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    July 19, 2008 2:29 pm

    Welcome, welcome, welcome!  It is nice to hear of your experiences and I am looking forward to reading your articles.


    I tried to remember, and I can't think of who it is that I wanted to be when I was younger.  I used to say it was Heather Thomas so I could hang out with Lee Majors and be a Billy Badass all the time, but after having watched some episodes of The Fall Guy on Hulu, I am not so sure I want to admit that anymore. I will say this though, I didn't really like all that princess girly junk either.  I was just talking to my parents the other day about the fact that I was more likely to be running around the house singing Jim Croce songs or reading books with a flashlight all night in my tent bed (it was a tent that you put on top of your bed, thank you 80's).  That all doesn't really have anything to do with comics, but thank you very much for the trip down memory lane anyway.

    July 10, 2008 2:47 am Congrats all around.
    July 1, 2008 11:10 pm Oh, and great article Jimski!
    July 1, 2008 11:09 pm This reminds me of some punk magazines I saw circulating around back in high school.  There is something to be said about that DIY patina self-published works posess.
    July 1, 2008 10:37 pm When I first started reading comics continuity was intimidating.  In fact, for me it was the single most intimidating factor, even more intimidating than walking into the LCS and dealing with that stigma.  I didn’t have anyone to guide me or to recommend decent starting points, but what I did have was this respect for the efforts put forth by the writers and for the years of work spent laying down a history. I didn’t want to ruin any sort of continuity that was already in place.  

    If I was just starting out on my comic adventure I am not sure if the current state of affairs, so aptly described by Paul, would make me recklessly jump in with nary a second glance, or if it would be even more intimidating.  I can’t help but to wonder what it looks like from the outside.
    June 26, 2008 5:50 pm Like Dave and Blair and I always try to say: coffee makes the world go 'round!  It is great that you had that opportunity above and beyond the scope of the con to chat with some of the industry greats.
    June 26, 2008 1:53 pm My first exposure to Superman was at the movies (I didn’t read comics as a child).  Even though the first film came out the same year I was born, I remember watching them as a kid and thinking that Superman was a constant.  Not only is that important when you are a child, to have constants and therefore stability, but the image was so powerful that it stayed with me through adulthood.  For some that makes his character boring, but for me it calls back that sense of stability and security.  

    Because I view Superman as a constant, I have relegated him to the background.  What I mean is, I don’t actually have a strong opinion about his character either way.  I just have a basic acceptance and that is it.  That is where I last left Superman so many years ago, and I had no intention of ever changing because I didn’t see the need to.  After reading your article I think that I may have overlooked him, and I plan on seeking out more Superman to see if the character warrants a more active role in the pantheon of my opinions.
    June 15, 2008 5:27 pm @ohcaroline It is funny how something that is seemingly harmless, such as buying comics, can look so different depending on your point of view.
    June 15, 2008 12:29 am

    It is interesting to hear everyone's ideas or stories on "How to get Her to Read Comics".  This topic is something that I really don't have an idea on how to help people accomplish.  There is no sagely feminine advice here (thanks to ohcaroline for helping to take care of that).  I found comics on my own- I love to read and I love art, so it was just kind of natural for me.  I did not discover a liking for comics via a boyfriend's guidance.  In fact, I vaguely remember an ex responding to my questions about them with a vague statement that they were for guys and not girls so I didn't need to know.  Oddly, that was his response for a lot of things, and one of the reasons why we are not still together.

    I suppose that I could look at it from the viewpoint of trying to get my boyfriend into comics, but for some reason it seems like it would be easier.  With a nod to the equality issue, I know that is not really fair to think.  The truth is that until I encounter this situation I am not sure how I would get someone into comics, and what works for one person might not work for the other.