Comic Book Parade Vol. 1 - Comic Confessions
Hello everyone and welcome to a new series I'm starting here on Have A Parde. Discussing comics on my blog is not a new concept (be sure to check out my favorites posts here and here), but I wanted to officially make it "a thing". I have been reading a LOT more comics recently, so I definitely have plenty of material to talk about. This series will talk about all things comics, not just reviews. I may do some posts about how to start reading comics, where to shop for them, the mediums they are available in, and so on. If you have any specific requests or questions, please let me know and I'll try to address them in the future. Let's get this party started with some confessions I have as a comic reader.
1. ihavenoideawhatimdoing.jpg --> Seriously though. I got into comics by reading one and getting hooked on it. It had nothing to do with superheroes or capes or weird mutated villains. It was a brand new space opera called Saga. From then, I was hooked.
2. I still am not the biggest fan of superhero comics. I am slowly getting into them more and more, but I love comics that are independent standalone series. This is mostly because you can read and enjoy them without researching the 40 years of comic history, like X-Men.
3. Reading comics is stupidly fun and enjoyable. I never thought that I would reach this level of nerdiness, but here we are. Comics push characters and storylines to the limit, they give zero fucks, and SO much happens in very few pages. What's not to love?
4. Comic book stores still intimidate me, which is silly because I'm not exactly a total noob anymore. If you are in the same boat, that's ok! Remember that the people working in comic book stores love comics and are just glad that someone is there and interested. Ask for recommendations! They are more than willing to help. Although comic book shops are great, if you are too intimidated or don't have a great local shop, then shop online! Amazon is great obviously, particularly for trade paperbacks, but if you want to buy single issues I recommend Midtown Comics. They allow you to make a pull list, AKA a subscription list of all the comics you want to receive as they become available. I like this, because I don't have to think about it. All the comics I want show up once a month. It works out quite nicely.
So just to re-iterate the above points. I'm not an expert. I just love comics and wanted to share what I know with fellow book lovers who may not have explored this area yet. My next Comic Book Parade volume will likely be about series that got me into comics, but if you want a sneak peak check out my favorites posts 1 and 2. Those series are all ones that I read very early in my comic discovery. I hope you all enjoy this new series. Let me know what you would like to see in future posts!