Not long ago, I was asked to participate in a podcast about all-things geeky (because, if you haven't realized by now what a big geek I am, you're probably reading my blog for the first time). I agreed, and was given a list of topics about which I could talk.
Right away, I vetoed two: gaming and comics.
Gaming was an obvious veto for me. The few times Charles tried to get me to play Halo or Splinter Cell, I've gotten my avatar stuck in a corner, spinning around, because I just can't figure out the PS3 controller. I can play racing games a little better, but that always results in my contact lenses drying out and my eyes getting itchy. Oh well, I'm not meant to be a gamer.
But comics was more of a knee-jerk, "I don't read comics" reaction, and upon further reflection, it may not have been the right choice.
Hear me out here.
I don't read comics. At least, not traditionally. I have always equated "comics" with "superheroes," and while I love a good superhero flick (Ohmigosh, The Avengers is AMAZING!), I've always found superhero comics to be a bit...overwhelming. The colors! The confusing speech bubbles! The flashy costumes! Dude...give me Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in black over any other Wolverine in yellow and blue any day!!
But then one day recently, I realized.
Maus. That's a graphic novel. And it's about the Holocaust.
Man, I devoured that book. Part 1 AND Part 2. I even read Metamaus, about the creation of Maus. That's how much I loved it.
I read another war-related graphic novel called Alan's War after I finished Maus the first time. That was also pretty amazing.
Then, recently, Charles turned me onto Locke and Key, written by Joe Hill, who, if you don't know, is the son of the great Stephen King. And man, dude can write almost as well as his papa! Plus, the artwork, by Gabriel Rodriguez, is amazing. I'm still working my way through the four existing volumes, and I'm enjoying them all so far.
And finally, of course, you possibly know of my undying love for all things Walking Dead, for obvious reasons. I am addicted to the series on AMC. I have action figures! I write zombie novels!
But I'll be honest; I'm afraid to read those books right now. I can't get past the part where Rick rides a horse into Atlanta, because I don't want to see the horse get torn to bits. Plus I know...once I get past that scene, I'm going to blow through the rest of the pages, to the detriment of everything else I do (writing, family, work...). So I'm keeping those at arms' length, still, even though I know I will love them.
And so, maybe I do read comics. Maybe my knee-jerk veto was inaccurate.
One thing I've enjoyed about comics lately, for sure, is watching Charles buying and selling on eBay. Wow - people pay a LOT of money for comics! Original superhero ones go for thousands upon thousands! First run Walking Dead issues aren't far behind right now, thanks to the success of the series.
Which brings me to this: my first giveaway.
Robert Kirkman, one of the creators of The Walking Dead, has a new comic series out called Thief of Thieves. AMC has already picked it up for development. First run copies of the first few issues are already selling like hotcakes (and for significantly more than the $3 cover price) all over the internets.
I just so happen to have a copy of issue #1 (first printing), donated by my lovely husband Charles, who picked up a bunch of copies a while back at our favorite local comic shop. I'll happily give this copy away to a random commenter on this blog post. All you need to do is leave a comment here (with your email address, please - I'll need to contact you if you win, but I promise not to use any email address for anything nefarious like creating an email list), before 8 p.m. Monday, June 11, and you could win!
Hope to see you in the comments section!!