Breaking into Comics
About two years ago, I was a 17-year-old dude who had an obsession with superheroes but no comic book knowledge to back it up. That obsession (verging on unhealthy) led me to take my first steps into a comic book store and pick up Wolverine: Old Man Logan a comic about an alternate future where Wolverine is the last hero in a world run by supervillains. As I was turning through the brightly colored pages I learned something really cool about comics.I learned comics are a medium where amazing self-contained stories can unfold, while there are entire ongoing universes with years of continuity to back them up, with beautiful art, mind numbing plots, intense action, well-developed characters, and the nerd-dial turned up to 11. School should teach that lesson.
Naturally, I finished Old Man Logan, so I had to begin the search of something new to satisfy the hunger. That’s when I saw them. The first few books in the Scott Pilgrim series. I had known about Scott Pilgrim well before I got into comics but after a while I just forgot and they were lost in the outer reaches of “mah brain.” Though, when I saw those books sitting there on the shelf, something in me clicked and I knew there was no turning back to semi-normalness. By now, everyone knows about the movie, but what a lot of people never realized was that the movie came from an awesome six part graphic novel series chock-full of pop culture references, sprinkled with romance, curb-stomped with hilariousness (what am I saying), layered with awesome character development, and all shoved into a cute manga art style. It was, in my humble opinion, perfect, and to this day it’s still my favorite series of all time.
After a few months of coming into my local comic shop, I managed to actually snag a position there, and trust me, it was awesome-sauce. I learned so much about comics and the comic industry itself in the short time that I worked there, but sadly I had to move on at some point. It was only after many more months I was asked to write about comics and games for this site. I had recently developed a love for writing and I had more than my fair share of comic-knowledge to drop on people’s heads, so it fit perfectly.
That was my story, but the question is, how do you start your own? Luckily me and the comic book industry are on your side. Ya see, each different publisher goes through great lengths to make sure there is an easy way for you to start reading the content they publish. For DC Comics it’s the entire relaunch of all of their comic books, for Marvel Comics its their “Ultimate Universe” which is a modernized retelling of all of your favorite heroes, and as for Image Comics they are always releasing brand new series able to suit anyone’s interests, not to mention between Marvel and DC there are hundreds of self-contained stories to read that you don’t need any previous knowledge to jump in on (like Wolverine: Old Man Logan).
It’s really that easy to start reading about all of your favorite superheroes and even discover some new ones. How did you break into comics? Do you want to break into comics but never had the chance? Tell us in the COMMENTS section below and if you dig the content we put out push the LIKE button on the left hand side of the site. Thanks for reading.