Just to clarify, the lack of posts over the last few days was not a result of me slipping back into my old habits. My laptop had gotten a virus and it was out of commission for a few days. The virus is gone now and everything’s working right so it’s time to get back down to business.
I grew up reading comics and even drew my own, selling a few to a local comic store that supported independent local comic artists called Strange Adventures. Like a lot of things when we grow up it got away from me. Now, however, I find myself slowly getting back into it. They say that if you write you should read, read and read some more. I believe this and keeping my horizons broadened I’ve purchased some graphic novels and read them. “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller was a fantastic read as was “Marvels” by Kurt Busek and Alex Ross and “Kingdome Come” by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. I am most impressed with Alan Moore. I’ve read “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta” which he wrote and I am currently reading “Saga of Swamp Thing Volume One”. You need to do yourself a favor and read his work. Alan Moore once said “To paint comicbooks as childish and illiterate is lazy. A lot of comics are literate – unlike most films”. I agree with his statement. Comics are like almost any medium in that you have to sift through some half-assed and pointless ones to find the real treasures. A lot of the mainstream comicbooks are like a lot of the big budget movies in that their primary goal is to sell and make money as opposed to telling a great story. So the next time you find yourself looking for something new to read, check out the graphic novel sections at major retail bookstores or check out your local comic shop. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you’ve been missing and what you can find!