Month: April 2017

Finding a Path Into Marvel with CMRO

I’ve always been a fan of genre. In junior high, after reading the Lord of the Rings, I systematically worked through my school library’s entire fantasy and sci-fi section. My favorite TV shows included ST:TNG, the X-Files, and Babylon 5, and by high school I was slowly developing an appreciation for low budget sci-fi and horror movies. But comics? They just seemed… complicated. My small town didn’t have a comics shop, so my early exposure was limited to convenience store Archies, Richie Rich at the dentist’s office, and once, an X-Men comic at the lake-front cabin of some friends of my parents. That last one seemed cool, but I didn’t know who any of the characters were, or where to begin finding out.

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Rae’s Recs: April 27

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One of them is still in issues, one is in trade format.

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Late to the Party: Parable of the Sower

First installment in our new ongoing series tackling our contributors’ first encounters with genre texts we’re embarrassed we hadn’t engaged yet.

Between a BA in English Lit and a PhD in Cinema & Media Studies, there is literally no limit to the number of things I am deeply mortified to have not read or seen yet. High on this list was Octavia E. Butler’s dystopic classic, Parable of the Sower. Thanks to a timely loan this week and firm nudge to my ribs, I can finally cross this one off my bucket list as of last night, but it’ll be with me for a long time yet.

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My LCS, My Self

I came to comics late. My first undergrad roommate was a huge DC and Vertigo fan (this was in the late 90s), and I went to our college town’s LCS with her a couple times, but I didn’t really understand how to get into comics, nor did the shop make them particularly approachable to a shy sci-fi nerd who had no idea what treasures the racks would eventually contain for her. Roomie lent me her Sandman trades. I tried but wasn’t into it.

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Jumping the Turnstiles

I grew up in a fairly small town, in a place that didn’t really have much in the way of comic books. There was one local Hastings, which had a poor selection, and one Barnes & Noble, which didn’t carry single issues and had a trade paperback section that was spotty at best. For a thirteen year old in a time before the internet, finding and then making the trek to a comic book store was something of a brutal challenge. Once I finally made it there, I distinctly remember being ecstatic to finally make it to this place. It felt like some kind of mecca, some kind of huge step in my life to be able to even just cross the threshold of the place that held so much of what I loved.

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Genre: It’s Called Fashion

True story: I was once direly short on funds and in desperate need of a new computer in order to finish my degree work, and I opened an etsy shop called “fanservice nails,” which sold custom-mixed (“franken”) polishes that were supposed to capture the essence of a character, series, film, ‘ship, etc. It was fun, it was stressful, I learned a lot about running a small business, and I even eventually made enough profit to get my computer and “retire.”

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Rae’s Recs: April 20

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One of them is still in issues, one is in trade format.

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