Some weekends ago I found myself in among the older malls in the city. I’ve been going to the mall since I counted my age in single digits, its been refurbished and rebuilt many times but I can still start to see the shadow of the old mall when I look at it. My family goes to the thrift shop full of a gaggle of things: toys, bags, candy, magazines, gadgets – a number of stuff. It used to market comics. I used to just manage to pick a problem from the stands. Today the stands only has magazines; not an amusing book in sight. I remember buying a dilemma of the Flash (Infantino/Heck issue) here right after watching the movie Flash Gordon. My Mom, seeing me with the comic said: “You know the Flash (Gordon) you saw in the movie isn’t exactly like the Flash for the reason that comic book right? “.Of course, Mom. I also remember buying Starlin’s Warlock from the racks and, maybe because I was decreasing with something to start with, I remember I felt dizzy and sick taking a look at the heavily inked panels. The purpose is, this was among 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 recently hand my partner some funds and wait for her and the children to come out. While I’m outside I bypass at that the main mall and reminisce. There was previously an amusing specialty shop on the low level – gone. Another second hand comic shop on the next floor – gone too; the spot is set with toy shops. On another side of the mall was a place called the Arcade and the initial comic shop I understand used to stand there. When it closed others took its place. At its height, the Arcade had no less than 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 a total of zero stores.
It makes me sad, however, not for me personally, the town still has comic book shops and I understand where they are. It makes me sad for all the young adults who will miss out on comics, and the magic that reading comics can bring. Engaging in those issues and collecting them was a highlight of my young years. The children of today have what I didn’t: game titles, movies on dvd, some other stuff I don’t know about. I’m almost sure that comics won’t be a choice, because these days, you need to get free from your solution to grab a problem or two. Maybe the graphic novels and trade paperbacks in the bookstores will keep the hobby alive. I’m talking here not about the financial facet of comics as a business however the pleasure facet of comics as a hobby. I’m referring to reading comics and getting addicted to something absolutely enjoyable.
Like all comics lovers with access to the Internet I’m an avid reader of comics sites and comics reviews online. There’s lots of good and enjoyable material on the market, but there are also an amazing amount of reviews which are puzzling to me gudangkomik. I’m referring to comics reviewers who, I notice, are merely unhappy about anything they read, or nearly everything. They’re readers who set the bar so high that merely a very select couple of comics make their grade. It’s their right to express what they need and I don’t begrudge them that. I’m puzzled, because why is 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 clear answer is, needless to say, the subjective, deeply personal nature of reviews. But all this points to a level bigger truth about reading comics: If you read comics in the spirit of fault-finding and with a mindset deadset on criticizing and not enjoying the task, you then won’t enjoy it. You will discover that fault, you will feel derisive of the task, you will think you wasted your money and you could have an altogether terrible experience. Barring some truly terrible comics on the market ( all of us know of a few), you can get into the read what you bring into it. If you’re open to presenting a great time, if you know a bit of the sheer talent and hard work it requires to illustrate, write and edit an amusing book; if you appear for the strengths of the task rather than the weaknesses, you are more than likely to have a wonderful read.
A lot of the enjoyment of comics depends upon the mindset of the reader rather than the work itself (although, I repeat, there are several truly terrible, gag-worthy comics out there). You have to give the medium a chance. Heck, read like a young kid, and believe, no – know, that you’re going to savor it. And you will -because you approached the task that way. If you approach it by having an eye to performing a negative critique, you will discover what you’re looking for, as the flaws are there in every but an extremely select band of comics.
Today I’m avidly following a continuous 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 very obvious in my experience and I can decide to have a perfectly horrid time by emphasizing those flaws. But an alteration of approach on my part has me emphasizing the strengths of the series; more than that, I find myself taking a look at the thing that was once a catch as a wonderful eccentricity or quaint facet of the task – out of this vantage point, comic book reading is pure enjoyment and this hobby is magic. A lot really depends upon my approach to it.
When I discuss a set, an account arc, a problem or perhaps a graphic novel in Comics Recommended I highlight the aspects of the comic I love the most. I’d like my readers to feel why this pastime is magic for me personally and why it may be magic for them as well. I try to give the joy; life is too short to be a hater.