National Comic Book Day & Why It Matters to Me


Happy National Comic Book Day! I’ve loved comics forever, but I’ve long given up the reading them as much to do this thing called adult life. I was never well read enough like my daughter is now, she owns over 200 graphic novels, and we just bought three comic books to add to her collection this past weekend. That’s the thing I’ve always loved about comics and graphic novels though: for me, it’s always been a one-on-one conversation. Comics (whether it be books or movies), let me jump into worlds where I can stay submerged for hours.

Fun Fact: People who collect comic books are known as pannapictagraphist.

Why do I love comics?

If you are the kind of person who can’t sit still to read a whole book, comics are perfect! The drawings are always incredible and the dialogue snappy - it is so easy to sit and read them, often in one sitting!

Another reason why I love comics is because of the awesome movies that are out is based on comic books! The Avengers, Big Hero Six, Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, and Captain America, to name a few! And then there are all the TV shows - Arrow, The Flash, Agent Carter, Agents Of Shield, Daredevil, Supergirl, Gotham and more! There are so many brilliant films and movies - what's not to love about these geeky films.

Superheroes are fantastic role models. Now, I’m not suggesting you all start running around in tights, beating up villains. But look at Captain America or Superman or Wonder Woman - all are so noble and so brave and so good: they fight when they have to, but they always talk first. Heck, Wonder Woman has a huge representation now - she makes that job cool! We should all try to be a little more like our favorite superheroes - try to help more people or aspire to become people who can make a change in the future. Comic books remind us that heroes exist and that you don’t always have to have superpowers or millions to be one.

So maybe some people think reading comics is nerdy or geeky or whatever. But you know what? Being a geek is awesome! - you get to read the best books and comics and wear the coolest t-shirts (doesn’t everyone have at least one superhero shirt in their wardrobe? Or is that just me again?) and also get to know the most amazing characters. And you get to dress up as them and look awesome yourself.

‘Cause being geeky is awesome and bonus I get to be one with my daughter. What are some of your reasons you like comics in your life? Let me know.