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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.
As the comic book world has come back to life or, at least, come back to a regular publishing schedule, I am happy to have enough new comics to read to return to a weekly, comic book review post.
I have missed this!
Re-beginning next week, The Best Sequential Art returns!
I am eager to reengage this passion.
With real life heroes all around us, the world of superheroes will have to work hard to catch up…
With DC releasing their Death Metal event and Marvel unleashing Empyre along with Johnathan Hickman’s continuing take on The X-Men and Brian Michael Bendis on the Superman (and related) titles, there is a lot to which I am looking forward.