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by Jennifer Muirhead (follow)
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Some people still think of comics as being only for children, or only about superheroes but they actually span the full range of genres and many (perhaps most these days) are written for and read by adults. Do you read comics? If so, which ones?

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I like comics and I read a few (those are some of mine in the picture). Lately I have enjoyed Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Rat Queens and Chew (about a detective who gets psychic impressions from his food and uses this ability to solve crimes). I find them a change of pace from novels, particularly superhero comics which are usually much lighter going.
I haven't done for a long time but I used to, yes. I'll give pretty much any form of printed word a go!
I don't get in to print comics much, but I'm an avid follower of webcomics. The internet seems to be the right place for my kind of nerdy interests to flourish.
I have read comics and graphic novels in the past, but honestly, I am not very keen on them. The ones that I read were from television series that I liked, such as Star Trek and The X-Files, but the genre just isn't for me, so I've stopped reading them as well.
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Yes, but I rarely go out and get them. I feel that for what you're getting, the price point is often too high if you're going out weekly for single issues as opposed to collections and the like. Which means that often I'll end up getting them well after the series or storyline has completed and rely much more heavily upon reviews or word of mouth than, say, books where I have no problem just looking at the back cover and picking up that moment. Sandman, Atomic Robo, Transmetropolitan, Watchmen and Scott Pilgrim spring to mind as ones that were heavily recommended and I picked up later as collections rather than hot off the press as individual issues.
I buy pretty much only trade paperbacks and pdf comics now. As well as being expensive, I find individual comics a bit of a pain to store.
I love anything by Brian K. Vaughan, but Y:The Last Man is excellent. I liked Wood's DMZ but I think that may have finished...Walking Dead but that's beginning to annoy me (he's beginning to make it stupid like the TV show) and I am still hooked on Fables. Jacques Tardi's war ones 'It was the War of the Trenches' and 'Goddam this war!' are disturbing but fabulous. I learnt so much.
The only ones I've read are Tintin, which are like a big thin book. My father had a book shop in Rowe St Sydney, from 1050-ish, to 1974, & he would bring them all home for us, when they came in, after ordering them from overseas, about 1 new one a year. Unfortunately the Belgium author died when he was 1/2 way though writing 1 of the stories.
by Miro
Not sure how old this question is but most, like those pictured above, are graphic novels. They span junior, teenage and adult markets. You can still find paper comics but the genre has morphed into heavier formatting like The Walking Dead which is currently a 48-volume graphic novel series. Then there's manga which is a smaller size format but also hugely popular. I don't indulge but a Naruto fan in our family keeps me informed.

by ooo
I class a graphic novel as a self contained story, like say Maus (though it has 2 volumes) or Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, as opposed to an ongoing comic series, that might be in single issue or strip format, or be complied into trade paperbacks later. Those in the picture are some of my collection. Hark A Vagrant! is a web comic, with strips that don't really have an ongoing story. That volume is a compilation of the strips. Powers, The Walking Dead and Knights of the Dinner Table are ongoing series sold as single issues (those in the picture are trade paperback collections of several issues). Bluntman and Chronic was a series but only had a handful of issues, compiled there into one volume. The Sandman one I'd probably call a graphic novel because it makes very little sense if you don't read a whole volume at once. They're all for adults. I read some kids' comics too. The Phoebe and Her Unicorn series has been popular in our house lately.
Oops I missed out The Boys. It's also an ongoing series, though that one is the only volume I have because I decided I didn't like it.
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