Monday, June 27, 2011

Comic books, me and my son.

I hear people say that comic books as a medium are dying. They aren't but they are changing. The changing over from a print/paper format to internet and electronic copies is a change that is making uncertain many formerly strong companies' futures. But comics are better than they have ever been regarding the art, and for all the talk about bad writers in comics that I've heard on message boards and in person, the writing is more sophisticated and able than nearly any other period of time save perhaps the comic renaissance of the 1980s.

I love comics, and have loved sharing them with my son. He has now twice as many comics as I do, and due to a 4 day project of sorting, he has 450 comics that he is giving away. All throughout the days of sorting he was tired and crabby from working, but by the end he said I love comics, thank you for going through these with me. With every further stash sorted he grew more enthused. We also took in about 75 dollars from Half Price Books from sales of graphic novels and TPBs that we found we either had doubles of , or, that he'd grown out of them. It was a blessing to share with him these moments, and the money from the sales.

There isn't a moral to the story here, if you like comics you get what I am saying, it is the same with any hobby you share with your children or friends. The reward is not only a shared interest, but time together. Comics will never die, but they might well change. I am thankful I have these memories now, and he is already talking about sharing most of his comics with his own kids. Except for his Chuck Dixon box and his Teen Titans box. Those are not going anywhere.

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