I’m a firm believer that when you love something, you can combine it with damn near anything and make it inherently better. If you love chocolate, then it’ll make peanut butter better. If you like watching baseball, then watching baseball while naked will make it better. There are plenty of other examples I could give, but I’d rather not get too personal about what I do on a Sunday afternoon.
With comics, I’ve learned over the years that you can find many combinations to enhance the experience. I’ve woken up at 4:30 a.m. to read comics with a nice cup of coffee while sitting in my recliner. I’ve slept in, gone outside, and read comics on my iPad in a swim suit while I got a little sun. I’ve even read comics with a glass of whiskey before bed. I can safely attest that both experiences were enhanced considerably.
Now that we’re in the middle of summer and pandemic lockdowns are ending, we have an opportunity to enjoy things in new ways. If you love comics as much as I do, you’ve got a lot to work with, especially on Wednesday mornings. The only limit is your imagination, decency laws, and how your willingness to spend extra money on things that may seem wasteful later on.
Dare to be creative.
Dare to be a little crazy, even.
Comics give you that flexibility. With the 4th of July just a few days away, I have a few ideas as to how I’ll supplement my comic reading experience. I won’t share all the details. Just expect them to involve beer, hot dogs, and speedos. I don’t know how much that’ll inspire you. All I can offer is my pull list and pick of the week. I hope that helps. Enjoy!
We all have bad days every now and then. Even if you’re rich, beautiful, and successful by every measure, you’re going to have days when you feel like an army of evil spirits has been kicking your ass since you woke up. There’s no escaping it. It’s just part of life.
Even if it can’t be avoided, it’s still within our control on how we deal with it. Some people cope better than others. Some do so in ways that are downright unhealthy. If it involves alcohol, yelling, or punching something, then chances are it does more harm than good.
For me, comics have proven to be effective in dealing with life’s inevitable rigors. Going all the way back to high school, in which bad days were fairly common, reading comics really helped me endure and push forward. They weren’t just an escape. They reminded me that even people with superpowers can have crappy days.
Given the events of the past year, we’ve all had plenty of days like that. Our coping skills have been tested more than usual. If they’re effective, then you’ve only come to appreciate them even more. That’s how I feel about comics. Since this year began, they’ve helped me navigate plenty of rough days.
I encourage everyone to develop and refine their methods for coping bad days. I also encourage comic fans to incorporate comics into those methods. To that end, here’s my pull list and pick for the week. Enjoy! Better days are indeed coming.