3 Reasons everyone should try comics
BY ROBERT CELLUCCI ON JANUARY 6, 2014
Everyone should try comics, and here’s reasons why.
Reason 1: There is a comic book for everyone. There is no reason why anyone shouldn’t read comics. There are thousands if not millions of comics and all sorts of genres, whether stereotypical superheros or zombie apocalypses, awkward romance comics or even mysteries. Comics are just another medium. Whether a book, a TV show, a movie or a play: they just tell a story.
Reason 2: A large amount of TV shows and movies are based on comic books. Speaking of mediums, comics are often transferred into other mediums. For those of you with decent movie taste or TV show interest, you’ve probably seen something that was originally a comic, whether that’s the recent Batman trilogy, or that *cough* dreadful excuse for a “Superman” movie or something else. V for Vendetta, Sin City, 300, Watchmen, The Walking Dead, Arrow, Smallville, The Mask. Some of those are clearly better than others, but nonetheless they all have their roots in comics. Some of them much better as comics. A good story is always interesting. We should be constantly looking for a good story whether in animation to Toy Story or the Lion King to regular live action acting. We crave adventure, and comics provide it. Some of the best stories ever told have been in comics. They ask important questions, often without answers. If you can’t see what I mean, read Watchmen. Alan Moore asks questions that shake and shape our society one of which is what is more important world peace or true justice?
Reason 3: The characters you meet at a comic shop are almost as original as the ones in the comic books themselves. If you are down on 9th street talking to our own comic book crowd with Dave or Gary working the counter and Tilly hanging out, you’ll see that these people are incredibly original, the kind of people you won’t find anywhere else. They’re brutally honest and will be the first to tell you not only when something is wrong or bad in comics, but also when they’re right and good. Dave is one of the kindest people you will ever meet, whether helping you find a comic you’re looking for or talking about the latest comic film or show with you for hours on end. Tilly will find you comics you wouldn’t have ever seen yourself; reading some of them will expand your horizons, lead you to find something really amazing and some of them will make you miss what you used to read. Gary is great with conversation as well but, he has a special knack for showing you the comics with original or interesting art and sometimes even some of his own drawings. Spending a day like Wednesday (New Comic Book Day) in the store is always interesting because people tend to keep coming back. The environment of a comic store is more of a community that just happens to have a store in it. When you don’t get involved with these stories, you miss a group of people that really embodies the originality of culture.
Those are 3 reasons everyone should try comics. Because comics are just an original medium, they can tell stories that are good, bad, great, awful but more importantly they bring together not only interesting ideas but interesting people.