The fantastic world of comic books, something I’ll write about just to get used to a new keyboard… Get me self one of them gaming keyboards with semi-clicky keys and I’m used to typing on laptops. Anyway I got this idea about writing about comic books because of a couple of reasons and I’ll try to get them all in text and I’ll try to list the best comic books (TPB and Graphic novels) I’ve read.
Well, I got
into reading comic books at a very early age. One of my best friends at the
time had an older brother that used to buy comics and he kind of put them off
for us to read and I was amazed by the adventures of Superman, Spider-Man,
Batman, Green lantern and all of the other cool characters within those pages. Later
on my dad started buying comic books for me a couple of times a month (in Sweden
comic books were released once a month) and man oh man did those comic books
open up worlds of excitement, horror and fantasy for a kid. The same kid who
later on in life started doing art because of and inspired by what he read as a
kid. Sometimes I miss those important discussions about who were the strongest,
fastest, coolest of them all.
reason to writing this is that comic books took me through my youth as an
outsider and sometimes bullied kid. I was no athlete in my early years, hell I was
the class nerd who rather stayed home programming on my Commodore 64, playing
games or some other nerdy stuff. When I had a bad day I knew I could get some
comfort escaping to the worlds of comic books. I’ve noticed a couple of month
ago when my dad was ill that comic books still give me that comfort as they did
more than three decades ago. My dad were rushed to the hospital being very sick
and the doctors couldn’t find out what was wrong with him coming and going in
and out of consciousness the entire first night in the intensive care unit. I
couldn’t do much for him besides just sitting by his side, holding his hand and
comfort him like he did for me when I was scared or sad as a kid. During this
night I was stressed out and during the episodes where he went out of consciousness
I picked up my tablet and started reading comic books. I don’t know how many
issues of Spider-man I read that night but what I do know is that reading about
Peter Parker and Spider-man that night kept me calm and at ease so I could be
the best son I could be for the best dad in the world. My dad survived about
eight weeks before he’s heart couldn’t cope anymore and he passed away late one
night in early august… Guess what I did while sitting beside his bed holding
his hand the last night of his life? I kept calm by reading comic books and that
helped me be a rock for my mom to lean against. Today three month later I think
of my dad and all the fun we had, all things he taught me about carpentry, being
a good man and taking responsibility of my own actions. I’m so happy he got the
chance to see how great my life turned out, getting a new job, finding the most
wonderful girlfriend and beating depression before he passed away. The best talk
I had with him was when he let me talk about my life and explaining that
because of him I could beat alcohol addiction before it got it’s evil claws in
me for good.
The second reason for writing about comic books is that without them I would never have started drawing, I can’t still draw (good) but it got me into photography and later digital art. Reading comic books is awesome for creativity. I’ve recently got into 3D Modelling in Blender 3D and because of that I’m on the road of science fiction and I’ve noticed that what I’m doing is more and more inspired by the comics and books I read 35 years ago. I went all in on superheroes and later on as I grew older I started to read comic books about science fiction and later on books about science fiction and UFOs. All this means a lot to me but the best thing about comic books is that without comic books I wouldn’t have discovered cool shit like Star wars and horror. For some strange reason movies were banned of heavily cut in Sweden during the 80’s comic books were left alone by censorship it wasn’t until the 90’s they stopped censoring movies and everything were released uncut and we moviegeeks had the times of our lifes watching Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday 13th , Texas chainsaw massacre and a lot of other movies as the were intended to be watched. So in a lot less words, comic books is great for building creativity and imagination in kids.
The third is
that it’s a great entry to the world of books. Lets just face it, reading book is
good and fun. I used to hate books when I was a kid, I got books for every birthday
and hated them because without pictures they were so boring without pictures
but the got me into reading at an early age and because of that I hade language
skills beyond what a kid my age should have had. Today I love reading books (sci-fi
and horror) and I’ve even started writing a book about my almost two decades
working on different callcenters.
final fourth reason is that you can learn a lot from comic books, if you think
about it. Through comic books I’ve learned how to build character, the
importance of using personal strength to take care of others and the importance
of being a good man. That is something more people should learn today I belive,
it’s like we forgot how to think about our fellow man these days and to many
modern tv-series makes criminals the heroes like for instance in series like
Breaking bad, Sons of anarchy and other crappy series. Reading about Superman
using his strength to help others, reading about Peter Parker fighting his
personal problems being a kid and Spider-man and all the other heroes helped
forming the person I became as an adult.
So, time to
put an end to this post and start talking about my favourite go to comic books,
trade paper backs and graphic novels.
1 – The life
and times of Scrooge McDuck, this is the most fun I’ve had reading a comic book
in years. It’s something that’ll work for both kids and adults with fantastic
artwork by the amazing Don Rosa.
Watchmen, there’s not much to say about this besides fuck them series and skip
the movie and read the comic instead… It’s just so much better!
3 – Star wars
dark empire. It’s no secret that I don’t like the prequels and that I’m not a
fan of the sequels. Dark empire is a fantastic end to the original trilogy and
it’s so stupid of Disney not to make the dark empire into the final trilogy of
the Skywalker saga.
4 – Batman the
killing joke. This is gritty and raw as hell beginning with the joker shooting Gordons
daughter and ending with Batman almost being as crazy as the Joker.
5 – Frank Millers
Dark Knight returns. If you don’t for some strange reason don’t like reading
comics watch the animated movies instead. This is the reason I fell in love with
the works of Frank Miller. This is super dark, the artwork is spot on and nothing
short of amazing.
6 – Camelot
3000, I’ve always loved the Arthurian stories and this takes all that into the
future in the most amazing way. Artwork isn’t the best and very 80’s-ish but
the story is amazing and it’s a very fun take on the legends of King Arthur and
the knights of the round table.
7 – The Crow,
dark and beautiful with amazing art and fantastic story just like the movie.
much more to recommend like Spawn, Judge Dredd, Sin City and a lot more to sink
your teeth into. It’s sad that comic books are a dying form of media these days
(at least in Sweden) or being replaced by crapy toys in platic bags (in Sweden)
but in the same time it’s so much fun these days going to the movies to watch
the old superheroes that shaped me into who I am coming to life on the big screen.
It’s a sad and amazing time we live in being a nerd.