Capes and Cowls Blog: Take my money! Why do I buy comics?

Not to long ago, my adult nephew asked me about getting back into the comic book reading realm.  Sounds great to me, as he’s basically carrying on the comic book tradition in the family.  What made it even more of surprising, is what he asked next: What book should I start off with?  I really hesitated because I didn’t know what he liked.  So I told him to think about what interest him and go with that. It did get me thinking about comics and what makes them interesting enough for me to put down my hard earned money.  There’s several reasons why but I decided on top 3.  So…in reverse order..

3.  Artists/Writers: I like to take chances at times on a comic if I like a new book based on the artwork.  Cover pages are a plus, too because, of course that’s what draws on my curiosity.  I took a chance on the Kato comic book a while ago and I was pleasantly surprised by the results (good story and art).  Overall, I do go back to my favorite artists or writers that may be either working on my current book I’m reading starting on another one that I’ve never read before.  I like to expand my horizons. For me, a good story beats good art if you can’t get both.

2. Price:  This is one that I was thinking on going up to one because it makes sense to me.  I do love Marvel, DC and other companies, but with the prices going up, I had to shave off some really good books that I gave a chance to read out of my budget.  I get that the prices go up but price does make a difference. If I can find a great book that I’m really interested in buying, I would bypass the price once in a while.  The price does matter to me in the long run, however, and if I can find several books for a good price, the better.

1. Interest in the character(s):  Nothing makes me want to buy a comic more than seeing what lies ahead for the characters involved.  Whether hearing about it on social media or the comic book store, Story driven characters have always been the best part of buying them.  I like to see what happens to the good guys and the bad, always hoping that the story continues and looking forward to the end of the stories.  These inspired me to create my own characters and stories for my web comics and i’m grateful for it.

Be blessed.

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The Learning Curve: Top comic book movie rules

Just thinking about this yesterday at home but since there are rules to horror movies, like never go investigate a weird noise by yourself, there should also be some for comic book movies.  These are only for the good guys right now.  I can think of some that come to mind but my first couple:

  1.  Wait for the bad guy to monologue, then beat them down.  It happens alot in the comic book movies and all you have to do if you’re a good guy is wait on them to start revealing their “master plan” then crush them afterwards.  Doesn’t fail that much.
  2. STOP TELLING EVERYONE YOUR SECRET IDENTITY.  If you’ve chosen to hide your identity to keep love ones safe, then fine. But to just go all out and tell people who you are for no reason, like to civilians (looking at you, Arrow and Flash), then what was the point? If they figure it out, that’s one thing (unless you deny that fact) but what I’ve seen over the past few years has been crazy.  There are some people you can trust, I get it but please show some discretion.

These are the ones that I wanted to publish that first came to mind, so drop some more on the comment section if you thing of any more to add. Thanks.

Be blessed.