Super-Fly Reads: I’ve fallen (off comics) and I can’t get up

Hello. My name is Jared and I don’t read comics.

Well, that’s not exactly true. Let me start from the top.

My name is Jared. If you’ve been in the store in the last few months, you’ve likely noticed a large black man behind the counter. That would be me. When I started at Super-Fly, I let everyone know up front that I wasn’t very current on the comic scene. I have a busy schedule and a tendency to not finish books and tv shows that I start. I try, I really do. But sometimes it gets hard to get a few moments to yourself to start on something. So, I figured I’d put myself on the hot seat and talk about I like and what I hope to start and finish.

Back in 1993-1995, I used to read comics with my friends. We really didn’t get into the mainstream characters like Superman and Batman. We read alot of early Image work like Pitt, Savage Dragon, Gen13 and Spawn. I also got into The Maxx, (which is some of the most interesting and disturbing stuff I’ve read. Sam Kieth, keep up the good work.) and the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novels. The violent works, before cartoon all but fouled to whole concept. We would hit up DarkStar 3 (at the time) and drop cash money, reading and trading adventures for weeks at a time.

As time went on, we went our separate ways. I went to the Columbus College of Art and Design for a decent amount of the year and dropped out. In that time, I started up with reading comics again. (Big shout out to The Laughing Ogre.) I got into more indie published works like Slacker Comics by Doug Slack (Slave Labor Graphics) and various works from Oni Press like the Jay and Silent Bob mini-series, Clerks, Whiteout, Secret Broadcast (which is awesome if you can find it and the hard to find CD soundtrack. Fans of electronic music need to find this one) Venom: Lethal Protector and the Marvel’s “What If” series. Reading comics in my crappy basement apartment. Playing GoldenEye on Nintendo 64 with my friends. Drinking Minute Maid Grape soda and eating Gumby’s pizza. It was a great time to be alive.

But, yet again, I fell off the wagon. Moving again back to Dayton and starting my then fledgling music ‘career’, I once again got out of reading stories. It was only after moving to Yellow Springs with my then girlfriend did I get back into the graphic stories. I started up with Marvel Zombies. A great concept with some very cool writing and art, fell off of it in the middle, but managed to pick it back up and finish. It’s something I’d like to go back to reread at some point. Then it started up again; Marvel Civil War, Silent Hill graphic novels, Whiteout: Melt, Queen and Country, and others. I’m looking to get into Deadpool. The story and characters seem very funny and smartly written. There are also a number of books by Ross Campbell. He’s made Wet Moon, The Abandoned (which is out of print at the moment) and Water Baby. The stories are written in a matter of fact style. A very “how people really talk” sort of way. The way that it’s drawn is very ‘anti-comic’ with the personality of the players seeming to jump off the page. I haven’t jumped head first into it yet, but from the little I have read, I’d say pick up at least one of his books.

So, that’s it. If you have any questions about any of the titles I’ve talked about here, you should (surprise) contact me or any of the staff here at Super-Fly Comics and Games, or even just stop by and take a seat in our reading area and check out something new.

Thanks for your time.

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