these new books – unsure of the right order to read the word balloons and how to identify the emphasis within the ballon; Â but once I did, I found that I could blow through the Trade Paperbacks quickly and was always looking for the next book.
After flying through 2 TPB volumes (and reading the second volume twice) this past week, I think I discovered why I love comics so much more than “traditional books”. Â I tend to get lost in all the words used to describe a scene, an emotion, a character in books; love dialog, but find long scenic descriptions to be tedious. Â Comic books draw the scene, so they don’t have to describe it with words. Â Genius.
Still working my way through Y:The Last Man, and having finished 75% of The Watchman, I have a long way to go. Â I realize this is a well established world with its own rules and language. Â My Comic Book Adventure category will be my space to document what I learn. Â In future posts, I’ll talk about the ongoing series that I started on my vacation last week; I’ll talk more about Y:The Last Man and The Watchman; and then I want to dive into the Marvel Universe. Â Along the way, I’ll talk about my experiences at different Comic Book Stores and other experiences along the way. Â The Comic Book Adventures category will be the default category for all of my comic book research, information and reviews, but in the future I might add some “sub” categories as well.
Anyone else new to this party and have any suggestions for me as I navigate this strange new world?