zeldathemes
-FLATBEAR-

Notorious arter and reader of comics.

This is mainly an Marvel Comics/movies + Lord of the Rings art blog with a slight smattering of Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation, Community and more.

I am always happy to answer any asks sent my way!

This blog is occasionally NSFW and NOT spoiler-free. If you ever need me to tag anything, trigger or otherwise, please let me know!

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(Not sure how often you check your messages) I am a HUGE fan of your work, and am debating getting the By Chance or Providence book. My issue is, I already have the three stories that you're reprinting but am interested in the sketchbook/extra illustrations. Can you tell me more about those, like how many pages, of what kind? I'd just like to know if I'd be re-buying the stories all over again or if there'd be new content? I hope this doesn't sound rude, I'm sorry. Again, LOVE your work!


beckycloonan:

Hey! No worries- it’s the same as buying the single issues and then getting the trade- some people like having the book with a spine for their shelf and some people just prefer keeping the issues!

Right now the sketchbook section is an extra 12 pages but I have a lot of material- illustrations and sketches, so I am considering adding another signature- that would be an added 16 pages on top of the 12 if I do, but that is not decided yet. I am going to check with the printer to make sure it won’t effect cost per book too much. If I get enough orders it should be easier to afford.

I’ve also redrawn a few panels that I was not happy with, and added a few pages to Demeter that were originally cut from the mini comic due to page count constraints. I also drew some chapter illustrations for each story, so it’s kind of like a “director’s cut.”

The book itself will be something I know I am going to be very proud of- it’s being printed locally in Montreal so quality will be very good- including a canvas hardcover with gold foil blocking, and a dust jacket. I’ve even got Scott Snyder to agree to write the foreword, hehe

Really it’s up to you! if you already own them, this is a chance to have the trilogy collected in a slightly larger hardcover format! If hardcovers don’t move you and you are satisfied with the minis that is also great because it means I did something right in making them :)

Even if you decide against it, you can always help by spreading the word- talk to your LCS about ordering a few copies, or even just telling your friends about it! I appreciate every reblog and share like you wouldn’t believe

Okay listen guys, this is the signal boost end all signal boosts.

Becky Cloonan is one of my favorite artists, of all time. I met her at Heroescon last year, where I was much too nervous to talk to her, and instead bought literally everything she was selling, and had her sign my Fandral sword.

Her books, Wolves, The Mire, and Demeter are three of my favorite short stories of all time, and she is a constant inspiration to me, not just as an artist but as a storyteller. You’ve also seen her in Gerard Way’s recent True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the terrifying PIXU: The Mark Of Evil (featuring the twiiiiiiiins), and many other titles.

I love horror told in sequential art, and for me, no one does it better than Becky Cloonan. Her stories are layers upon layers of fascinating characters, gorgeous and enthralling art, and mythos of her own making. Plus she has some on-point tattoos.

Remember that babbling about self-publishing earlier this week? THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT. You should order this book. It’s not expensive at all, especially considering the quality of work inside. I’ve ordered one for myself and the wife (so I have something sturdier to lend out), and one for someone whose comics education I consider VERY IMPORTANT. I….also talked the boss  into ordering 10 for the store. So please also buy them there, so he doesn’t murder me.

Please, please PLEASE consider pre-ordering By Chance Or Providence. It contains Wolves*, The Mire and Demeter, as well as an incredible mini sketchbook. It’s not expensive, nor is it a purchase you will regret.

One day you will be able to buy my stuff off the shelf in your LCS, and Becky Cloonan will be as much a reason for it as Kelly Sue, G Willow Wilson, Emma Rios, Ming Doyle and Rebekah Isaacs. BUY THE BOOK.

*Hardcover does not contain actual wolves. I mean, it might. I don’t know. Maybe keep some raw steak around just incase. 

  #comics    #comics by incredible women    #self publishing    #PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS    #PLEASE  
LOOK AT THIS BOOK. LOOK AT THIS FUCKING COVER. LOOK AT CLINT GETTING CARRIED OUT. SAVE ME JESSICA SORRY I’M A CHEATING DOUCHE.

But seriously, this is Kelly Sue and Jen Van Meter. TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER okay that sounded a little fucked up but you know what I mean. Seriously, I am so excited for this team, and they knock out a killer issue together.

