The Beginner’s Guide to Comicbooking: Where Do I Start?

Reading comic books is not only fun, it’s also addictive. But, you don’t have to go to those anonymous therapy meetings every month. Thank goodness.

Because so many people have become addicted to comics, there’s quite a lot of reading material out there. For beginners, it can be quite daunting trying to decide where to start. Thankfully, I’m here to help enable your new addiction. You’re welcome.

Here are some tips to help you dive into the vast world of comics:

#1: Don’t start from the very beginning 

I’m talking about the very, VERY beginning. Like, Golden Age beginning. It’s too overwhelming, and the stories are so varied. Also, frankly, some of those stories aren’t worth reading.

#2: Go with what you’re interested in 

If you’re interested in getting to know a particular character, plot, artist, or writer, check out their most famous comics. One of the benefits of superhero movies is how they generate interest in their characters. Maybe you’ve become interested in Captain America; you can check out the best comics about the Cap, and go from there.

#3: See what everyone else is interested in 

Most websites that focus on comic books have a Pull List, which is a list of new and upcoming comics. These Pull Lists focus on all comics usually, and are a vital resource in comic book discovery.  I have found a few new stories thanks to them. Comixology puts out a weekly Pull List, which includes release dates of each new issue.

#4: Eyes on the prize 

Having a hard time figuring out where to begin? See what catches your eye. Visit your local comic book shop, browse Amazon, or check the Pull Lists to see what comic looks particularly appealing to you. This is one of the reasons why I got into comicbooking; I saw some characters I thought looked cool, so I picked up a book to read.  Pretty soon, I was buying their issues.

#5: Ask your friends 

If you have a friend or a group of friends who are interested in comics, you can pick their brain. One of my good friends was introduced to comic books through her boyfriend, and she in turn recommended comics to me. Your friends are some of your greatest resources, and they’ll be completely honest with you.

#6: Check out free comics 

Believe it or not, there are LOADS of free comics out there in the world. Comixology has a huge list of free comics to choose from. The Marvel app and the DC Comics app also offer free comics. They’re usually character introductions or story previews, but they’ll help you get acquainted at least. Plus, they’re free! There’s no monetary commitment.

#7: Take a trip to the library 

Follow Arthur’s advice and visit your local library! The majority of comics I first read came courtesy of the library in the town where I went to college. Not only are these free, but you won’t have a comic book hanging around your house if you don’t like it. And, the best part is that you can tear through more comics with ease.

#8: Consult your friendly, neighborhood comic book shop staff 

Remember in the first installment how I said you should find a comic book Guy or Gal who can give you the hook up? They’re also especially qualified to recommend a good series or one-shot you can try out. They’d be thrilled to discuss comics with someone who is truly interested.

For more advice on getting started, check out these other resources:

How Do I Get Into Comics–howtolovecomics.com

So, you want to start reading comics?–comicvine.com (note: this article is a work-in-progress, but they provide an excellent list of comics for “beginners.”)

And don’t forget to enter in Nerd•ily’s first ever giveaway! All entries must be submitted by December 18th. So get cracking!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

 

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