A nice feature about WATCHMEN and adults getting back into comics, written by reporter Tony Hicks from the Contra Costa Times (and the rest of the Bay Area Newsgroup, including the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and other papers) ran in this morning's editions.
You can read it HERE!
The gist of the article is how daunting it can be for anyone to get into comics these days with the myriad choices, entangled continuity and so many different titles from which to choose.
While I didn't quite say it well enough to make it into print, the most important thing I want to impress upon everyone is that the wide medium of comics and graphic novels have many great things for readers of all ages and interests.
And the way to make the task of getting into comic less daunting is to talk with an expert (Hey, that's us!). Sure, comics and graphic novels are almost ubiquitous in their presence at large corporate-owned stores and online stores. However, the single best way to dip your toes into the comics' pool for the first time ever (or first time in years) is to visit a professional store dedicated to the medium of comics....a store, I will humbly add, like Flying Colors.
One of the projects I've been involved with over the last few years is the development and growth of the comic book industry's largest-ever retailer trade association called ComicsPRO. If you have friends in other areas wanting to jump back into comics, I'll recommend going to the ComicsPRO site, hitting the "Members" link for a list of retailers all over North America that will be professional, helpful and enthusiastic in nurturing each and every new (or returning) comics' reader.
(photo by Jim Stevens of the Contra Costa Times)