Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Adventures Through Pictures and Words

When I was little, the only comic book I ever remember owning was a sonic the hedgehog comic book. I really didn't get interested in comics and graphic novels till I was in high school. The first one I read was the Danile Clowes book  'Ghost World.' I remember reading it late at night with the fan on and the windows open in my bedroom. I loved it and after that I wanted to read as many as possible. Comic books and graphic novels combine two things I love, art and stories.

When I was younger, it was much more difficult to find access to certain types of popular culture. I always had to really seek things out weather it be a band I liked or a book or comic book I wanted to read or a movie I wanted to see. Now we live in the age of Spotify and Netflix and for me at least, a really amazing library system that has tons of amazing comics not to mention CD's, DVD's and of course novels. I love this. People should have access to the pop culture that resonates with them without having to jump through hoops or spend tons of money.

Right now I am in the middle of several series of comic books.

'The Unwritten' by Mike Carey

Unwritten is part playful homage to Harry Potter and other fantasy novels, part meditation on the dreariness of growing old without purpose and part rip-roaring fantasy adventure! The main character has many issues that he needs to work out with his father, and his issues drive a lot of the conflict. 
The story is about a man who grew up the son of a man famous for writing a series of YA fantasy novels. The novel's protagonist shares the same name as the main character of the comic: Tommy Taylor. When the overly zealous fans of the novels begin to believe that Tom Taylor is the living incarnate of their fictional hero, things get strange!

'Mind MGMT' by Matt Kindt

This story is a plot twisting story mixing the genres of fantasy and spy thriller. The main character of the book is a woman named Meru. More comic books need female characters (and let's face it, more fiction in general!) Meru keeps finding herself drawn to a mystery involving a secret organization. This organizations members have supernatural skills and talents. With these skills and talents, they cloak and uncover secrets upon secrets. Meru and the reader get the delight of discovering the secrets!

'Saga' by Brian Vaughan

Saga is a love story, vast science fiction adventure and a tale of survival against all odds! The two main characters, Alana and Marko  fall in love despite being on opposite ends of a battle so expansive, it is taking place on several planets. After the lovebirds have a child, they become a target for both sides of the war. They escape their enemies with help from strange beings and by traveling through space and visiting amazing planets.

What are some of your favorite comic books?

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