When i met Greg Rucka at heroes, literally all I could say was HI I LOVE YOUR WIFE SO MUCH. What I should of said was ‘Oh, hello Greg Rucka, you are the reason I felt brave enough to start reading comics to thanks for Gotham Central and Batwoman. Fancy a cuppa?’

But yeah all I could manage was HEE HEE YOU KNOW JEN VAN METER PRETTY SURE YOU DO.

I am so stoked to see her on this book. I’m not kidding when I saw she and Kelly Sue are a dream together.

ALL MY MARVELMASSES HAVE COME AT ONCE.

Buy Captain Marvel #16 in your store or online today, and don’t worry if you’re not reading any of the other Infinity books, as long as you have Captain Marvel #15, you’re good to go!

LOOK AT THIS BOOK. LOOK AT THIS FUCKING COVER. LOOK AT CLINT GETTING CARRIED OUT. SAVE ME JESSICA SORRY I’M A CHEATING DOUCHE.

But seriously, this is Kelly Sue and Jen Van Meter. TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER okay that sounded a little fucked up but you know what I mean. Seriously, I am so excited for this team, and they knock out a killer issue together.

When i met Greg Rucka at heroes, literally all I could say was HI I LOVE YOUR WIFE SO MUCH. What I should of said was ‘Oh, hello Greg Rucka, you are the reason I felt brave enough to start reading comics to thanks for Gotham Central and Batwoman. Fancy a cuppa?

But yeah all I could manage was HEE HEE YOU KNOW JEN VAN METER PRETTY SURE YOU DO.

I am so stoked to see her on this book. I’m not kidding when I saw she and Kelly Sue are a dream together.

ALL MY MARVELMASSES HAVE COME AT ONCE.

Buy Captain Marvel #16 in your store or online today, and don’t worry if you’re not reading any of the other Infinity books, as long as you have Captain Marvel #15, you’re good to go!

  #marvel    #comics    #flatbear    #captain marvel    #kelly sue deconnick    #jen van meter    #embarrasing crush on the writing of these two ladies  
OH HONEY IT’S OKAY I’VE GOT YOUR BACK.

First of all, welcome to the Carol Corps! Here is your badge, your lucky hat, your irritable cat, and we have crepes every thursday.

HERE IS A QUICK INTRO TO CAROL. Please ignore anything relating to ‘the rape of Ms Marvel’ as that never happened la la la fingers in ears strong women don’t need sexual violence in order to be motivated to be strong la la la…

HERE is the most current run on Captain Marvel, which will also fill you in on everything you need to know about what’s going on in Enemy Within! I also recommend reading up on Avengers Assemble if you enjoy Carol and Jess, especially issues 9, 10 and 11!

It has the added bonus of naked Tony Stark.

Yeah. You’re welcome.

Enjoy yourself, Carol is just the fucking best! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have like, 40 batches of crepe batter to mix up for tomorrow.

OH HONEY IT’S OKAY I’VE GOT YOUR BACK.

First of all, welcome to the Carol Corps! Here is your badge, your lucky hat, your irritable cat, and we have crepes every thursday.

HERE IS A QUICK INTRO TO CAROL. Please ignore anything relating to ‘the rape of Ms Marvel’ as that never happened la la la fingers in ears strong women don’t need sexual violence in order to be motivated to be strong la la la…

HERE is the most current run on Captain Marvel, which will also fill you in on everything you need to know about what’s going on in Enemy Within! I also recommend reading up on Avengers Assemble if you enjoy Carol and Jess, especially issues 9, 10 and 11!

It has the added bonus of naked Tony Stark.

Yeah. You’re welcome.

Enjoy yourself, Carol is just the fucking best! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have like, 40 batches of crepe batter to mix up for tomorrow.

  #flatbearhelps    #comics    #marvel help    #captain marvel    #ms marvel    #carol danvers    #kreativedragon  

…we took niece and grand-niece shopping today and baby Gap has little Thor uniform shirts with capes for babies and fuck my life for the first time I want a child. Not sure what I’d do with one. But I want one. To dress as a tiny Thor apparently.

