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So You Want to Read Comic Books

It seems that characters inspired by comic books are everywhere now.  Many people are getting their first exposure to Iron Man, the X-men, Batman, S.H.I.E.L.D., and even Superman via blockbuster movies or ground breaking television shows.  However, someone who wants to experience these characters in their original medium can be easily daunted by the confusing variety of products with interweaving story lines and decades of backstory.  This is a shame, because comic books offer a unique storytelling medium that has matured over the years, developing gripping story lines accompanied by fantastic art that stimulates the imagination.  This post seeks to demystify reading comic books by explaining how comic book stories are structured, what physical (or digital) forms these stories come in, and how to acquire these stories and begin reading them. Continue reading