It all began years ago. One of our buddies in college was a collector of comic books. Having grown up out of the United States, we weren’t really familiar with the hobby. Our exposure was “limited” to Asterix and Tintin with the occasional war or humor comic loaned from friends. So out of curiosity, we borrowed a couple of comics and were blown away at the art and the sophistication of the stories. They were also serialized which was interesting to us since we didn’t remember waited with baited breath to borrow the next issue of Hot Stuff or Richie Rich to get to the next chapter of a story.
We visited the local comic shop with our pal and a bunch of us that had gotten hooked. Over the first year or so, we collected and read primarily X-Men, Batman, and Daredevil from the mainstream genre, and Grimjack and Rocketeer and the like from the independents. Over the years, our interests have shied mostly away from superhero comics except for Batman and to a lesser degree Daredevil and Punisher (we tend to buy our comics in Omnibus or graphic novel format now since we have no patience in waiting for a month to see the next 20-page outing). We loved Joe Sacco‘s autobiographical work, Bone, David Clowes‘ stuff, American Born Chinese, and other things that tend to surprise us with their freshness and stunning art. We still read some of the stuff we grew up on and occasionally collect older comics like G.I. Combat 87 (the first Haunted Tank!) and some nostalgic stuff from the 1980s like Nexus by Baron and Rude.
As time passed and as the lines between comic books and movies blurred, we were happy to see some of our favorite stories go to the big screen. As both a blessing (movies kept comics viable) and a curse (there’s sure a lot of crap that has flowed into the land of comics from outside influences — most notably the garbage created during the collectible storm generated by the sports card community in the early 1990s). We’ve attended a few Comic-Cons over the last almost 20 years which have been a boatload of fun. We’ve bought and sold comics. We’ve read some great ones and some horrible ones. We’ve collected some good ones and regretted others. But in all, we have really enjoyed our particular entertainment experience.
Having said all that, we started this blog as a comic book junkies haven but we just couldn’t let other pop culture delights like movies and music sit and fester. There’s plenty of that here too. Oh, and as for current events (particularly political), you’ll get some of that too, usually surrounded by a wrapper of sarcasm. We are armchair critics and we like to think of ourselves as some sort of experts on whatever we talk about. Thanks to the Internet, we can, by gum!
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