  #AUGH    #COMICS    #WHY  
TOTALLY UNPLANNED LAST MINUTE BLACK FRIDAY ART SALE!
So here is my plan. My wife just left for a 15 hour shift at work, and as it turns out, I’m not going to be working tonight/tomorrow. So I am doing a SUDDEN UNEXPECTED SECRET SALE while she is gone, to get a little more money so I can really spoil her this Christmas. I will most likely delete this post before she gets home, ho ho.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS: For $5, and only $5, I will draw you up to two characters, full color and shading, with simple props/backgrounds! ONLY FIVE DOLLARS. Which is usually what I charge for ONE character. 
My specialty is obviously Marvel, but I will draw ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. MARVEL. DC. VERTIGO. IDW. IMAGE. SUPERNATURAL. BOND FILMS. SHERLOCK. ANYTHING. I will draw YOU! I will draw your original characters! I will draw MY original characters (it was worth a try)! Anything at all! FOR ONLY FIVE DOLLARS!!! You guys have seen everything I do, but in case you need a refresher, here is my art tag!
If you are interested, send me an email (tinygunners (at) gmail (dot) com) with your request. I will draw your commission and then send you a paypal invoice, easy as that! I will DRAW AND DRAW AND DRAW for as long as I can, and then some. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED (for the next 48 hours or so, probably)
SO WHAT DO YOU SAY? GET SOME CHEAP FREAKING ART!

TOTALLY UNPLANNED LAST MINUTE BLACK FRIDAY ART SALE!

So here is my plan. My wife just left for a 15 hour shift at work, and as it turns out, I’m not going to be working tonight/tomorrow. So I am doing a SUDDEN UNEXPECTED SECRET SALE while she is gone, to get a little more money so I can really spoil her this Christmas. I will most likely delete this post before she gets home, ho ho.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS: For $5, and only $5, I will draw you up to two characters, full color and shading, with simple props/backgrounds! ONLY FIVE DOLLARS. Which is usually what I charge for ONE character. 

My specialty is obviously Marvel, but I will draw ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. MARVEL. DC. VERTIGO. IDW. IMAGE. SUPERNATURAL. BOND FILMS. SHERLOCK. ANYTHING. I will draw YOU! I will draw your original characters! I will draw MY original characters (it was worth a try)! Anything at all! FOR ONLY FIVE DOLLARS!!! You guys have seen everything I do, but in case you need a refresher, here is my art tag!

If you are interested, send me an email (tinygunners (at) gmail (dot) com) with your request. I will draw your commission and then send you a paypal invoice, easy as that! I will DRAW AND DRAW AND DRAW for as long as I can, and then some. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED (for the next 48 hours or so, probably)

SO WHAT DO YOU SAY? GET SOME CHEAP FREAKING ART!

  #marvel    #dc    #comics    #supernatural    #sherlock    #PLAN INSANITY    #ALL HOPPED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW AND READY TO GO  

starkexpos:

You know what doesn’t make things okay? Putting a disclaimer on a masterpost with handy links for torrenting comics: If you liked these, go buy them! If you liked these, support the creators.

How about I go to a bakery and just grab a dozen or so cupcakes, but you know, maybe next time I’ll think about paying for them, or I could just eat free cake. Because, free cake is delicious and I didn’t have to pay for it.

And then I’ll offer up some free cake to a few other folks, but put a sign up that says “hey, maybe pay the bakery so the bakers can have money and keep on making cake.” Except let’s be honest for a second, free cake is delicious, so while a few honest and well meaning folk fork over cash and purchase a nice cake, the majority of people are eating free cake. 

And then your favorite cake gets cancelled because while everyone was eating it, no one was paying for it. 

Unacceptable. 

Because I’m pretty sure if I went to the nice French bakery down the street and tried to walk out with a box of pistachio macarons and not pay for them, someone will come around the counter and tase me. 

Long tumblr post, short: The success of a book is measured on sales and pre-orders, and some other things. You can contribute to the success of a title by buying it. You can purchase MOST titles same-day digitally or go into a brick and mortar store, or order from an online comic shop that will mail you paper comics. So please, educate me. If you love something, or you want to support a creator or creative team, why are you not doing it?

If you have questions about how to purchase comics or need help finding a store, or getting started reading comics digitally, please let me know. I’m more than happy to help.

