Friday, August 30, 2013

Talkin' Comics Part Deux: LGBT Characters

I have reviewed some awesome comics on this blog over the past few months. Two of them have had LGBT characters (i.e. Young Avengers and Batwoman). Representation is important. You want to read about characters that you have something in common with and that connection makes them memorable.

I found this video today with two people who have way more knowledge on LGBT characters in comics than I do. Their enthusiasm and hope for the future of mainstream comics is so awesome to see. I learned a lot from watching this video and I hope you will too.

Unfortunately, this video only focuses on superhero comics. It also does not give many suggestions for comics outside what the two hosts discuss. Despite these two points, I think the video is important because it communicates a lot about the changes that mainstream comics are going through and the difficulties they are facing. They don't cover everything but this video is still a great introduction to the topic.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Night Time Smoke

 Saga written by  Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples: Despite a never ending war, two soldiers fighting on opposite sides meet and fall in love.  Unfortunately, the rest of the galaxy isn't happy for them.

I have been wanting to pick up this comic for ages because of all the hype surrounding it.  I was also a little wary of it for that same reason so I did not read it until the library got volume one.

I read volume one in a night, returned it to the library and then promptly went out and bought volume one and two.  Safe to say it lives up to the hype.  Every little bit of it.

This series is funny, heartbreaking, scary and at its core, about family.  Not conventional families but about people coming together and finding reasons to stay and really care about one another. 

The characters are also a major draw for this comic because the ones we meet often are so incredible.  A lot of the time, I pick up one character and love them.  Saga sort of changed that because I am interested in so many of them and their stories, even the ones I am supposed to dislike.  

However, I recommend this comic to individuals over the age of 18 because there are a lot of mature themes in this comic not suitable for anyone below that age.  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Talkin' Comics

I know most of you come to this blog seeking information on young adult novels but my greatest hope is that you leave this tiny spot in the web universe with ideas of something new to read.  This means branching out and discovering things you never even thought about reading.

I've been talking a lot about comic books the last few months  and some of you may be feeling slightly interested but completely lost and intimidated.

Where do you start when you've never read comics before? I'm about to answer that question with a well timed video.

Amy Dallen has made this incredibly insightful video about "where to begin" with comics and it is seriously helpful.  I wish this video had been around when I had started reading comics. Check it out and don't be afraid to dive into something new.

UPDATE: A reading list for some Marvel characters featured in the films and show: Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Agent Carter, Daredevil, the Avengers team, etc.