Comic Books turned my Squirtle into a Blastoise

Written By: Tim

So this is a blogging? Hello internet my name is Tim. A twenty four year old from Philadelphia.

So if you live in a cave and aren’t familiar with what comic books are I’m going to tell you. By definition a comic book, comicbook, comic magazine, or simply comic is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive and written narrative, usually dialog contained in word balloons or word bubbles that are emblematic of the comic’s art. That’s the literal definition Wikipedia says a comic book is.

To me comic books are much more than that. When I was twelve years old I was given my first comic books as a Christmas gift from “Santa Claus “. Now “Santa Claus” knew that I was a withdrawn kid and wanted to bring me of my shell and give me a hobby. And comic books did just that.

The first comic I got was Fantastic Four #92. Ben Grimm “The Thing” is captured by the alien race Skrulls and forced to fight in their gladiatorial colosseum. I was hooked after that and needed more. The Fantastic Four opened my eyes up to the Marvel universe. Characters like the X-men, Spider-Man, Iron Man, etc. Then it took one visit to my at the time local comic book store to discover that there was a bigger world out there. DC, Vertigo, Dark Horse, Image, etc. Comic books showed me that everyone has the ability to do something great, you just need to try. Comics brought me out of my shell and I am forever grateful for it.

Fantastic fourThen high school came and I found myself putting the comics aside for girls and a social life. I turned my back on comic books. After graduation I went off to college and struggled both at home and in school. I looked back into comics and haven’t stopped since. Once you start to love something you never truly stop.  Now myself and my friend John get together and talk about comics and everything nerdy.

The Dork of All Trades Podcast is coming soon, but until then join the conversation, what was the first comic book you’ve ever read? Comment below!