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: The right mind state for reading comics
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Aug 27th 2010
I've often found that an entire comic can really go right over your head if you're not in the right mind state. Whether it's because you're sleepy, mentally preoccupied, horny or upset...you can read an entire graphic novel and miss a lot of important details. You might even end up hating that comic because you missed so many important things.
That's why I think it's important to be relaxed and entirely willing to read before you sit down with a comic. There are a few that I have revisited and entirely changed my opinion about. My graphic novel collection consists of two stacks: DC and Vertigo. In the DC stack there's Green Lantern, tons of Batman, JLA, Nightwing, Superman and Ronin. In the Vertigo stack there's Transmetropolitan 1-7, 100 Bullets #1, DMZ #1 and 2, The Authority 1 and 2 (I don't have a Wildstorm section), Heavy Liquid and The Losers.
After reading each one at least twice, the only one I still hate is The Losers.
I know this is kind of a random subject, but I think it's something important to think about. I think re-reading comics that you're on the fence about or maybe dislike is imporant, because you may not get it the first time.
Aug 28th 2010
I can see that. Hell, that's probably the preferred state to get into any form of media or art.
Sep 3rd 2010
good state of mind : pot OR beer (because pot AND beer won't work for me), son asleep, wife away, music...
Abour re-reading : that's why i like comics that much, you ALWAYS skip something (art or part of the plot) the first time, so that you can re-read them many times (i understood "completely" the Watchmen the third time)
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