A Beginner’s Guide to Comic Books

Sharona Lin

Founder and editor-in-chief of Pop Culture-y. Also writes, works in the public service and watches a lot of TV. Graduated RMIT with a Bachelor of Communications in 2014.

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5 Responses

  1. xmenxpert says:

    I agree, comic books are quite rad. Funnily enough, I did an essay for an English class last semester about why comic books should be considered legitimate literature.

    I’m a Marvel Zombie, so they’re all I read. I feel like one of the biggest differences between the Big Two is that DC has archetypes while Marvel has characters. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, in particular, are all archetypal figures. Marvel doesn’t have that. Their characters are more human.

    There are two additional pieces of advice I would give beginners: Wikis are a great way of getting quick and dirty explanations of anything you come across; and feel free to download a bunch of comics to help you figure out which ones you like enough to pay for. Yes, that bit of advice is horrible and immoral and all that. But you know what? I don’t really care. I buy the books I most want to see continue, and download the others. If I wasn’t downloading the ones I don’t buy, I frankly probably wouldn’t be reading any of them.

    • Sharona says:

      I am also a Marvel person (I will read some DC though). I think as a general rule, Marvel has ensembles and teams, while DC has those big figureheads (archetypes, as you said).

      Those two pieces of advice are great. Mind if I add those to the list?

  2. Hey, Sharona! I just found your blog. Nice to see more comicbook fans on WordPress. I wrote this – http://wp.me/p19QRL-18 a while back. I’m looking forward to following your blog!

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