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July 22, 2020, 12:39 am

Well, this will be inconsistent.

Hi, my nomme de plume is "XIIIVampire," French accent optional. Please feel free to message me about all grammatical mistakes, but i almost always mean what i say semantically & for several items, such as the 1st person singular, i do prefer to refrain from the capitalization due to proper nouns becuase i'm not proper.

I'm new to comics as of watching Logan in theatres. I felt extraordinarily compelled by the Doctor Strange movie, but Logan kicked me in the back & i felt pretty negligent for not diving in sooner.

A word of caution: I am about to issue a disclaimer. Disclaimer: I am skeptical in all things, very often wrong, aware of my almost universal ignorance, & sometimes apparantly cynical, but one very valid reason for admittedly waxing cynical is to brace myself against dissapointment. Dissapointment has been an oft-learned lesson for all of us, & my personality is geared either toward happiness or that sublime yin-yang serenity of chillness with the lossier half of yĆ«gen. The aforementioned having heretofore been stated, i confess: I'm still inclined to weigh manga as a superior collection of expression. The reason being Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent. i believe he & many of our provincal, prudish ancestors inherited a tragic form of Victorianism which in all of its unnatural spirit censors some of the best qualities of humanity. The resultant CCA significantly stymied the expressive potential of comics & the negative effects may never go away to the extent that artistic traditions draw from the past. One possible positive outcome is that we have experience with tending to the wounds of censorship.

Having admitted that tragic opinion of mine, i still pursue comics with ravenous hunger. My goal is the discovery of the best comics ever & hidden gems & also, to a great extent, to discover/understand the fascination that previous generations have had with the medium. With manga i instantly understand, for they bring me to tears & cause volcanic eruptions of laughter. i'll sit stunned in awe at a story or some inked illustration, interestingly forgetting the omission of color. With comics, so far, not so much. i have discovered some comics whose stories i kinda like, some drawings i really like, & some environments/scenes/atmospheres i absolutely love. But i don't think i've found any of these with consistency. To elaborate: i may like a certain artist's work over here, but not over there so much. Same with story. i do primarily look for atmosphere, for landscapes, cityscapes & general feelings of things. For my second blog on League of Comic Geeks i will task myself with sharing such "favored scenes & atmospheres" &, for variety's sake, some favorite drawings which don't fit under that description. 

For now it feels like ive provided a good partial introduction, i think you can understand a bit better where i'm coming from & what i hope for. If you or anyone you know can convince me why comics are better than or equal to manga, or can help me understand the adrenaline-fueled fascination with the medium from generations of yore, please reach out to me. i love listening, i love conversation, especially the heightened kind.

cheers!

 - XIIIVampire

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  • Nevincorn

    Logan is a great movie. Have you read anything yet?

    Reply  ·  2 months ago
  • XIIIVampire
    Wolverine: 2 issues of Meltdown from the 80's(!) i think the watercolor art really attracted me. Watercolor pulls my face strongly. If Old Man Logan (or a specific universe(?) of Old Man Logan) is highly recommended then i'd probably give it an honest go. My whole life i've wanted to read Wolverine, but the multiplicity of universes has always intimidated me. On the one hand - what if the universe/run i read isn't as good as another one i could have read? On the other hand, if i read enough of the same character, how will i be able to keep all the universes/continuities straight? Or is it better for a novice like me to settle with one to begin with? Meltdown feels comfortable because it's only 4 issues & easy to keep separate/distinct in my brain (in case the events have nothing to do with anything else.)
    Reply  ·  2 months ago
  • Taren

    Welcome to the league of comic geeks and to the wonderful world of comics! 

    Reply  ·  2 months ago
  • Taren
    One writer/Artist you must check out: Terry Moore.
    Reply  ·  2 months ago
  • Taren

    Oooo just looked through your collection.... You have Blood A tale and Stray Toasters! Nice! 

    Reply  ·  2 months ago
  • XIIIVampire
    Yeah! i have a penchant for the surreal/macabre (people keep recommending me Sandman, so i will definitely dive in one day.) Echo & some others by Terry Moore have been added to my wishlist because both you & another user (on the recent "Tuesday ~" post) recommended it! i'm really so glad to find a community like this with all the collecting & connecting & statistical etc tools that this website has, it's pretty awesome.

    i was led here from a Reddit post/user looking for a comic website/community akin to "My Anime List" & Leage of Comic Geeks was highly recommended. i spent 2 years searching for an analagous videogame collection website/community before finding GameFaqs has a good one. i love being able to browse interesting looking collections & find new things i might like.
    Reply  ·  2 months ago
  • Taren

    I think you would enjoy Terry Moores work. Yeah finding this site was awesome. 

    Reply  ·  2 months ago