Let’s Get Started

2 Mar


So, after some long deliberation, I’ve finally decided what I want to be the first true post to Comic Book Newbie. But first, a little bit of news.

I reached out to one of my friends who I know is also into comic books and he helped to hook me up with some buddies of his that actually do professional reviews of comic books. I’m excited to say that they are interested in helping me out with this blog and maybe I can eventually talk them into writing some stuff on here. But, I don’t want to name drop or anything so, we’ll just see where that goes. Now, on with the show.

I really did put a lot of thought into what I wanted to be the first post. Should I start with a comic review? Should I tell you about the New 52 relaunch from DC? Finally, I realized that this blog is meant to be for beginners, and so, I simply decided to go with what I was learning and that is the extreme basics. Where to get comics and which ones to get.

The obvious answer to the question “where do I find comics?” is the comic book store. However, if you’re anything like me, you either have no comic book store close to you or you don’t know where that store is. It’s because of this that I started looking into digital comic books. Now, my day job is as a photographer at a newspaper, so I’ll always support print over digital. But, for the purposes of getting into comic books I honestly think digital is the way to go.

I’ve downloaded onto my phone the apps for the three major publishers: Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. All of these apps are available for both Android and iOS systems and they’re free to download. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can simply read them off of your computer.

Dark Horse is the place to go to find Star Wars comics.

Dark Horse is the place to go to find Star Wars and Hellboy comics.

These apps are really helpful to newcomers in several ways. For one, all of them have a similar system to help guide you through the story line. For example, let’s say you purchase an edition of the Avengers. After you’ve reached the end of your comic you’ll get a prompt telling you what the next book in the series is. I found this to be very helpful. Especially when it comes to reading story arcs, something I’ll address on my next post, where characters tend to criss cross between different titles.

Another good thing about these digital comics is the price. Just doing a quick Amazon search can help give you the idea of prices when it comes to print comic books. You’re looking at prices that range anywhere from 3-5 dollars depending on the character and the availability of the issue.

All that webbing gets expensive.

All that webbing gets expensive.

Alternatively, you’ll be hard pressed to find a digital copy over $2. To me, this is one of the biggest selling points of using digital comics to get started. If for some reason you decide that a character or comic books themselves just aren’t for you you’re out less money. This gives you more freedom to be adventurous with titles and gives you more of a chance to buy multiple titles at a time.

Now, I’ve talked to a couple of friends about digital comics before and they expressed some hesitation about reading digital comics. Obviously, it’s not the same as reading the real thing. But, I have to give the developers of these apps some credit, they make it enjoyable. When on a smart phone or tablet, you’re given the chance to see the entire page, zoom in, and read in “zoomed view”. Zoomed view moves you through the comic one panel at a time, and almost gives the comic a movie quality. Zooming in to writer and artist credits, only to zoom out to reveal a large landscape-panel. To give you an example, here’s a video reviewing an Android comic reader. Warning: That Evanescence song is on this video, so get your mute button ready if you don’t like it. 

So, there ya go. I hope this has been helpful on getting your comic book reading off the ground. Please, let me know what you think of the post and how I can improve them in the future. Until then, let your nerd flag fly!


One Response to “Let’s Get Started”


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