The following update is just a small update into one of my hobbies. If you are reading this blog, then you probably are well aware that I am a big comic fan. Some of you may wonder what my story is with comics, how I discovered comics? What comic books do I get? etc…
Well, I decided to take this oppurtunity of free time (3:30am as I type this) to tell you a little bit of my personal comic history. Part of this will be copied over from my Comic Space account, where I have typed part of it already. Obviously the story can’t change too much, so why bother coming up with new details to add? After all, this isn’t a “choose your own adventure” story. I hope you enjoy this little story, obviously you want to read it if you are still here.
I was exposed to comics at a very young age, which is pretty much as far back as I can remember. My mom had bought several VHS tapes of various comic adaptations when I was young, and from what she has told me, I actually worn out a few of the tapes from watching them so much. These tapes included the 1966 Batman movie, which I apparently watched every day. Although that is highly likely as I watched the movie again the other day in quite some time and my mom was able to recite some of the lines from the movie. Another tape I had featured the 1960s Marvel Comics shorts. On that tape I remember a few Spider-Man shorts, along with an Iron Man one. I still have that one around here somewhere. So as you can see, I was exposed to the stuff that only true fans and comic addicts watched over and over :P
Growing up in the 1990s gave me plenty of time to get to know the comic characters well as there were a load of cartoons to watch. Cartoon Network gave me a lot of that exposure, with the early Fantastic Four adventures (coincidentally my favorite super hero team) and SatAM network blocks were full of cartoons from the big 2 comic companies.
I have my grandmother to thank for exposing me to comic books themselves. Back in the mid 90s when Valiant was still around, she got a package of comics from that company and gave them to me. I kick myself nowadays as I threw out those comics, but I still have one in my possession. Even if it isn’t in the best of shape, I don’t plan on getting rid of it as it’ll remain a reminder of how I got into comics. The Harbinger trade is that piece I have left.
My first comic purchase came about 12 years ago at a local auction house. It was Spider-Woman #15 “Death Cult,” from the characters 1970s run. I still have that issue as well, and like the Harbinger trade, is in pretty much the same condition. Throughout the rest of the 90s, I didn’t pick up any other comics and my exposure remained in the various tv series that were on the air at the time.
Back in 2005, I started listening to podcasts and found 2 that rekindled my interest in comics, Collected Comics Library and Golden Age of Comics. Both of these podcasts remain a fixture in my iTunes playlist week after week and I must thank both Chris (CCL) and Bill (GAC) for doing a great job with the podcasts and helping me to regain an interest in comics.
In January 2006, I bought my first comic in 10 years while surfing Amazon. Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra (in trade format) was that purchase. I followed that purchase with an order in February from Midtowncomics.com. This order consisted of the follow-up trade Ultimate Elektra: Devils Due, and I also got started collecting single issues with Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1, and Ms. Marvel #1. I’d love to give you a timeline of the past year and my comic purchases, but I’ll be posting a list of comic series I currently buy at the end of this post.
This past January I made my first purchases outside of the big 2 and haven’t regretted it. I ordered about 10 comics from them in one order, which was basically every Battlestar Galactica comic they had released up to that point.
My comic work with various sites began early last year as Commodore MAC and I decided to work on a website project together. That ended up being SciFiSite.net, which is now SciFiUnited.com. Its been a fun ride so far MAC :) I also do some comic related projects (as I mentioned in a previous update here) at Galactica.com. I’m currently working on posting information based on every BSG comic released.
So that’s pretty much the entire history, without writing a biography hehe. I’m going to make a few lists below on various things like, comic titles I pick up, titles I want to pick up, etc. Some of these lists may wait until I set up a personal web page (that isn’t Survivor Tribe or Comic Serials).
Current Titles I Pick Up:
Justice Society of America (DC)
Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
Classic Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite)
New Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite)
Battlestar Galactica: Zarek (Dynamite)
Current Titles I Plan To Pick Up:
Brave and the Bold
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis
Ultimate Fantastic Four
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
And other titles I can’t think of at the moment.
Hope you enjoyed the read, took me nearly an hour to write. :P