EDITORIAL: What Got You Into Comics?
Do you remember how was your introduction into the Comic Book World? Then come in and share the story of how you got into this fantastic world with us!
We are all here for basically the same reason, we all enjoy comic books and everything else that falls in or around the same territory. But many of us have different reasons on why and how we became associated with these imaginative illustrated stories.
My story and introduction to comics starts when I was in third grade. My best friend and cousin Bryan Kiefer slapped me on the arm when the teacher told us to pull out something to read and said: "check this out". And handed to me...
I had seen clips and peaks of the iconic characters films thanks to my older brother but never knew such an art form in this manner existed. I couldn't stop staring at the artwork and how graphic the pictures that someone drew were. The only comics I knew of were in the Sunday paper and, frankly, I thought they were lame or had no interest. But the comic above was fresh and exciting! And also told a story through the pictures alone.
AVP was my introduction to this world, but I instantly fell in love with many other titles.
Other titles like Fantastic Four, Robocop vs Terminator, Tales From the Crypt, Captain America etc, were among some of my favorites, and my stash grew until one day a few years down the road I found my love for music and (now) regretfully sold my entire collection to kids in school for practically lunch money.
Art didn't leave me though, I started collecting records and albums just for the art. If I didn't, I would have missed out on some classic albums like:
Yes, even Gwar :)
This led to my career as a full time musician. So in a way, I guess I should thank comics for leading me to my future path and lifestyle.
In My senior year of high school, Bryan was killed in a car accident and his mom had given me his collection of books that he had collected when we were kids. And while looking through everything, that key issue of AVP stared right at me, and was in that magic moment where my love for the books came back. Now, I just turned thirty and I still have that same issue and collect certain titles like Tales From The Crypt and Captain America primarily, and I find myself enjoying them as much as when I was a 3rd grader seeing his first issue. Thank You BK.
Now whats your story? What was your introduction into comics? Key issues? How have comics affected your life?
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