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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 Are a Fantasy World, Where You Want to Stay” – Friðjón’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Friðjón tells his story:

When I was 10 years old and had a birthday I got my first Icelandic comic of Donald Duck (Andrés Önd) in birthday present.

That comic changed my life.  I have always loved the stories and the world in that comic.

Then I started to buy Donald Duck comics and another comic like Tarzan and other comics.

I was even a subscriber on a Icelandic version of Donald Duck comic books called SYRPAN.

I also love the comic strips in morning paper like Garfield and many other funny joke comics. I usually read them daily in every morning.

When I was 13 year old, there were adventure comics called He-Man and Masters of the Universe and Brenda Starr. I was a big fan of both.

It was the best comic I have red in the morning paper.  But now it is no longer in the morning paper.

But my love on comics has never stop and it will never stop.

Comics are most of all a fantasy world where everything can happens and good place to stay with your minds and thoughts in it when you are focusing on that comic world.

I also like Marvel movies because those movies are based from Marvel comics.  Comics will always fill your life of joyful and fun moment when you read it.

That is how I feel when I read comics. Comics will always be a king of entertainment and joy because the it is from a world we want to life in in with our hall of our imaginations.



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INTRODUCING: Comic Books for the Visually Impaired!

New Worlds Comics is proud to present Comics Empower, a digital comic book store for the visually impaired and the blind!

AComic Book Store for the Visually Impaired!

A Comic Book Store for the Visually Impaired!

Thousands of people around the world would like read comic books and can’t!
People think comics are a visual medium, so the visually impaired can’t ever enjoy the experience.
We’re here to fix that!
We’re here to bring comic books to the visually impaired and the blind!

Comics Empower Features:

‣ Comic books in audio form!
‣ Read by some of the world’s top voice talent!
‣ Each 22-24 page issue is translated into a 25-35 minutes of audio!
‣ A new issue of your favorite comic book every month!
‣ New series appearing every month!
‣ Letter pages are included in the comics! Listen to fans’ letters and words from the publisher!
‣ Compelling and ground-breaking stories!
‣ Featuring an exclusive comic book series for this website!

 

A Short Demo

And here’s a little video tour taken just before the website launched:

 

Check out the comic book store yourself!

Come on, do it now!

 

“I Would Have Been a Villain if Not for Comics” – Al Kahpwn’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Al Kahpwn tells his story:

I was born pale and ginger in an Italian neighborhood and I was picked on all the time for it.

Each year that passed seemed to get better for everyone around me while my years just seemed to get harder.

As early as the first grade I was skipping school due to not wanting to get picked on anymore, but was forced to go anyway.

I snapped and I changed myself into something tougher, meaner, and less fragile then I really wanted to be. My life changed that and I became the Villain if you will. 

I fought back and I fought back hard.

I started fights, stole cars to go on joy rides, yelled at and fought with teachers who joined in on the fact I was so different. I got worse and worse until they sent me away to a special school for kids that act up all the time. I felt like the bad guy inside at this point and felt it was my role or part to play in life.

I had to take the public train into the new school each morning and change lines twice. In one of those stations was a news stand and I picked up some comics to read on the ride.

I do not recall what my first comic was mind you, no.

I only remember the one that sucked me in, the X-Men. Sounded like a bunch of bad guys to me so I picked it up.

The characters were so complex, bad or good did not really exist until they took action.

The more the story got into Wolverine the more it dawned on me,  I am not the bad guy yet.

Even though I was not proud of everything I felt I was and had done to that point, I could still turn it around. My 15-year-old mind was set on fire by the ideas and complexities of the human existence.

About good and bad, evil and holiness, god and the devil. Like most comics, life is not black and white. People can be bad then change their minds about it all and be and do good.

Redemption is possible for people and I think that lesson was the greatest lesson I ever learned.

Maybe just maybe the bad guy turns out to be the real hero and gets to live out his days making up for everything he has done.

Find out more about Al Kahpwnd on his Twitter.


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“Comics Are a Lifestyle” – Josh’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Josh tells his story:

To me, comics are more than just a book.

More than just some words and some artwork. Comics are a lifestyle.

As a kid I read comics and watched the cartoons. I had the action figures and the trading cards. I loved the X-Men, and to this day am a huge Spider-Man fan.

In sixth grade my class was forced to write a story for the young author’s competition. I chose to write a comic.

I didn’t win, but I really enjoyed creating the character and his arena to play in.

Fast forward 20ish years later. After being a mildly successful musician and a part-time movie critic, my heart has led me back to where my creativity started.

I (we) are reinventing my old characters as well as creating many new and off the wall villains and heroes.

Some of our books will be novels. Others will be comics that span from satirical adult only type books, as well as comics for every person.

