Published on April 20th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne's Waistcoat9
When was the last time you bought… a comic book?
When was the last time you bought… a comic book? (The first of a four-part trilogy.)
Ironman. Batman. Superman. Spiderman. Watchmen. Thor. (There are even rumours about Wonder Woman.) They’ve all been adapted for the big screen and chances are that you’ve seen one or two of ’em too. But when was the last time you dropped into your local bookshop, comic store or haberdashery to pick up a comic? And no, getting a new reprint of Watchmen in Eason’s doesn’t count…
But where do you start? Every story is mid-way right now and to catch up you’d have to pick up the last ten issues… But if it’s just a taste you are looking for then why not have a look at the Marvel News site?
It’s a great chance to catch a sneak peak of what some of the best writers in the genre are up to. Such as the next issue of Warren Ellis’ Astonishing X-Men. Or the 600th issue of Amazing Spiderman – with guest writers including Stan Lee and Dan Slott, alongside guest artwork by John Romita JR and Joe Quesada. (I’m spouting names – but these are important ones. Honest.)
And why am I suggesting you pick up a comic book now? There is no better time than in the run up to new film releases – all eyes are on the writers to produce some of their best work while the world watches and waits for the movie. Maybe this is a response to Darren’s cries for help. Though… there is also the chance that I just wanted to put a post up about Free Comic Book Day a few weeks early.
One last thing – if the graphic story world really catches your eye, you might be interested in spending the day with some like minded people to talk about pictures, stories and graphic novels. It might be just up your street*.
*Some travel may be involved. The event will take place in Rathmines – which may, or may not, be right up your street.