Comic Spot

Smoke and Mirrors, Cover A'Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.' - Dr. Suess.

Comics, to those who don't read them, can take a bad rap for being seen as a child's story device. And it's probably true that most of us who have ever read one indeed did so as a child. Now, we all grow up (unfortunately) and as we do our interests change and most of us, in the hope to appear more grown up, often separate ourselves and shun anything child-like in the process of becoming an adult. Comics are often a product of our forgotten childhood and frequently our only knowledge of them is of brightly coloured super heroes flying the skies in their underwear, saving innocent people from the bad guys.

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If you are new to the comic medium it can be quite daunting. With what seems like a whole other language to understand, it's not quite the same as picking up a book or a DVD. But don't let that put you off, because armed with a quick basic knowledge you can begin to enjoy the amazing stories on offer. So if you've ever wondered 'What's a story arc?' or 'What's the difference between a graphic novel and a comic?' look no further! Below are hopefully the answers to all your questions and, once understood, you can begin your journey into the comic book medium and then there's no turning back!

Comic books

America's Got Powers #1 by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch
Saga #1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Smoke and Mirrors #1 by Mike Costa and Ryan Browne
Thief of Thieves #1 by Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer

Graphic novels

American Vampire, Volume 1 by Stephen King, Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque
Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo 
Deadpool Killustrated by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Hit-Girl: Kick-Ass 2 Prelude by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 2 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon

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