So one thing I have gotten into in the last couple years is comic books.
I really didn’t have a comic book phase growing up, but at that point had read some graphic novels like “Watchman”, “V for Vendetta”, “A History of Violence”, “Palestine”, “Pyongyang,” etc.
And I had purchases a couple of random comics over the years.
But given that I can be penny-wise and pound foolish, when I saw 20 random comics in a brown bag for $8 at Casablanca Comics in downtown Portland, Maine, I had to check it out. And I liked it.
For me comics are kind of throwaways, they are fun. Stories and peril are often wrapped up in about 30 pages, clear heroes and villains, interesting artwork and writing. And at 40 cents each it’s easy for me to leave them places like the laundromat or more often give them to the Young Adult section at the Walker Library in Westbrook, Maine.
On Wednesday I did something ever crazier after lunch with friends .. bought a 100 comics in a box for $20. The ones I tend to read first are all the various superman series (there are tons), it’s a story I identify with, geeky kid gets bit by a spider. With great power comes great responsibility, feeling like the geek and afraid to ask the pretty girls out ….
Comic books are simply fun to me. And I invite you try a few and see if you like them. I am more of a Marvel guy then DC, as I prefer story to lots of fights, but they are simply good fun. Although honestly $4 is too much for new comics, but that’s a whole seperate issue.
As far as book I read this week, “Wool” by Hugh Howey was my favorite, but I already had that review on Wednesday .. I also read a silly book of political cartoons from Mad Magazine in 2000 (Topsy Turvy by Peter Kuper); and finally finished the Cornhuskers by Carl Sandburg (poetry) and “Love is a Dog From Hell” by Charles Bukowski; also finished the Saul Wiliams poetry book.
Still reading the John Mole (I Was a Potato Oligarch) and Ben Mezrich (Sex on the Moon) books as well as “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel, also finished the graphic novel “The Professor’s Daughter” (3-GR).
I generally review the books I finish at my Goodreads account.
Expect to be back to my normal book of the week format next week.