It’s pretty fucking simple, guys. Steal cake? Get tazed.

Torrent comics? Contribute to the demise of an industry I assume we all love.

USE YOUR HEADS.

  #comics    #clint barton    #hawkeye    #phil coulson    #tazer porn  

(Click the top to biggerize ho ho)

I will never stop drawing webcomics for Tumblr. Never. NEVER AHAHA.



This is the first page for Porter City! Which we (Me on arting, Mary on wording) will be launching at the end of this year/the start of next year, and updating once a week alongside Rykani Tapestry!

I AM SO PSYCHED. I love Rykani and all of my other original projects, but Porter City is my baaaaby. You guys know how stupid crazy I am for werewolves and supernatural beasties and tough military women OH MY. I will continue to post sketches now and then, but this is the only page preview for now. ENJOY! LIKE! REBAGEL! Support Tumblr as a webcomic platform because IT’S REALLY HONESTLY VERY AWESOME.

  #flatbearart    #porter city    #webcomics    #comics    #werewolves    #supernatural creatures    #etc etc etc    #EXCITING    #the very VERY best thing about THIS particular comic    #is that we pitched it to Gail Simone a few years ago    #and got an excellent reception    #so we can't wait to get a little more substance and then start WHORING IT LIKE CRAZY    #OH YES  

Hay there let me tell you ‘bout my best place.

I love my comic book store.

I love it to pieces. I have never been to a more welcoming, enjoyable, inclusive, fun place in my life. I’ve seen people of every creed, color, gender and sexuality in there. Gorgeous transgender men and women. Gay men. Gay women. Everything in between. A fantastic, devoted following of autistic kids that love to come in and raid the 25c boxes. People that have been reading and collecting for years, and people that come in the day after seeing a comic book movie, and want to learn more.

Those are the people that make me happiest of all. :)

The first comic book store I went to here was terrible. The owner was rude, dismissive, and insulting. I never wanted to go back into another one. But I love this medium, I passionately love the characters, and I wanted more. So I didn’t let one bad experience change my mind. And I found paradise. I’m not kidding when I say my comic store is my second home. When I’m not working there, I’m hanging out there. Hell, I worked there two hours tonight for free when I was supposed to be on a date with my woman, because it makes me so happy.

I don’t like old comics. I don’t really give a shit that Batman Number Etc is worth X amount of dollars. But if someone does, more power to them! And I love to listen to people passionately tell me how much THEY love it. The history. The weight that comes with these characters.

I’ve talked to a handful of people today that made me want to write this post. I know I have a lot of lovely followers that have never picked up a comic book. As someone who buys weekly single issues, and has done for a long time, I certainly don’t judge you for this. I know how intimidating it is. But I implore you - if you love these characters as much as I do, give it a try. If you are close to Asheville NC, drop in and I will personally take you to pick out a book. PERSONALLY. AND I WILL DRAW YOU SOMETHING AND TAKE YOU OUT TO LUNCH AND PAT YOU ON THE HEAD AS WELL!

I just…god. God. The pleasure that I get from comic books is like a drug. The books, the shows, the movies, the toys, the fans, the fandom, EVERYTHING. And if you feel intimidated, please don’t be afraid. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a store like mine, but they ARE out there! A lovely store where you can scream in unison about awful costumes, shit treatment of women. A store where the owner not only ships the male characters, but THE MALE CUSTOMERS.

Sorry for the sudden unexpected outburst of feels, but sitting in my beloved store, re-ordering single issues (Damn you people love aquaman o.O) on a silent saturday night, surrounded by so much incredible art and stories and HISTORY I just…ugh. I have to share it.

And my inbox is ALWAYS open if you have any questions, any at all. I will help you go through a story panel by panel if I have to! I know it’s intimidating, my darlings, but the payoff is more than you can imagine.

