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Doubling Up, Catching Up

I've written often about my relationship with comics and how I consume them. Back in the middle of March I  made the decision to stop buying single issues of comics again and to once again revert to trades. It was easy to do, especially having well over a dozen trades stacked up and waiting to be read (many are still waiting right now but that's beside the point).

A month ago, I decided to buy an iPad with money I received from very generous friends and relatives for my college graduation. I further decided to give digital comics a try. It turns out that I love reading comics on the iPad. Something about the glow of screen mixing with the art just works for me on a level I didn't expect. As an added bonus, reading comics digitally also solves one of my biggest problems with buying single issues - having a pile of comics around all the time. So, I am officially hooked.

When I stopped reading single issues in mid-March, I'd read 22 this year. As of last night (the end of July), I'd read 44 this year. Yes, I doubled the number of comics read in just a month. Unexpected and wonderful.

So, what have I been reading?

THE UNWRITTEN - Yes, this is the same series I'd planned on reading back in June, at a clip of an issue a day to complete all the collected editions. It took me a little longer than that month but I did it...and then I picked up all the issues since then on the iPad and am current with the series for the first time since April of last year. Turns out it is just as good as it was (not a surprise). I need to make a longer post on it but no guarantees.

SAGA - I read the first issue of Brian K. Vaughan's return to comics (along with the brilliant artist Fiona Staples) back in March and it was one comic that made me have some regret about my decision. The world-building here is fantastic - a science fictional setting that has touches of our own world. It also deserves a longer post but if you're reading this post and want a great comic, go pick it up. Now.

CHEW - I read the fifth collection a few months back and now have caught up to the regular series on this title. I heard John Layman on an iFanboy podcast talking about a big twist coming in a few months and I can't wait to see what it is. This comic is full of cool ideas and is funny as hell. A favorite.


  1. The Unwritten is an amazing comic book series that I just read. It'd be pretty cool if you could write a post on it 'cause I'd like to know your views. And yeah, I read digitally too or else I'd have to throw some comic books away for lack of space, and I'm never going to do that :)

  2. Maybe I'll try to put some thoughts down after the fourth part of "The Wound" comes out in a couple weeks. Thanks for reading!


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