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Comic Books That Will Change Your Life

New Worlds Comics - Comic Books That Will Change Your Life

Comics Empower Podcast #19: The Lost Game of Thrones Episode! + Comics for Adults

Comics Empower podcast, episode #19 is out!

Our heroes cover:

  • A long lost Game of Thrones script!
  • Why we should have real comic books for adults, not just for kids.
  • How indie comics can create comics aimed adults, with real depth.
  • The One Shelf Theory of Comic Books.
  • Should artists study art in school to get a job?
  • What the future of the web will look like.

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Quality Does Not Win Out, But…!

Comics Empower podcast, episode #18 is out!

Our heroes cover:

  • Does Walt Disney prove that quality wins out or that quality doesn’t win out?
  • The most horrible Game of Thrones episode!
  • Readers’ questions! How to create comic books, how indie comics can succeed, and what IS success?

 

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Why Being Different Is Good!

Comics Empower podcast, episode #17 is out!

  • Is being different good or bad?
  • Is being trendy good or bad?
  • Plus, Vincent’s Comic Con adventure, part 2.
  • And an amazing Comics Empower story!

 

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How Comic Con Led to a Periscope TV Show

Vincent’s Comic Con adventures!

How Guy toured Comic Con virtually!

How Guy’s head exploded!

Starting a new Periscope TV sci-fi series!

Readers’ questions answered!

Yes, the Comics Empower podcast #16 is out!

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Comics Empower Podcast #14: World-Building 101

Want to know why you believe some fictional words and not others?

A new Comics Empower podcast is out, and this time we tackle world-building!

What are the principles of creating new worlds? What are the mistakes?

I tackle the writing side, Vincent tackles the art! Check it out!

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“As a Kid Growing up in the Late 1950’s…” – Gene’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Gene tells his story, which began in the 1950’s!

As a kid growing up in the late 1950’s, I paged through the comic books that were available at the time, “Richie Rich”, “Archie”, “Plastic Man” and other child oriented comics.  Of course they all were imprinted with the Comic Code Authority seal of approval.  I remember seeing a few “Superman”, “Aquaman” and “Tarzan” books.

There was something visually appealing about the bright colors and stories told in a sequence of panels.

In small town America, even if there were other books to choose from, they didn’t show up at our little corner store.

At nineteen, I returned home from college to find that my folks had moved—without telling me.  Some frantic phone calls located them in a slightly larger town in West Virginia.  A bus trip brought me to the new house.

Downtown was a gaudy city compared to the little place we had lived before and I soon discovered a newstand/bookstore called, Bobet News.  It was a classic hole in the wall, stuck between a jewelry store and a sandwich shop, if my visual memory is correct.

It was a dim, tight little space full of delight and wonder.  Bobet News carried newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal but more importantly, on a low shelf just above the science fiction magazines was a row of comic books.  The usual DC fare such as “Superman” and “Detective Comics” (Batman), lived there on the shelves, but there was also something new, a different brand with exciting titles.

My delighted eyes were greeted with the likes of,“The Amazing Spider-man”, “Iron Man”, “The Incredible Hulk” and “The Fantastic Four”.

The stories were all about scientists and as an engineering major there was a very strong appeal to the nerdy, brainy characters.  I wanted to be a superhero but lacked the muscle and the powers but science might get me there.

In those ancient days, the backs of the books still carried the Charles Atlas ads featuring a muscular man in a leopard skin speedo and promised to help us get that superhero body.

What can I say about the stories?

All of Stan Lee’s characters had issues with girlfriends, issues with teachers and issues at work.  Sure Spidey could swing from buildings but he had to build that web shooter.  Tony Stark had to build the Iron Man suit.  They weren’t born with powers.  They had to work hard to develop into the superheros.  In short, the characters were like us—they weren’t born to greatness as Superman and Aquaman.  To make the stories even better, Stan Lee imbued his creations with attitude—Spidey was a wise ass.

Fast forward to 2015.

