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Rediscovering The Joys Of Comics

July 17, 2009 By: Geek Category: Comics, culture

514T09J015L. SL160  Rediscovering The Joys Of ComicsIt is a strange thing that happens to geeks every few years. You can love something to death at one point of your life and then find it incredibly passe the next. Take comics, for example. I was a child that loved comics more than anything. Teenagedom found me collecting and enjoying countless titles from right across the industry, and my twenties found me becoming a more discerning reader who was edging more towards humour titles and the odd superhero title. Now, at thirty I’m rediscovering what was special about comic books and graphic novels in the first place.

51GkqG8uGVL. SL160  Rediscovering The Joys Of ComicsThere are some awesome works of fiction being released right now, and the greats of the industry are getting the recognition they deserve. Preacher, Y The Last Man, Sin City, Watchmen et al are now seen as genuine works of intelligent, gripping fiction instead of just men in tights making POW noises. This is a good thing, and it does kinda make you proud to be one of the chosen few who have loved these things for years.

I guess the period I missed out on comics went hand in hand with a period where the comics industry seemed to be floundering and not quite sure of what it wanted to do with itself. That was a weird period, which was only alleviated when the comics movies started coming out and doing good business. That first X-Men film, for all its faults, helped kick-start the heart of the comics scene and get it back to basics.

51rCUC8vldL. SL160  Rediscovering The Joys Of ComicsGranted, there are still franchises that are trying to claw their way back to the realms of understandable storylines (the X-men titles, for example), but the comics industry is definitely back where it should be. Yeah, the stigma is still there, but less so than before. It’s cool to like comics now, and people are having graphic novels in their houses as coffee table books. Quite right too.

There is the worry that all of this is a passing phase, that people will tire of wearing comics t-shirts and underwear, get bored of their printed fixes and turn their backs on the industry again, but for now things are better than they have been in years. Remember the days of die-cut foil covers and so on? Yeesh. Nasty. Here’s hoping the trend becomes something tangible and long lasting. There’s a hell of a lot of good material out there to enjoy from publishers large and small. Check it out.