Here is Booking Through Thursday‘s latest:
Last Saturday (May 2nd) was Free Comic Book Day! In celebration of comics and graphic novels, some suggestions:
– Do you read graphic novels/comics? Why do/don’t you enjoy them?
I haven’t read a comic book in years, but really like that they’ve become much more mainstream, or accepted in the mainstream, and not just for comic book nerds. I loved comics as a kid and read and collected them into my early twenties. One of the chief reasons I stopped reading them was the expense. They are addictive. Then there was the social stigma attached to them.
I don’t think I’ll run out and start reading them again. But I do get the comic book fix with movies like Wolverine.
Saw it last weekend and liked it for what it was, but was disappointed that the story wasn’t drawn from the four-issue mini series that came out in 1982. That series delved into the character of Wolverine, touched on his darker side, which seems repressed in the film, or rather played out by his brother. Plus the pencils by Miller were great.
Comics were my path into reading and reading obsessively. They really shouldn’t be dismissed. In them, I learned about such issues as the horrors of war — Sgt. Rock—and reading them and learning about their history as I became a serious collector, I learned about the censorship issues that have periodically flailed their industry. Interestingly, the arguments made against comics — too violent, too lewd, etc. — are arguments used to justify censorship of various media and art forms.