We have a lot to do, but can assure you that our stories and characters will be original and will push the boundaries of storytelling.

We are excited and look forward to trying to entertain the world. Or at least like six of our friends.

Josh Nealis

Cutthroat Comics

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Optioning Your Comic Book to Hollywood

Good news!

Our flagship title, Wynter, was just optioned by a Hollywood production company!

Get the complete behind-the-scenes story on this week’s Comics Empower Podcast!

The full story includes: How they found us, what the negotiations were like, what was agreed upon, how to adapt a comic book into a television script, what happens now, and a whole lot more!

 

Listen to it on iTunes right here!

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What? You hadn’t read Wynter yet? As all NWC fans know, all you have to do is email us and you get the first one free! Why? Because we know it’s going to get you hooked!

Don’t miss out! Email to get your free PDF copy of Wynter #1 right now!

 

“Comics Taught Me It Was Alright to be an Outsider” – Saj’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Saj tells his story:

Comics were undoubtedly a formative influence on my psychology, on my thinking, my tastes and my interests.

Looking back, I can see that reading comics when I was younger had everything to do with what kind of subjects I became interested in as an adult, what kind of TV programming I respond to and also how I view the world.

For one thing, I think my comic reading as a child created a partiality towards mythology.

Readings things like the Silver Surfer or Avengers in the early nineties, which were rich with mythology, primed me for becoming interested in our real-world mythologies, whether it was the Romans, Greeks, Egyptian or older.

I am also a writer, and I’m fully aware that the comics I read when I was a kid have been a major influence on how I write; and moreover on how I conceive and imagine scenes and stories.

But more than all of that, I think the biggest influence that comics had was a social or personality influence.

I’ve read about African-American kids who drew great encouragement from seeing the Black Panther or the X-Men’s Storm, for example, and I’ve spoken to gay teenagers who saw in the X-Men a world that spoke to them about society and prejudice and issues of belonging. Even recently, the launch of the Muslim teenager Kamala Khan as the new Ms. Marvel has been celebrated by a number of young women, particularly from a minority community that has felt ostracised and demonised in society in the last fifeen years or so.

To some of them, this character is a big deal. And comics can do that.

They’re not just entertainment, but are influencers of young minds, comforters or inspirers of troubled souls, and are often a socially, culturally, even politically, relevant medium.

For me, when I was in my formative reading years, I drew comfort from the fact that a lot of what I was reading was populated by archetypal ‘outsiders’ and loners.

Being an outsider myself, and very much a loner as a teenager, reading comics also allowed me to identify with some of those characters in a particularly meaningful way.

It’s interesting looking back now and noting how many comic-book characters fit this outsider/loner motif; from Bruce Wayne and Matt Murdoch to the Silver Surfer, Nightcrawler, Wolverine or any number of X-Men, along with, at various points, characters like Bruce Banner.

By reading comics, I found characters that were outsiders like me, who didn’t fit in, who were maladjusted and ill-at-ease with their lives and surroundings.

And yet they were heroes. They were noble, had awesome powers and extraordinary adventures.

And almost every one of them learnt to make friends, form meaningful relationships, be part of a team or a larger whole, and come out of their shells.

Characters, as troubled or alienated as they might’ve been, were also able to find their place in the world, find a sense of belonging or purpose, yet still remain true to themselves and their inner nature. You could be a rogue or eccentric, even a loner, and still be part of something bigger.

As an adult, I find it remarkable to look back and properly realise just how many characters in comic books fit that outsider role at various times. There’s a lot of alienation and dysfunction in comics, both with the villains and with the heroes; but with the heroes in particular.

A lot of loneliness. And a lot of tortured psyches.

And it was always those kinds of characters I most connected with. Those characters made it seem alright to be ‘damaged’ or slightly off-kilter. Not only was it alright, but you could still be a hero too!

As I’ve grown up, I’ve always drifted towards counter-culture and non-mainstream things in every area of life.

And I’ve come to understand that comics are, and always have been, a massively important and powerful counter-cultural medium.

Particularly if we come to comics at a relatively young age, they can exert a lot of influence on our still-developing personalities and psychologies, our sense of self and our relationship to the world, etc.

For me personally, the X-Men world had the most influence on me in that regard; but there are plenty of other titles and mythologies just as potent.

I am also an avid writer. Though I haven’t published my work yet (or finished it), I am fully aware when I look at my writing that it is more influenced by the comics I read growing up than by any other form of literature, including all the literary classics. It’s those comics I still picture instincitvely in my mind’s eye when I’m pausing for inspiration.

And, in keeping with the theme of this, I am also fully aware when I’m writing my own novels that I am writing about classic loners, outsiders and tortured souls… just like the loners, outsiders and tortured souls I used to love reading in all those great comics.

 

Check out Saj’s Website!



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