Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to welcome you back to a special installment: The Infinity Gauntlet and Me: A Love Story. For a bit now I’ve been proudly presenting to you fine readers ‘Another 10-spot’, where I laboriously research and come up with lists based on their respective topics. It really is a ton of fun doing all of this and giving it to you, but I wanted to do something different, and give a bit of a perspective from the eyes of a ‘newbie’ in the comic book world. I’ve been surrounded by the superhero world for almost the entirety of my life, but it is the comic book universe that I find myself attracted to these days.
It’s been a pretty overwhelming journey for me into this world of comics. Five years (give or take) may seem like an incredibly long time to get adjusted to the onslaught of information, all of the characters, all of the allies and enemies of each individual person. Hell, I can say with little doubt that I’m still just beginning to skim the surface of this world. It may break political correctness to say, but comics become like a drug of sorts, or perhaps that is how I feel. Before you push the panic button, follow along for a minute. When I first began reading, it was entertaining. The plot lines were interesting enough, but I didn’t feel as though I was waiting with baited breath for the next issue and the continuation. Cut to now, where I find a series that piques my interest, I catch myself anxiously awaiting said continuation. Comics are something that you really don’t feel as though you get enough of, and how could you? The meticulous natures of them, from time to time, have left me awestruck, and admittedly jealous at the creativity and talent behind the work.
I started reading whatever was passed around to me, or suggested. I read whatever X-Men or Spider-Man comic I could get my hands on for a while. Moved on to Millar’s Wanted (well prior to the movie), and Watchmen (of course). Lost days of my life on bits and pieces of Frank Miller’s Batman run, and returned to Mark Millar for Kick-Ass. I eventually found and developed a particular love for Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys.
I can say that I’m rarely speechless in this life, and it takes a lot to actually achieve that. The SDCC was one example of that happening. I was fortunately able to attend a while back with friends and was blown away by the entire experience. The people, the booths, and the grand scale of things is staggering. Once again, it can be an overwhelming moment (and it was), but once you get beyond the “packed in like sardines” part of the trip it’s essentially the coolest single building you can imagine yourself in. Take that thing that you love so dearly and spend countless hours indulging, and extrapolate it to some insane measure, and cram it into a space that can barely contain it. Perhaps that doesn’t really explain it, but the experience takes on a life of its own. It’s an experience that I haven’t come close to duplicating in another forum.
Back to the people though. Between those events, and working with this site, I’ve had the distinct honor of meeting, speaking to, and being in the same room as some downright badass folks in the comic book/nerd media world. I was able to meet Geoff Johns at a signing prior to the beginning of the Blackest Night run, and once more that year at SDCC. He actually ran into me and called out “hey, I know you!”, which to this day makes me giddier than I care to admit… oh wait, I just did. I’ve met Kevin Smith, writer/director James Gunn(Dawn of the Dead remake, Slither, Super), been able to listen to uber nerd writer Ernest Cline (writer of Fanboys and Ready Player One) at WonderCon this last year, same with iconic director Sir Ridley Scott, and Seth Grahame-Smith. Honestly, I try my damnedest to not come off like an obsessed fan kid every time I meet or see someone, but sometimes it’s unavoidable and I make a clown of myself.
Really though, I owe a great deal of my experiences and memories in this shiny, colorful new world to the owners who run this site for allowing me the privilege to go do these things, and for allowing me to do something I legitimately love doing. The owners and community, as a whole, has always seemed to welcome me with little hesitation, and for that I am appreciative. I couldn’t even begin to express how excited I am for what the future holds for me here at comicbooktherapy.com.
All I know is that I’ll do my absolute best to provide readers with a chuckle, perhaps a unique perspective when it’s available, and something entertaining. Until next time ladies and gentlemen, thank you!
…never got a chance to hold that damned gauntlet. Drats!
COMICS! COMICS! COMICS! COMICS! COMICS! COMICS! COMICS!
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