Today is Comic Book Day. You can walk into a comic book store and walk out with a free comic book. It makes me wonder what I am doing inside, typing this, rather than at my local comic book store. Sadly, I had made other, unchangeable, plans before I found out that today was comic book day. For those of you who are reading this, you should be out there getting your comic–after you finish reading this of course.
As you might of guessed, comic books, and the superheroes they were full of, played a big part in my early years (and later years, but that isn’t the point really). The epic struggles depicted on those pages were great food for my imagination. Every month my heroes fought the villain, overcame great odds and personal doubts, and eventually triumphed.
These days comic book characters have made the jump to the big screen. Yesterday the long awaited Avengers opened. I wanted to be among the first in line, but sadly it will have wait until later this week–but it will be this week.
Comic books might get a bad rap but, honestly, how can anything that promotes literacy be bad. Besides, comics haven’t just been about superheroes for a long time. They have been used to tell a wide variety of stories with appeal to more than just your stereotypical teenage boy.
Enjoy Comic Book Day everyone.