Lately, I’ve been reading a ton of graphic novels and collected volumes of comics.
Part of that was due to working on The Geek’s Guide To Dating (insert obligatory and utterly shameless “pre-order now!” link here). While fussing over the book, I spent a lot of time talking to my comic book loving friends on gchat and via email, as well as hanging around with the guys at Brave New Worlds. All this time spent doing research did a curious thing. It made me want to get into reading comics.
Fast forward a few months and now, every single week, I pop out of the office on Wednesdays before lunch, to pick up a new book at my favorite local shop. I’m joined by a couple of friends at Indy Hall, a coworking space here in Philadelphia. I’ve even managed to drag a few coworkers out now and again. Sup Blair.
Even though I’m not the sort of comic book fan that picks up weeklys (like Adam, Johnny, and Eric from Indy Hall), there’s something about getting together on that one particular day to buy something new that’s exciting. Maybe I’m lucky, getting into comics without knowing all that much, because just about every book I pickup is something entirely new to me. So that enthusiasm that they experience, that rush I see when they run over to the new release shelves, it definitely still rubs off on me a bit.
In recent weeks, I’ve picked up quite a few awesome reads. Highlights include Paying For It by Chester Brown, Hark A Vagrant by Kate Beaton, Double Fine’s Action Comics, and this hilarious Simpsons / Futurama book, The Simpsons & Futurama Crossover Crisis. I also started reading Joe Hill’s excellent Locke & Key series, thanks to a recommendation.
So yeah, even though I’m not picking up weeklys (though that might start happening any day now), New Book Day is quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the week. Its been a fun practice in forcing myself to get a new book every single week. Something I haven’t heard of, something entirely new. And I kinda love it.