Some weekends ago I came across myself in one of the older malls in the city. I’ve been going to this mall ever since I counted my age in single digits, its been refurbished and rebuilt several times but I could still start to see the shadow of the old mall when I look at it. My family goes to this thrift shop full of a gaggle of things: toys, bags, candy, magazines, gadgets – all sorts of stuff. It used to sell comics. I used to just have the ability to pick a problem from the stands. Nowadays the stands only has magazines; not an amusing book in sight. I recall buying a dilemma of the Flash (Infantino/Heck issue) here soon after watching the movie Flash Gordon. My Mom, seeing me with the comic said: “You realize the Flash (Gordon) you saw in the movie isn’t exactly like the Flash in that comic book right? “.Of course, Mom. I always remember buying Starlin’s Warlock from the racks and, maybe because I was coming down with something to start with, I recall I felt dizzy and sick taking a look at the heavily inked panels. The point is, this is one of the stores that filled weaved my comics into my life. I don’t go in the thrift shop anymore. There’s nothing there for me. I simply hand my wife some funds and await her and the kids ahead out. While I’m outside I bypass at that part of the mall and reminisce. There was once an amusing specialty shop on the low level – gone. Another second-hand comic shop on the next floor – gone too; the place is filled with toy shops. On another side of the mall was a location called the Arcade and the very first comic shop I know used to stand there. When it closed others took its place. At its height, the Arcade had a minimum of three comic stores. Now, none. Nada. Nothing. Just eateries and antique furniture shops. The mall where I used to visit get my comics fix had an overall total of zero stores.
It makes me sad, but not for me personally, the town still has comic book shops and I know where they are. It makes me sad for the teenagers who’ll lose out on comics, and the magic that reading comics can bring. Stepping into those issues and collecting them was a highlight of my young years. The children of today have what I didn’t: video gaming, movies on dvd, some other things I don’t know about. I’m almost certain that comics won’t be an addition, because nowadays, you really have to get free from your method to grab a problem or two. Maybe the graphic novels and trade paperbacks in the bookstores can keep the hobby alive. I’m talking here not about the financial part of comics as a company however the pleasure part of comics as a hobby. I’m speaking about reading comics and getting addicted to something absolutely enjoyable.
Like all comics lovers with usage of the Internet I’m an enthusiastic reader of comics sites and comics reviews online. There’s plenty of good and enjoyable material available, but there’s also a substantial level of reviews which can be puzzling to me gudangkomik. I’m speaking about comics reviewers who, I notice, are simply unhappy about anything that they read, or nearly everything. They are readers who set the bar so high that merely a very select couple of comics make their grade. It’s their right to say what they want and I don’t begrudge them that. I’m puzzled, because how come it that nearly everything (but not all) of the comics I’ve read are good or great but exactly the same comics get shot down in the reviews? The solution is, of course, the subjective, deeply personal nature of reviews. But all of this points to an even bigger truth about reading comics: If you read comics in the spirit of fault-finding and with a mindset deadset on criticizing and not really enjoying the work, then you definitely won’t enjoy it. You will discover that fault, you’ll feel derisive of the work, you’ll think you wasted your hard earned money and you may have an altogether terrible experience. Barring some truly terrible comics available ( we all know of a few), you will get in to the read what you bring into it. If you should be open to having a good time, once you learn a little bit of the sheer talent and effort it takes to illustrate, write and edit an amusing book; if you appear for the strengths of the work rather than the weaknesses, you are very likely to have a wonderful read.
Lots of the enjoyment of comics depends on the mindset of the reader rather than the work itself (although, I repeat, there are some truly terrible, gag-worthy comics out there). You’ve to give the medium a chance. Heck, read just like a young kid, and believe, no – know, that you’re going to enjoy it. And you’ll -because you approached the work that way. If you approach it having an eye to performing a negative critique, you’ll find what you’re trying to find, since the flaws exist in most but a really select number of comics.
Right now I’m avidly following an ongoing work, “Demon Knights”, from DC’s New 52; I’m also re-reading an old series from the first 80’s, Roy Thomas'”All-Star Squadron “.The flaws in both works are extremely obvious to me and I can decide to have a perfectly horrid time by concentrating on those flaws. But an alteration of approach on my part has me concentrating on the strengths of the series; a lot more than that, I find myself taking a look at that which was once a flaw as a great eccentricity or quaint part of the work – using this vantage point, comic book reading is pure enjoyment and this hobby is magic. A lot really depends on my way of it.
When I talk about a set, an account arc, a problem or even a graphic novel in Comics Recommended I highlight the facets of the comic I love the most. I would like my readers to feel why this pastime is magic for me personally and why it could be magic for them as well. I make an effort to pass on the joy; life is too short to be a hater.