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How to Enjoy Comics: You’re the Boss

Written by john lewis Welcome to the very first edition of How to Enjoy Comics. Comic book fans have always been stereotyped as devoted, bordering on addicted, people who focus way too much on the details and it is the duty of myself and How to Enjoy Comics to fix the problem (and it helps with [...]

Uncle SamWritten by john lewis

Welcome to the very first edition of How to Enjoy Comics. Comic book fans have always been stereotyped as devoted, bordering on addicted, people who focus way too much on the details and it is the duty of myself and How to Enjoy Comics to fix the problem (and it helps with my ego problems).

To start it off, I want to focus on the most important rule of enjoying comics: you’re the effn’ boss. Marvel, DC, Image, and all the rest of those comic book companies ain’t the boss. You, the reader, are. You get to dictate what’s what with your money so if you don’t like something, stop buying it. Now personally, if a comic book is not ready to bend over backwards and lick my toes clean with goodness I don’t read it. If that’s a bit too graphic or you’re enjoying the thought of my feet getting licked (pervert) than it’s as simple as this: if you do not want to recommend it to one of your fellow comic book fans/ friends, than you shouldn’t be reading it. Why save them the pain yet endure it yourself? For a measly complete run of Uncanny X-Men? Screw that. You tell those lazy bums at Marvel that you’re walking. You got better stuff to buy (like my folkish Celtic ukulele CD).

Uncle Sam's FingerAlso, you don’t have to accept something bad happening to one of your favorite characters. A good writer can fix anything (as evidenced by Bucky’s return in Captain America) and now since deaths and returns from the grave happen in almost each issue out there, nothing really stays the same for long. So it may be only a couple of months before a writer changes a character back to the way you want. It’s nothing to really worry about.

Lastly, don’t guilt-ridden yourself. “I want love DC again but…“. No, don’t feed yourself that crap because that makes you a non firm boss. Be strict. Show those bastards who pissed over your comics and shat in your shoes that you mean business and aren’t going to buy any of their crap until they change and start giving you massages too for challenging your power.

You are the consumer. It’s your job to not buy (which to the companies is the same as support) crap. It’s bad for the industry and especially bad for you. Buy only the best of the best and save the rest for others.

Hype
Real briefly I want to get into this little subject as it deals with the subject of this article yet deserves its own article but you cannot let the companies fool you with it. It’s hype. Its job is to treat each and every comic book as the most amazing thing ever. It’s an advertiser’s best friend and the consumer’s worst enemy. Don’t become prey to it.

To discuss.


Posted originally: 2007-03-07 19:05:48
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