Exploring the World of….Comic Books?

My first literary love.
My first literary love.

As if I needed further proof that I’m a nerd.  I love being a nerd by the way.

First of all, let me start out by saying that I learned how to read with comic books.  I was completely addicted to Archie Comics.  We went out shopping, and where most kids would be begging for a candy bar, I would be standing there in the checkout with my parents begging for the latest Archie Comics….and a candy bar.

I was an only child and if you were looking for me, you could likely find me with my nose buried in a book growing up.  I remember as I got a little older I loved reading In Grandma’s Attic books, Babysitter’s Club, and then Sweet Valley High, before graduating to Danielle Steel, and eventually broadening my scope to where I would read just about anything.  But it all started with Archie.  My mom tells the story of how I would be sitting there at 4 or 5 years old, comic book in hand, giggling as I read.  She went up to me and asked me if I knew what I was reading, suspecting that I was simply laughing at the pictures.  She sat down with me and I started reading them to her.  So I wasn’t kidding when I said that I literally learned to read with Archie.  I still have boxes and boxes of books in my basement that I haven’t looked at in years, that contain Archie comics, Babysitter’s Club, and almost the entire Sweet Valley High series.  I just can’t bring myself to throw them out.  I feel like it would be throwing my childhood away.

I hadn’t read comics in a very long time, until recently when I was browsing YouTube and came across thisSaga 1 video that talked about comics.  It got me thinking about them again, and I went to the store and picked up Saga Volume 1.  I had heard a bit about it and thought it may be a good place to start again.  I read the first, and got totally hooked.  It’s a far cry from Archie, being a much more mature series, with mature scenes and language.  Overall though, it’s very engaging and I proceeded to head back out to the bookstore to pick up volumes 2, 3 and 4.  I also picked up the first trade for the latest Ms Marvel, which I also read and quite enjoyed.  In a way I feel like I’m a kid again!  But I really have to say that I’m enjoying comics a lot again.  Not only do they make great literary palate cleansers, which are great to read in between books as something that isn’t intellectually taxing, but they are great on their own, and I can really see myself getting into several of the stories.  Of course my husband and parents look at me like I have two heads, wondering why I am wasting my time on kid’s stuff, ms marvelbut I really don’t look at it that way.  In a way, I feel like I’ve come full circle.  Comics are great to read in between more difficult books or chunkies, they’re great for car trips or plane rides as they don’t require a huge amount of concentration, and you can look up from them for a few minutes and then quite easily get back to where you left off.  They’re nice if you just want to read for a few hours and don’t want to get into anything too heavy, or don’t have a lot of time to read and don’t want to commit yourself to starting a new novel.

It really makes sense that I would get back into comics.  I like to read all kinds of fiction.  I like historical fiction, romance, mystery, horror, etc.  But I also appreciate YA and sci-fi, including reading about vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards, hippogryphs, and dragons.  Comics to me seem like a perfect addition to my reading list.  Though my TBR just doubled in size, I’m pretty stoked to read more.

Are you interested in comics?  Do you think I’m crazy?  Do you have favourites you can recommend?  I’m certainly open to suggestions.

Pictures from here, here, and here.

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