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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.
Then I read them.
Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.
COMICS I READ LAST WEEK
The best comic I read last week was Love is Love.
Far and away, this was the best book I read last week. And I figured it would be. The reason it doesn’t show up in the images above is I purchased it in hard copy. And I am quite glad I did. Beautifully written by some incredibly talented people, lovingly illustrated by an all star cast of artists, Love Is Love is an experience everyone – not every comic reader – should have.
It’s 144 pages. I read it in one night. Powerful. Depressing. Shocking. Uplifting. This book developed in the aftermath of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shootings will make you feel. It will also make you think.
It’s a beautiful work and its title says it all.
Love. Is. Love.