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Day #36: Why Comics?


#36: Why Comics?

This is a really great question. I mean why comics? Why do I even like comics? Think about this. You pay $2.99-$4.99 for something you read for maybe ten minutes, most likely will never look at again, and will probably go down in value. If you bought a graphic novel for $22, you could instead buy a movie for $15, which would entertain you for over two hours, and you could experience it with multiple people at the same time. But I fucking love comics. I think it has to do with some of the crazy stories. A lot of stories exist in comics that would never get made on television or movies. I can understand why someone might not read a ton of comics due to money. I don’t even think about the money; I just love it. I don’t know the first movie I watched, or sports game I saw, but I can remember the first comics I bought and the smell in the air. I know I sound like I’m crazy, but comics do have a smell and they smell good. I think I started writing comics because I like them and thought it would be easy. I wouldn’t call it easy by any means, but it did turn out to be really fun. For almost every comic in my collection, I can tell you what store or con I was at and how much I paid for it. “Comics are words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures”-Harvey Pekar. I need to take this time to talk about some brilliant comics; well, at least list them: Maus, Saga, The Boys, Nemesis, and The Coffin. My mind is all over the place tonight especially, I have to admit. We spent the day shopping at an outlet mall and other places, but I am taking a how to pitch comics class online and waiting to hear back on some other comic news, and I just can’t keep anything straight in my head. This stuff doesn’t happen over night, so I have to be patient. Along with being patient, I have to keep moving forward and getting better. We had a really fun day today, meeting up with a good friend for lunch and roaming around some different places. Man, I keep thinking to myself, this kind of book will suck I hope it doesn’t. I’m trying I promise.

Everyday I will be posting an entry in my writing challenge 100 Days which has been collected into a print collection. If you are interested in purchasing a print collection:

Kayla and I have also started a weekly podcast. You can check it out here: It's called In the Bed with Austin and Kayla because we literally record it as we lay in bed!

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