I still read comics but now there are hundreds of titles and series.  It takes effort to find the ones with that special twinge of excitement, the story arc that grabs you and won’t let go, the artwork that is a visual feast for the eyes.

These days I look for the hungry artist and writers who are not afraid of risk and who want to tell a story.



 

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“Batman Taught Me To Never Give Up” – Peter’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Peter tells his story:

First time I encountered a comic book was when my brother was sick.

I was about four.  He is five years older than myself.

My mother bought comics for him when he was at home sick from school.She only bought Classics Illustrated.

If we were going to read comics that she provided us, they would be classic stories (i.e. Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, Green Mansions, The House of Seven Gables and Sea Wolf).

When he was back in school, I read and looked deeply at the comic books.

The next issue I remember was Batman #244, The Demon Lives Again.

I found it exciting in adventure and dynamic on how the characters interacted.

Soon after reading this issue, I began collecting comic books. And a lot of them. But a strange twist of events drew me toward the Marvel Comics line, with the likes of Hulk, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and The Avengers.

Even Team-Up and Two-In-Ones rounded out my collection.

I went so frequently that the corner convenience store owner knew me by name. He would welcome me every week and would go so far as to let me open the bundles of newly delivered comics. He let me pick the one off the pile of each new bundle that I wanted for my weekly purchases.

For years, I collected them, traced them with pencil and paper and read them over and over. I watched the prices go up.

From the Still only to the Now priced. But, it never deterred my buying habits.

At least until the convenience store went out of business. It was then I found another store, riding my bike further to get my weekly reading. Eventually, I had to drive to the local mall where that store had ended up and it grew in popularity.

Still, the stories had me reading and reading and reading.

I appreciated the artists, the writers and the characters that held my attention over the years.

I pursued an art degree via architecture that went to illustration. All the while, still collecting comics. I respected the styles of those artists and writers I read over the years but never fully tried to copy them. Letting them stay a pocket of art, I held in the highest of respect, as my own drawing style developed academically and personally.

Then in 1989, my reading was turned upside down and changed forever.

As an illustrator/cartoonist I admired, pursued and created my own characters. But seeing BATMAN, the film, that year, changed my outlook on comics. It was from that day on, my main focus turned to Batman.

The designer Anton Furst just completely enthralled my appreciation of concept designs for films. I came late but discovered Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, that same year.

It was that year, I embraced the concept of what Batman held to the core of his being as a character. With this character, he re-affirmed within me never to give up no matter what the odds. And I took that ideal with me, for years to follow.

And I even got the honor of meeting (albeit briefly) several key persons who helped make Batman even more popular since 1989. From the film producer, Michael Uslan, the voice talent of Kevin Conroy from Batman: The Animated Series, Dr. Travis Langley, Author of Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight and even Athena Finger, granddaughter to Bill Finger (A key creative in the creation of Batman, just now getting more posthumous deserved recognition).

With the advancement of digital technology, avenues of distribution and exposure, a personal pursuit of independent storytelling has given a new outlook and empowerment to go further and never give up.

In the past couple of years, my tastes of various new creators of comic books have given me an even broader appreciation of the art form. Digital delivery has indeed helped me discover many I might not have bought in physical form.

Though my financial commitment to comics has waned, it has not stopped me from still appreciating the art form. Constantly, I support it through my patronage of my local library where one or two trades or more are checked out a month to read.

In the conclusion, there may, in fact, still be a graphic novel, maybe not the great american graphic novel, but a graphic novel in me that still is germinating within me. Comics have empowered me to read, appreciate and respect this modern art of storytelling. Even kept me curious to pursue subjects only slightly referenced by a comic to find out more about those subjects.

So, never look down but look it up. The knowledge is out there. Stay hungry for all of what it entails.

Find out more about Peter on Twitter or see his portfolio at his website.



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Comics Empower Podcast #13: Bullies and Self-Destructive Behavior

This time, a very special and personal episode of The Comics Empower Podcast!

We begin talking about self-destructive behavior and how it has blocked success at every turn, and end up talking about why bullies behave the way they do.

Don’t miss this very special episode!

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