Odds and Ends

understanding comicsI had a chance to do quite a bit of reading this weekend. I read Scott McCloud’s famous work, Understanding Comics and his third book in the series (which I may even prefer), Making Comics. I think I may purchase the three-volume set, for he truly does an excellent job of communicating the style and purpose of the graphic format.

As a child, my comic-reading was primarily limited to sleep-overs at my grandparents house, where I would browse through the cardboard box of old comics before bed. I remember reading old issues of The Flash and devouring Archie comics. At home, I would read the strips in our daily paper and had a couple books of Calvin and Hobbes.

In college, I purchased my first graphic novel — the first Sandman volume — and even though I loved it, my interests were diverse and I never really kept up with comics much after that.

Now, a decade later, I have been playing catch-up for the last year or so. For anyone looking for a good primer to comic books, Scott McCloud’s book is an excellent place to start.

So with all of this talk of comics, I will mention one genre I have not invested time in is manga. This weekend I also read my first manga novel and wrote a short review that will go up later this week. I also finished Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls, which I will also try to get a review up for this week.

Other than that, I’ve been practicing some art of my own, played a little guitar, and partook in my favorite pastime — playing with my toddler boys. It was a perfect wind-down weekend to rejuvenate for the workweek ahead.

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