Because that last item was a little gloomy, here’s Anita Olin’s story of how she got into reading comics, from tis month’s Sequential Tart:
My late entry into college was armed with comic books and Star Wars, and when I could get away with it, that’s what my papers and essays were about: comics as literature, Star Wars and the Hero’s Journey, comics and censorship, literary criticism of comics …. Of course, I became a Buffy fanatic too. That one is my sister’s fault; she insisted on showing me James Marsters as Spike when there was talk of Nicolas Cage playing John Constantine. Finally, the depth of the show hit me, and, really, vampires and a superpowered heroine — what better combination could there be? Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Joss Whedon are my own personal Holy Literary Trinity.
See. There are always entry points. And new people.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.