The movies, the books, the characters…comics are my life, and I hope I can inspire people to open their lives to them as well :)

  #Comics    #Marvel    #The Avengers    #Feels    #FLATBEAR: ACTUAL COMICS JEHOVAS WITNESS    #Hello I would like to talk to you about Marvel Comics    #Have you let Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction into your heart?  
LISTEN UP. I am about to get REAL political on your asses.
The Presidential election is in 41 days. Sneaks up fast, huh? Are you registered to vote? You should definitely be registered to vote. This election might not feel as monumental as the last one, but it is EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT.
I cannot vote in this election, because I am not an American citizen, and that breaks my heart. BUT YOU CAN, ALL OF MY ELIGIBLE FOLLOWERS! And the first thing you need to do is follow the links above, and register!
AND HERE IS THE REALLY GOOD PART. I want to get the word out. SPREAD IT AROUND TUMBLR. So on midnight Thursday, I am going to randomly pick FIVE PEOPLE who have reblogged this post, and I will draw you something. Up to two people, anyone you want, doing anything you want. You want Hawkeye in hot pants and Black Widow dressed like a penguin? Done. You want Captain America crying because he’s technically dead and can’t vote? FUCKING DONE. I will draw ANY FANDOM, ANY PAIRING, ANY CHARACTERS, ANYTHING. Even shit I don’t like. All you have to do is reblog this post, AND GET THE WORD OUT!

Guys, this is important. In the face of having a lot of rights taken away from us, the one right we are currently assured of is the RIGHT TO VOTE. Don’t trivialize it by throwing it away. 
(Okay now I am not telling ANYONE WHO TO VOTE FOR, but c’mon, this IS Tumblr, and I think we all know that we bleed mostly blue around here. Please, people, keep Romney out of the White House. I am not kidding when I say I will be leaving this country if Romney is President. As a homosexual, a woman, and an immigrant, I won’t feel safe here anymore. America has always been my dream, but I will give it up for my safety if I have to.)
I AM DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. You want a drawing? YOU REBLOG AND YOU REGISTER TO VOTE. And then YOU ACTUALLY VOTE. Vote early! Vote in 41 days! Vote with no shoes on! I don’t care how you do it, JUST DO IT.
For the bros out there in my state, North Carolina, here is how to find out WHERE to vote, when it’s time to do so. For everyone else curious, google ‘Where And When To Vote’ and add the name of your state. Guys I am begging you. I know the system doesn’t always work for us, but this is the one chance we get to direct our own futures.
(And to my Civil War fans, I am WELL AWARE of the irony of Tony Stark holding a sign that says REGISTER….)

LISTEN UP. I am about to get REAL political on your asses.

The Presidential election is in 41 days. Sneaks up fast, huh? Are you registered to vote? You should definitely be registered to vote. This election might not feel as monumental as the last one, but it is EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT.

I cannot vote in this election, because I am not an American citizen, and that breaks my heart. BUT YOU CAN, ALL OF MY ELIGIBLE FOLLOWERS! And the first thing you need to do is follow the links above, and register!

AND HERE IS THE REALLY GOOD PART. I want to get the word out. SPREAD IT AROUND TUMBLR. So on midnight Thursday, I am going to randomly pick FIVE PEOPLE who have reblogged this post, and I will draw you something. Up to two people, anyone you want, doing anything you want. You want Hawkeye in hot pants and Black Widow dressed like a penguin? Done. You want Captain America crying because he’s technically dead and can’t vote? FUCKING DONE. I will draw ANY FANDOM, ANY PAIRING, ANY CHARACTERS, ANYTHING. Even shit I don’t like. All you have to do is reblog this post, AND GET THE WORD OUT!

Guys, this is important. In the face of having a lot of rights taken away from us, the one right we are currently assured of is the RIGHT TO VOTE. Don’t trivialize it by throwing it away. 

(Okay now I am not telling ANYONE WHO TO VOTE FOR, but c’mon, this IS Tumblr, and I think we all know that we bleed mostly blue around here. Please, people, keep Romney out of the White House. I am not kidding when I say I will be leaving this country if Romney is President. As a homosexual, a woman, and an immigrant, I won’t feel safe here anymore. America has always been my dream, but I will give it up for my safety if I have to.)

I AM DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. You want a drawing? YOU REBLOG AND YOU REGISTER TO VOTE. And then YOU ACTUALLY VOTE. Vote early! Vote in 41 days! Vote with no shoes on! I don’t care how you do it, JUST DO IT.

