One Comic Book for Everyone In My Kingdom

1 May

Comics are a new love for me.

I’ve always wanted to get into reading comic and graphic novels, but deciding where to start is holy overwhelming batman. I mean, there’s honestly 1000’s of different comics, and then once you find a theme you like, you have to wade through all the different spin offs too. If you’re like me and you like to start at the beginning with everything, getting into the genre seems impossible. and time consuming. and the type of thing to send a persons OCD into overdrive.

for example, Wikipedia lists 35 different Spiderman STORYLINES! aaaahhh!!

So thinking about where to start also got me thinking about how this decision process should go (thought-ception). There’s a couple things to keep in mind when choosing your very first comic.

1. What do you like?

OK yes, obvious start. But really think about it. Are you into superheroes? Fantasy? Sci-fi? Preteens and their school day dramas? Well there’s a comic or graphic novel for that! Example: I’ve been watching Once Upon A Time this season (best show EVER) and am really digging the idea of fairy tales characters existing in the real world.

You mean my childhood fantasy of being a pretty pretty princess could still be true?! fweeee!!

Turning to the trusty internet, I found out that there is a comic book series with a similar theme called Fables by Bill Willingham, where fairy tale characters called Fables (if you haven’t picked that up from the title) live amongst humans after being chased away from their homes.

gorgeous cover art!

So think about shows, or themes, or even a specific character out there you are drawn to, and see what’s available.

2. How much time do you have?

Depending on when you want to read them, or how long you have to dedicate to them can determine whether you want a long series, a condensed collection, or graphic novels. If you have a lot of time to read, you can pick a longer series, one with several spin-offs, or a more involved one. Someone on the more casual side might want to start with something with less history. Keep in mind that it’s not only Archie comics you can read in the bathroom!

this would never happen with a paper copy. And think of your house guests!

3. Moneyyyyyyyy!!

There’s a lot of things I like but don’t have because I’m too cheap to buy them. So keep the cost in mind when you choose your first series. If you realize that there’s 20 issues out at 30.00 a pop, you’re signing up for a substantial monetary commitment (unless you abandon it, and never find out who told Ken that Barbie was cheating on him with G.I. Joe after the high school football game).

There’s a few I recommend as starters, depending on what you’re into!

for fantasy lovers: Fables – Bill Willingham (approx. 120 pgs, 15.00 an issue, 17 issues so far)

for superhero fans: Watchmen – Alan Moore (416 pgs, 12.00-20.00, single issue [graphic novel])

for zombie nerds: The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman (approx. 140 pgs, 10.00 an issue, 16 issues so far)

Let us know below what you like, or what you recommend for the newcomers to the genre!

collect ALL the Fables!

Until next time!

CeraTopz (@Cerajoy)

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2 Responses to “One Comic Book for Everyone In My Kingdom”

  1. The Gaming Goddess May 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    When I was a tween and still a geek in training, I found some Elvira comics that my uncle had and I was hooked. I think asking your friends or family members what they read is a great way to not only start out, but find new material that you may not have picked up on your own too.

    • thegeekmates May 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      So true! you can look for yourself on the internet and still not find a hidden treasure a friend of family member would be able to show you! Thanks for the thought Gaming Goddess!

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