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Superheroes, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels
« on: July 02, 2019, 03:15:00 pm »
I was wondering if anyone here is a Comic Book fan. I grew up on Comic Books, Marvel, DC, and Others. Mainly a Marvel Fan though. I learned to read from comics, then later to draw a bit also. It seems to me that modern Superheroes are similar to some myths. Superman and Hercules seem to have some things in common. Anyway, I was wondering if Superheroes and related Pop Culture stuff is relevant to anyone else.

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Re: Superheroes, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2019, 03:18:18 pm »
I was wondering if anyone here is a Comic Book fan. I grew up on Comic Books, Marvel, DC, and Others. Mainly a Marvel Fan though. I learned to read from comics, then later to draw a bit also. It seems to me that modern Superheroes are similar to some myths. Superman and Hercules seem to have some things in common. Anyway, I was wondering if Superheroes and related Pop Culture stuff is relevant to anyone else.

Also, I was just looking at Alan Moore's Watchmen again and was wondering if anyone is a fan of any particular comic book author or artist. I grew up on Claremont's X-Men (drawn mostly by Byrne) and also the Avengers, where George Perez was one of my favorite artists.

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Re: Superheroes, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2019, 03:44:44 pm »
I was wondering if anyone here is a Comic Book fan. I grew up on Comic Books, Marvel, DC, and Others. Mainly a Marvel Fan though. I learned to read from comics, then later to draw a bit also. It seems to me that modern Superheroes are similar to some myths. Superman and Hercules seem to have some things in common. Anyway, I was wondering if Superheroes and related Pop Culture stuff is relevant to anyone else.

I actually really struggle to read comic books & etc - something about having different sized panels, and sometimes they don't necessarily go straight left to right (a page wide panel might lead straight down to a set of smaller panels going left to right, then it might go elsewhere...), and stuff.  I'm so used to reading text, also, that I tend to only read the speech bubbles and not look at what's happening in the artwork, then I have to go back over a page and re-read it when I realise I don't know what's going on in the story.

I did make an effort for The Walking Dead comic books, following becoming a huge fan of the TV show (and an existing fan of the zombie genre, already), but that's about it.
"If I get on, Susan thought, it'll all start again.  I'll be out of the light and into the world beyond this one.  I'll fall off the tightrope.
But a voice inside her said, You want to, though...don't you...?
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Re: Superheroes, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2019, 06:46:00 pm »
I actually really struggle to read comic books & etc - something about having different sized panels, and sometimes they don't necessarily go straight left to right (a page wide panel might lead straight down to a set of smaller panels going left to right, then it might go elsewhere...), and stuff.  I'm so used to reading text, also, that I tend to only read the speech bubbles and not look at what's happening in the artwork, then I have to go back over a page and re-read it when I realise I don't know what's going on in the story.

There's a book, Understanding Comics (a rare example of a non-fiction comic book) that does quite a lot of analysis about how comics work and that they really are a different medium than either text or pictures.

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Re: Superheroes, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2019, 07:00:59 pm »
Also, I was just looking at Alan Moore's Watchmen again and was wondering if anyone is a fan of any particular comic book author or artist.

Alan Moore is amazing. I especially like some of the iconic Green Lantern stories he did (Rot Lop Fan!) and the Tom Strong series. I thought Watchmen was brilliant but not exactly light reading. I also like the pieces of Grant Morrison's work that I've been able to read. (Comics are frickin expensive ... thank the gods for public libraries)

On the manga side, I tend to have favorite titles rather than favorite authors, but one exception is Sanami Matoh. Not because of the art style so much as the characterization and dialogue.

And then there are Franco-Belgian comics, which need more attention damnit! I like Asterix and Tintin, which are probably the most familiar to non-French-speaking audiences, and I'm also fond of Lucky Luke. I recently learned of Blake and Mortimer, which seems to be a techno-noir (like a more serious Tintin), but my library doesn't have any so I'll have to wait for my budget to catch up before I can read it.

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Re: Superheroes, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019, 07:40:47 pm »
Alan Moore is amazing. I especially like some of the iconic Green Lantern stories he did (Rot Lop Fan!) and the Tom Strong series. I thought Watchmen was brilliant but not exactly light reading. I also like the pieces of Grant Morrison's work that I've been able to read. (Comics are frickin expensive ... thank the gods for public libraries)

On the manga side, I tend to have favorite titles rather than favorite authors, but one exception is Sanami Matoh. Not because of the art style so much as the characterization and dialogue.

And then there are Franco-Belgian comics, which need more attention damnit! I like Asterix and Tintin, which are probably the most familiar to non-French-speaking audiences, and I'm also fond of Lucky Luke. I recently learned of Blake and Mortimer, which seems to be a techno-noir (like a more serious Tintin), but my library doesn't have any so I'll have to wait for my budget to catch up before I can read it.

Yes, all good stuff. I started reading Moore when I saw his Miracleman/Marvelman stuff back in the day. Then I read Watchmen and I was hooked.

I use to have an extensive collection of comics from my youth, mainly Marvel stuff, that was probably worth hundreds if not thousands of bucks. I lost them in a College move.

Anyway, I agree with you about the Public Library. Comics and graphic novels are so expensive now, I would not read much if it weren't for my local Library. Thanks god for Public Libraries!

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