Did you know that the first Saturday in May is a Nerd-tacular holiday? No, I’m not talking about Star Wars Day which is celebrated every May 4th (“May the fourth be with you!”) which only conveniently lands on the first Saturday this year. I’m talking about FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
I said “free” and “book” in the same sentence so I know I have your attention. What’s holding you back? Is it the word “comic”? Do you have some repressed (or maybe not so repressed) feelings about comic books and those who read them? Enough! Let it go! I’m going to allow Stan “The Man” Lee explain why:
Comics are an art form, like film, television, anything. People who look down on comics, I give them this example: suppose Shakespeare and Leonardo Da Vinci were alive today. Suppose Shakespeare said, “Hey Leonardo, let’s collaborate and do a comic book.” And Leonardo painted it and Shakespeare wrote it. Would anybody say, “Eh, it’s just a comic.” It really depends on who’s doing it and how it’s done. You can’t condemn the medium. There could be comics that are masterpieces, some that are a waste of time. But that goes for every other form of the media.
Perhaps you only have one view of what comic books are. Maybe you see the blockbuster movies released each summer (the hours can’t pass fast enough until I get to see Iron Man 3 tonight!) and you’re thinking, Superheros are for movies, not for my reading. Or maybe you don’t even like the movies…. (really?) Anyway, the point is, just as there are a myriad of genres in the “regular” writing world, there are tons of different kinds of comics and graphic novels out there for you! You just need to find the right one for you….