I spent a lot of time with my Grandparents when I was a kid and my uncle had left his comic book collection there when he moved out. We played with all of his old toys. I fell in love first with the art and tried my best to recreate it. I started actually reading them much later. Then I got away from comics as I grew older. Life, girls and partying took over. I eventually got married, got a real job, stopped partying and got caught up in the hum drum of everyday life. A few years ago I found myself bored.
I had been laid off for a long time and the job hunt was dismal. I was going crazy in between re-writing resumes, going to job interviews and scouring the online job sites for hope so I walked in to my local comic book store and tried to capture what I had lost when "I grew up".
I started buying random books. I moved from title to title. I feel like i am just now starting to gain some focus and really figure out what I love and don't love as much about particular books and characters.
I am so glad to have found what I had lost. I am grateful to comic book artists and writers for keeping that alive and for Talking Comics for giving me a weekly pod cast that excites me every week with new discoveries and laughs. I am also thankful for this newly revamped site.
Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman.
My window into comics way via music. Two of my favourite bands have lead singers who wrote comics and I thought that was the coolest thing even though I'd never even touched a comic before.
The Umbrella Academy by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way was my first and it is a friggin masterpiece even after everything I have consumed since. Gabriel Ba's art just captivated me and sucked me into this strange new world.
The other was The Amory Wars graphic novels by Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria. This was special because the concept and story is so integral to the songs and albums of the band. I had already learnt a lot of the plot from obsessing over the music so when I got to the comics it was like discovering it all over again. The familiarity with the source material also helped me to understand the language of comics and many of its tropes.
I always had the interest in comics due to cartoons like Superfriends (and all their subsequent sequels), 90's Marvel, DC's Timmeverse, etc. Once I arrived to the USA circa 2003 I was able to visit comic book stores and well...the rest is history.
Post by CaptainSuperior on Jan 11, 2014 21:10:26 GMT -5
My dad had several comics stowed away from when he was a kid, one day we were cleaning out the attic and came across the box, which he then gave to me and let me pour over them . My dad also did a lot of amaetuer drawing when he was in school and drew tons of sketches of landscapes from Marvel and DC comics.
He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.
Post by wjohnson22 on Jan 13, 2014 23:02:47 GMT -5
For me, I was right at the sweet spot for watching Batman the Animated Series growing up, being about 8-11 when it originally aired. In addition, I read a lot of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips but didn't read other comic books too much until in college a friend gave me a copy of Dennis O'Neil and Neil Adams Green Lantern / Green Arrow series, mostly because he thought I looked like Oliver Queen (goatee yes, nearly as jacked, no) and would dig the political bent to the series. This became a slippery slope that has gradually taken more and more of my paycheck!
When I was a kid I collected random comics, never had a full arc. Later I read a little more but still wasn't as involved as I am now.
I'd say that I really started reading comics when my wife (knowing I kind of read comics at the time) told me that one of her favorite regulars with matching bright red hair stopped in at her baby resale store that day and that she and her husband write comics for a living, and that someday we are supposed to have our kids do a play date. This piqued my interest so I looked both of them up and got some of the husbands "invincible ironman" (because that was the only character I recognized and knew I liked) and was sucked in. It was all down hill from there, complete immersion.
For me it really wasn't any one thing that got me back into comics. I was looking for a different way to take in a story and with the popularity of comic book movies of recent years I decided to jump back in. I haven't looked back, yet.
I have always been a geek at heart. I work in IT currently. While browsing the interwebs before Christmas of 2012, I came across a video of people waiting in line outside Midtown Comics in NYC for Amazing Spider-man #700. So I said to myself, that is probably something that would be nice to just own in general. Up until that point, I had not read a full comic front to back. While at the store I thought to myself, I didnt want to just read one issue, I may as well pick up a few issues before that to get more of a back story. I actually have been to the comic shop many times in my youth to play the Star Wars CCG in the late 90s but never actually picked up a comic to read. I ended up grabbing #697-#700. I was amazed by the art and story that I wanted more. I sort of made the decision to start with just Amazing Spider-man and try to collect as many back issues as i possibly could from $1 bins and at cons. 12/26/13 was my one year anniversary of collecting. I have now over 550 comics, most of them good buys from cons or $1 bins but a bunch of new stuff. I am what Steve calls the mythic older guy who discovers comics late in life (I am 30 now). I am SOOOOOO disappointed that I didnt discover comics earlier because the stories, art and collectability is just such a great experience. And I have to say that the podcast was another main factor in me discovering new books and a personal direction to take. I now have a pull list of about 20 titles and have no plans of ever not being a comic book reader. Thanks guys.
My mom. As a kid she would take us to the local grocery store Publix here in Orlando Florida. She would get comics for me and my two brothers. I am the middle child, born in the mid 80s so 90s comics is what I read. We watched Spider-Man, X-Men and Batman the animated series and would collect the X-Men trading cards. We also played t-ball in elementary school and after each practice we would go behind the baseball field where they had a little comic shop called Enterprise 1701, which is now Sci-Fi City. I grew out of them around the age of 10, but about 5 years ago a buddy at work let me read Walking Dead and so on the way to work I noticed a shop called A Comic Shop and I decided to stop in. On and off throughout the years I've picked up a few books and love the community of the shop. They make you feel like family when you walk in. A few years ago I got my first iPhone and I I heard about podcasts, so I searched for comic book podcasts one day and ran across this one, and have been listening to it ever since.
Post by JediHunter66 on Jan 16, 2014 0:44:57 GMT -5
90's X-Men cartoon and Batman animated series led to me reading Spider-Man and X-Men comics as a kid. Still have my original first ones . Fell off in high school and got back into comics with the New 52 and Marvel now.