Comics, Comics, Comics!

Book Reviews

Lately I’ve been getting really into comic books, like the ones that get released once a month that I pick up from the comic book store right down the street from me. Seriously, living close to a comic book store is the best thing ever!! Anyways, I wanted a talk a bit about my new found love of comic books! I’ve read online comics for quite a while and supported them on Kickstarter when they printed hard copies of their comics (aka Munchies, Ava’s Demon, and Monster Pop!) Also, since I just talked about cartoons yesterday, the next step is obviously comics!
Comics I’m currently reading:
Lady Killer 
Bee and Puppycat 
Lumberjanes
Bitch Planet
Ava’s Demon (online)
Monster Pop (online)


Comics I want to read:
Cucumber Quest (online + books)
Steven Universe
The Summer
In Real Life
I feel like I have to make a distinction between comic books and manga. While they are in some ways very similar, they are also very different. Manga is from Japan, and it’s created in Japanese, then translated to English. Sometimes I struggle wanted to list graphic novels as well, which In Real Life is sorta a graphic novel? It gets confusing trying to make distinctions. I try to sort them into: what I’d count as a book on Goodreads and what I wouldn’t. I count manga and heavy graphic novel/comics like In Real Life as books, but I wouldn’t count my single issue comics like Lumberjanes or Lady Killer. 
On another note, I still haven’t read any of the mainstream super hero comics, I just don’t know, they’ve never caught my eye like the indie ones have I guess. 
Do you read comics? Are they any comics that you love? Do you consider graphic novels to be books? I’m curious!

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Kay

    I do consider trades and graphics novels to be part of my Goodreads count, but not individual issues. But this isn't too hard for me as I very rarely read single issues. I don't live close to comic shop, so I pretty much always wait for the trades to come out, so I can order them and read them a volume at a time! Right now, I'm still fully in love with Saga, and my brother just loaned me TONS of volumes of Fables which I'm really excited to dig into!

  • I've never really read comics, but I think they can be books in their own right! Honestly, if 50 Shades can be a book, the artistry and storylines that go into graphic novels DEFINITELY makes them books! haha

    acupoftay.com

  • That's one thing I always struggle with – how to count comics on Goodreads, haha. I tend to not count single issues, but if it's a trade paperback I will (even though technically. it's a bunch of single issues combined). Manga and comic books feel SO different to me, but I suppose from a general standpoint they're not.

    I got more into "mainstream" comics, (though, Lumberjanes, too!) so there are quite a few on your list I want to check out. I would say that if you want to get into more superhero-y comics, either find a superhero you already like and perhaps jump into the new 52 run of their story, or generally speaking, Batgirl and beginning of the new 52 Batwoman are/was really good, and possibly up your alley!

  • I started Fables, but lost track of the single issues and totally fell off that boat! I'm loving Lumberjanes though and most recently Lady Killer, they are so good! I love comics with female leads, I guess!

  • Exactly!! Most comic books have more plot that 50 Shades!!

  • Manga and comics feel so different to me too! I guess that's just because I've spent so much time reading them first, that now that I'm reading comics, they just don't feel the same at all!
    I was considering reading Batgirl! I feel like I have seen a lot of good things about it from Tumblr, so I don't think I'd be disappointed!

  • I used to read manga but I just kinda stopped reading them when I was in high school. I don't know why. But right now I'm really into Marvel and started reading three series; all of which are superheroines: Black Widow, Ms Marvel, and (Lady) Thor 🙂

    Dara | Hola Darla | @DarlaOct

  • I've lately become interested in them but there's so much that it's overwhelming to know where to start

  • I've heard great things about Lumberjanes and really want to start reading it!
    ~Sara

  • I love that super heroines are coming back into style! I love Black Widow! I should really check those out!!

  • Exactly!! Especially the ones that are on 10+ issues, I feel like there is so much that I can't catch up too well!

  • It's so adorable! I love it!

  • I love hearing about the stories of the superhero ones but the ones I have read have been pretty repetitive, e.g. bad guys escape prison and attack world and then superheroes fight for pages and pages and save the world until next time. I probably just haven't started back far enough in any of the series.

    But I do love indie comics. Two I really enjoy are Hoax Hunters and Haunted, but I am super behind on both!

  • I kinda feel the same way about the Super Hero comics!

    Oh! I'll have to check those two out!