I saw this video the other day titled, “This Is Why We Love Comics” and it really made me think about why I love comics and why comics have lasted for since its creation in 1933.
The video talks about the flip of the pages, the musk of old paper, the newsprint on our fingertips and really conjures in my mind the memory of when I when I was a child and would go through my brothers Batman and Superman comics. I remember the feel of the paper and the smell of the comics especially the really old one. I remember that I loved reading about superheroes, especially the ones with Wonder Woman, the only female superhero that I knew about at that time.
Where I lived comics were really only available in Sunday Funnies and Dagwood, Family Circus and Snoopy were some of my favorites. So, I would grab the funny section first thing on Sundays and read as much as I could, remember there were no internet then and only three television channels so comics were a wonderful treat. Now they are more widely available whether as comics, trade paper backs and even as electronic downloads for you iPad, etc.
Comic fans have also really changed since the 1930’s. At that time fans had their favorite comic book characters and as a child (and sometimes as an adult) you may have pranced around in your Underoos or had your mom’s table cloth as a cape. But, today fans can dress in elaborate costumes and attend conventions as those superheroes. Long gone are the days of me being in my Wonder Woman Underooos now as an adult it is ok for me to dress up as my favorite villain Harley Quinn and go out in public and meet other people who are just as crazy about comics as I am.
The message of comics has changed, whether they are the Sunday funnies, comic books, or graphic novels they aren’t just for kids. Many have evolved from the fun, campy Batman to the Batman that tackles such topics such as war, sexism, violence, crime, drugs, and family. They were propaganda for war and equality throughout history.
Comics are also a great escape from reality, a way to process what is happening in the real world and for me a story to read that revolves around strong female heroes and villains. I can live vicariously through the Birds of Prey or swoon over Nightwing and his escapades. They allow a short respite from the real world and the art is beautiful. It keeps me young and remembering the simple things in life and how not to take life too seriously.
Comics are a great conversation starter and a great way to meet cool people. They are a fandom in which you can be dress like who you really are or who you really wish to be.
Comics are a gift that everyone should experience at one time. So, why do you love comics? Click here to watch “This is Why We Love Comics”