Elana of Room 334 recently did a blog post about her pop culture loves and I was pretty inspired by her mention of Saga (a fantastic comic). I thought that I'd like to share with you some of the comics I'm reading.
When I was a teenager I fell in love with X-men after the first movie came out. (And yes Hugh Jackman had a lot to do with) However, after that I collected many X-men issues right up until I went to university. Then it was hard to keep up with it without the regular subscription. I didn't give up on comics though. I just started buying them from bookshops: in the full volumes. And of course, reading them in libraries. I was gathering collected volumes of Sandman and Fables and Lucifer, which still have pride of place on my shelf.
But then I moved again, to a place with a comic shop. I started getting back into single issues - the comics on the wide display shelves, the random series' to experiment with, one bit of the story every month. It's sometimes frustrating reading the story like that. The issues get battered more than a hard cover, the story is over too soon, they take up more space on the shelves, and worst of all - sometimes I miss an issue. The comics I like to collect just happen to be very popular (I have great taste obviously) which means they sell out fast. But all the same I love the joy of coming in and being handed my paper bag of comics. I love feeling like there's something to get every time. The whole collecting single issues thing makes me feel part of a community. So here's a whiz tour of my top comics at the moment:
Nimona which is a brilliant webcomic - about a supervillain and his shape-shifting side-kick Nimona, taking on the darker-than-expected protectors of the kingdom, but it's also about friendship.
Lumberjanes' is her leaving the web and getting a physical comic out there in the shops. I love Nimona to bits so when she announced this, I got my pre-orders sorted. The Lumberjanes' motto 'friendship to the max' takes her brilliant characterisations to the next level with a group of young girls at a summer camp, taking on yetis, hidden traps and wolves with ingenuity and kick-ass attitudes. It's empowering beautiful stuff. It's also only 3 issues in, so still time to get in early!