Remember why you liked comics in the first place?
Our Comics Empower Project continues!
This time, Chris tells his story:
To me, comics have always meant comfort in times of sadness.
Because the first time I ever really asked for comics was when I was sick in the hospital at around 11 years old.
It provided relaxation when the world has become too stressful or when the mundane routine of everyday life felt stifling.
Sitting on my porch when the weather is cooperating, swiping through the latest digital copy of the few titles I still read on the regular always puts me in a good mood.
A reward for hours of hard work.
I spent countless Saturday afternoons mowing my family’s backyard, the ransom to be paid towards freeing my allowance from my parents’ iron financial grip, only to completely blow through that entire stipend in the time it took me to get to the comic shop and back home.
They’re the cohesive bond that holds my closest friends and I together, as evidenced by the hundreds of hours we’ve spent talking about them on our podcast.
At the same time, they’re also the the common ground you can find with a complete stranger because one of you notices the other wearing a Deadpool T-shirt in the supermarket.
They’re the example of our ideal selves and how we should be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve faced a moral decision in my life and found myself asking the question: What would Steve Rogers do?
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without a role model like Cap. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t read a whole lot of Punisher comics at a young influential age.
I’ve always said that when you’re a young child, comics are just a thing that happens to you.
At some point an adult is going to be looking for something to keep you quiet and pacified, so they throw a comic at you.
Usually it’s a Disney book or maybe a comic version of a popular cartoon (for me it was copies of GI Joe or Transformers).
As you get older, it becomes your responsibility to either leave them behind or continue on. It’s almost like a test to weed out those who don’t appreciate what comics can be. Pass it and you are treated to a universe of endless adventure that will be with you for life. I’m glad I passed that test and even though I’m sure that many of those who “failed” it have gone on to find the things they truly love, a part of me still feels bad that they missed out on everything that comics can offer.
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