I was never a huge comic book reader when I was younger. In fact, minus a few issues that have fallen apart or I’ve given away, I still have all of the books I’ve ever owned since my days as a youth. Spoiler alert: that’s not very many comics. The point here is that I didn’t have a large collection, and definitely wasn’t using my allowance to buy a new comic book every week or month.
I remember liking the idea of super heroes – Spider-Man specifically – but I don’t know how I got into that kind of thing, or how I ever first realized I “knew” Peter Parker’s origin story. I guess it’s just one of those things that gets ingrained into popular culture that we’re aware of all the time.
I added to my collection when I was in high school, a little bit, when I found some cool Star Wars comics that I enjoyed. Still not on the ground floor of when Star Wars came back into pop culture either – I was still more into the novels than the comic books.
But recently after discovering podcasts like Make Dad Read Comics, I’ve been getting more into comic books. Some of them are pure indulgence (such as Civil War) but I’ve been largely more judicial in choosing comic books to read. I’m not extremely interested in the super-hero genre, but tend to gravitate more toward the “literary” comic book. More independent stuff. I’m not counting Vader in that category, mind you.
But I also used to read web comics all of the time. This is one area I’ve struggled to get back into, and I don’t know why. Web comics are basically like news paper comics, but there are some really good ones out there that deserve attention. Unfortunately I’m having to discover that all over again. Dinosaur Comics is perennially my favourite, but I can’t say I can name others right now.
I think my personal renaissance stems from there being more choice these days. The quality is also higher than what I remember as a youth – even 15 years ago, the quality was not as good as it is today. I think it’s amazing what some people are able to come up with, and I’m always in awe of what people are able to draw.
Got any good comic recommendations? Web or otherwise?