07/11/2011

Excuse me Sir, do you sell American comics?

Like most kids, I loved my fortnightly comic fix. My first subscription was for The Dandy, which one of the two old ladies running the village Newsagents would deliver, along with the local gossip for Mum ;)
Back then there was two main comics for the younger readers, and you was either a Dandy or Beano kid.
The exception (and often the highlight or the year) was christmas, when both would publish a hardback album, and there was a good chance you'd get both! =D
As I aged, I discovered the wealth of other reading material out there, most of the more exciting comics were published by 2000AD, with The Nemesis and Judge Dredd being my favorite characters. By this stage my village newsagents had closed its doors, so I had to rely on trips into town which meant I often missed out on vital story arches :/ Something to consider at this point,  I did know of American comic characters, but only via TV shows and films. Favorites being Superman, Batman, The Hulk (and Wonder Woman), yet it had never occurred to me that they existed in print. So when I saw a kid at school reading Spiderman, I was blown away! But as life throws it's curve balls, buying comics became a rare leisure as I explored adulthood, with only a few Marvel UK prints adding to my collection. In the end, I had to rely on graphic novels for my comicy caper fixes.
That is, until now.
Reading graphic novels meant I wasn't totally out of the loop when it came to comics, yet occasionally a story arch would be completely out of skelter with my character knowledge. So when I heard of DC's New 52 I was all over it like a geek in cosplay. For the first time I could follow some of my favorite characters for the get go, to actually be a part of their adventures as they happened made me a very happy boy indeed. Which ones to buy was a major first hurdle, but in the end I am happy with my choices. The most surprising favorite being All star Western, a true victorian style thriller which put me in mind of a classic Sherlock Holmes story. The second choice was weather to go digital or not. I really like the digital format, yet I couldn't help but feel I didn't actually them, besides, I built a book shelve just for my graphic novels and it would be a shame if my comics didn't join them! So for the first time since I was 8, I now once again have comics arriving at my door; although sadly not by a slightly batty gossiping old woman :(


Here's to everyone's inner kid, may it never leave you (as it's often what makes you charming)
Thanks for stopping by ;)

3 comments:

IndigoWrath said...

Hi Robbie! Our inner kids are clearly alive and well; I was checking out near-mint early 2000ADs on eBay yesterday. I'mpleased to report that the thrillpower was still there. Indigo

Eolist Petite said...

i spent ages sifting through bins full of comic books with my son and most recently have developed a huge interest the brand spankin' new Star Trek comic books based on the newest movie characters.... proof that technology still cannot compete with imagination ;)

Occasionally called Robbie said...

Indigo - 200AD do/did have some top notch characters =D

Eolist - No matter how much technology evolves, society would crumble without art :)