First of all, great job on that byline, Marvel. It’s really something. Second of all? Holy CRAP Kate Bishop has her own Hawkeye comic! After reading Fraction’s Hawkeye, I fell in love. I loved the way Clint was in that book; he’s snarky, doesn’t want to do anything, and is hyper aware of his lack of powers (shout out to whoever decided a beat up head was needed to exchange with the regular one on the action figure). Clint is a grump, and there are two (main) things that keep him moving through his days; Lucky (aka Pizza Dog) and Kate Bishop (aka the other Hawkeye). My friend Cassandra forced me to read Fraction’s Hawkeye because Kate and I have a lot in common, and she recognized that. And we actually bought Kate’s first issue the same day (which is incredible because we talked about it months ago and she lives on the other side of the country). But let’s get down to it.
For those confused by the name in the author field here, allow me to introduce myself.
I’m Marty Day, and besides being a giant nerd, I am one of the co-hosts for the super awesome, super rad traveling live art competition, Super Art Fight.
Your fine editor is looking to get awesome Holiday Wish Lists from many different folks – and perhaps foolishly, I’ve ended up in the mix as a proper fanboy to help you fangirls pick out awesome geeky gifts for the gentlemen in your life.
So, here goes – awesome gift suggestions for the holidays.
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Fangirls, I keep going back and forth on digital comics. A big part of me feels like I should hate them and just collect digital comics, but another part of me keeps remembering that one of my friends gave me her Marvel Unlimited account info so I can read a ton of digital comics.
The problem is, I love going to the comic shop. I love going into Earthworld Comics (shown above; in Albany, NY), seeing my friends, and catching up on my stack of comics. Such an amazing shop deserves my money and I just want to hang out with all of them all the time because everyone that works there is so kind and helpful.
Plus they give great suggestions. The crew that’s usually there when I go in knows me and what I like, so their suggestions aren’t just things that sell well, but things that they know I’ll enjoy. Once (when I was still collecting Wonder Woman), they put a copy of Sensation Comics in my pull box. I had asked them to take it off the list the month before, so I reminded them, and they told me that they put it in because Amy Reeder did one of the short pieces in it, and they know I love her art. It’s really great to have a place where they genuinely want you to have a great experience.
It’s a trek, though. Albany is an hour drive from where I live, so it’s a lot of work to go get comics. But so worth it. If I didn’t have a shop I loved so much, I would have comics mailed to me (Graham Crackers does that, as do other places). My love of Earthworld has always stopped me from getting into digital comics. But when my friend offered me her account info for Marvel Unlimited, I jumped on it.
Since I’m not spending money on digital comics, I don’t feel like I’m taking business away from my shop, but I can take comics with me wherever I go, without risking their safety. I’ve been trying to do a bit of exercise every day, to help myself gain confidence and be happier, and one of the things that I do a lot is use a recumbent bike. My mum suggested watching Netflix or reading a book, but with Marvel Unlimited, I can read comics on the bike.
Now, I don’t sprint at all on the bike. It’s more of a “it’s better to have some movement than none” type thing, so I’m just kind of lazily pushing my feet out. But that’s something I can read comics while doing. Since I have MU on my phone, I can swipe through digital comics while I bike, without risking any sweat getting on the pages or ripping anything accidentally. It’s safer for my comics, plus I get to experience comics I usually wouldn’t go searching for.
Everyone has recommended Hawkeye to me. Everyone. But I pick up a lot of comics, and it’s already a lot of money and time. I don’t really read much “for pleasure” anymore; it’s usually stuff I like to write about or recommend. So buying and spending time on pleasure books isn’t my main priority. With MU, I got to read the Hawkeye that’s available there (which is most of it), when I have time, and without spending money. It’s also helping me explore the Marvel Universe more. Most of my exposure has been to DC Comics, so a lot of Marvel is foreign to me. Slowly, I’m learning more.
When it comes down to it, I like both. I don’t think I will ever buy comics exclusively digitally, because I really enjoy collecting physical comics. But if you’re short on space and always on the go, digital may be the way to go. Either way, you should probably get Marvel Unlimited because it’s really neat and about $10 a month.
Also, read Hawkeye by Matt Fraction because it’s amazing.
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Greetings, Fangirls! I’m sure you all, like I, have been impatiently waiting the return of Sex Criminals. Somehow hoping it would appear on the shelf of your comic shop, though you know it wouldn’t be returning for another few weeks. The time has come, we no longer have to wait, Fangirls. Issue 5 is here, and it of course, is fantastic.
Fangirls! The third issue of Sex Criminals has arrived and I couldn’t be happier about it. i love this series so fucking much. It makes me even happier that we’re only three issues in, and still have an entire series ahead of us. But for now, we’ve got issue three to enjoy!
Greetings, Fangirls! A few weeks ago, we talked about the amazing start to the new Image series, Sex Criminals. The second issue was absolutely no way not even close to a disappointment. I’m in love with this series, and am so eager to see where it’s headed and open up all of the fantastic potential of the characters & story lines. But before we get there, we’ve got the second issue!