Why I Have an Affinity for Comics

Monday, 24 July 2017

Flashback to 2008. I took my seat to watch Christopher Nolans 'Batman; The Dark Knight' for the twelfth time at the movies - literally. I think that's where it all started, my love for comics and the comic book world.
I loved the exhilaration of seeing a bad guy taken down and defeated (and sometimes thriving!), I loved the thrill of a regular, everyday person standing up for the little guy; sometimes you just need to believe there are people like that in this scary world of ours.

I wanted to learn more. I spent my time delving into to the world of endless possibilities; of impossibly rich tycoons creating suits of power, and ultimately destruction, of time travellers finding their way onto other crazy planets, of people who had been done wrong rising the ranks and doing something about it. This was about the time that the MCU (Marvel cinematic universe) exploded onto our screens and rapidly expanded; and so did my love of all things involved in it.

These days you'll often find me daydreaming in a comic book store (Southampton Comics at the Loft Ladder is my fave), flicking through the issues on offer, painstakingly deciding which ones will come home with me. Or I'll be on my bed, leafing through page after page, absorbing their stories, imagining I might be part of it all, drifting off to worlds unknown and wishing I could stay there just one more minute when reality kicks back in. I'll spend an evening sat on the edge of my seat watching a dramatic story play out in front of my eyes for the millionth time but still relishing every moment.The characters; heroes and villains, their back stories, the adventures, the elaborate costumes. Everything about a comic draws me in.

Theres something about coming across a new character too, it ignites a spark in me and I cant put it out. This happened a lot for me recently when Netflix began producing their own shows for some Marvel favourites; Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. 
I tended to stick with what I knew, the bigger heroes; Spider-Man, Iron Man and the like, but discovering these new people was just exhilarating, a breath of fresh air. I learned there was more to being a hero than wealthy parents or an expensive suit, and I fell in love all over again.

We (Dan and I) started attending comic cons and I learned that there were others like me - lots of them - with a deep passion for adventure and seeing the world through a different set of eyes, and I felt free. We could discuss plot theories and shop merchandise until our hearts were content. We'd dress up (or cosplay) and photograph the pure skill and effort people put into these events. 
I had often thought of comic book readers as lonely - I think there's a kind of stigma around like that, but I was oh-so wrong. This is a welcoming group of people. People who can become friends in a matter of hours and who are accepting, people who will encourage you and lift you up without judging. I think thats what made me love this world even more and I cant wait to attend our next con in October.
Im still relatively new to all of this, and thats whats exciting; there is a never ending amount of stories left for me to discover. Worlds I haven't yet touched and people I haven't yet met.

Whether you love comic books, novels or even home decor books; I encourage you to read. It is such a beautiful form of escapism. You can use your imagination to delve into an unknown place and really explore it. You won't regret it!

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