For the bros out there in my state, North Carolina, here is how to find out WHERE to vote, when it’s time to do so. For everyone else curious, google ‘Where And When To Vote’ and add the name of your state. Guys I am begging you. I know the system doesn’t always work for us, but this is the one chance we get to direct our own futures.

(And to my Civil War fans, I am WELL AWARE of the irony of Tony Stark holding a sign that says REGISTER….)

  #Vote    #The Avengers    #Avengers    #Marvel    #Comics    #Captain America    #Steve Rogers    #Tony Stark    #Iron Man    #Hawkeye    #Clint Barton    #flatbearart    #SERIOUSY I WILL DRAW ANYTHING    #ANY FANDOM.ANY PAIRING.    #YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT THURSDAY    #giveaway    #LOKI LICKS GOATS  

AAHHHHHHH! The first in a series of teaser videos for the Asheville Comic Expo, a freaking awesome nerd bonanza here in my own little town, run by my own little comic store! WE’RE SO STOKED.

If you’re in the Asheville, NC area come October 13th, come by! Admission is $5, and I will be roaming the halls giving away drawings to anyone that asks!

  #comics    #asheville    #north carolina    #asheville comic expo    #SO EXCITED!    #epilepsy warning  
ALL the advice for this girl!
Here is the post I made earlier concerning getting into comics, and being intimidated by the decades of history. I will repeat the most important thing - you’re not going to know everything! You’re NEVER going to know everything! The owner of my local comic store doesn’t know everything! Don’t ever let that stop you from picking up a book - get used to being a little confused, and just jump in head-first! I will always be here to help anyone that needs it, as will marchingjaybird and starkexpos, and comicvine.com is a comic fan’s best friend!
Now, specifically! Avengersssss, my crack. My bread and butter! There are a few recommendations in the earlier post, and I would like to add Avengers Assemble to that. Great book, familiar cast, new story arc starting in November with issue #9! the book is half comics-verse and half movie-verse, so it’s a really great way to dip your feet in the water and see if you like it. Get it at your local comic store, or check out the first six issues on comiXology.com! 
Now as for Deadpool, I can recommend two courses of action! First of all, let me make something crystal. I’m not a huge Deadpool fan. When he’s well written, he’s amazing, but the problem with ‘funny’ characters is that they quickly turn into ‘irritating’ characters. So if I am recc’ing something as a non-Deapool fan, you KNOW I must have loved it!
Cable and Deadpool is one of my most favorite series of all time, and was one of the books that I broke into comics through. Deadpool is HILARIOUS in this, made even moreso by pairing him with the very droll and deadpan Cable (Who is basically the son of Scott Summers from the FUUU~TUUUURE and pretty much gets to the point where he thinks that he’s jesus. Yep.). The series is over and gathered up into collected volumes, so it’s an easy book to start on!
And the best thing? This is a long series, so it runs straight through Marvel events such as Civil War, without getting totally involved. You get a good look at the recent history of the Marvel U, without having to smother yourself in a thousand different books. Look for cameos by Cap, Bucky, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and more. You can thank me later for introducing you to Bob, Agent of Hydra.
And now, the second course of action, and here is where it gets REALLY exciting! Deadpool is getting a shiny new book in the upcoming Marvel Now relaunch, written in part by comedian Brian Posehn! I am VERY excited for this book, and hope to get back into Deadpool through it. More than that, it’s going to be a perfect jumping-in point for new readers! That means you!
And here is my last piece of advice. If you have a local comic book store? Make friends. Go. Visit. Introduce yourself to the people working there. I can only help so much, as can the rest of the internet - there is NOTHING like having a solid relationship with your LCS. If you are lucky enough to have a good comic store within driving distance, it will be worth it’s weight in gold. I know it can be intimidating, but you will never regret trying!

ALL the advice for this girl!

Here is the post I made earlier concerning getting into comics, and being intimidated by the decades of history. I will repeat the most important thing - you’re not going to know everything! You’re NEVER going to know everything! The owner of my local comic store doesn’t know everything! Don’t ever let that stop you from picking up a book - get used to being a little confused, and just jump in head-first! I will always be here to help anyone that needs it, as will marchingjaybird and starkexpos, and comicvine.com is a comic fan’s best friend!

Now, specifically! Avengersssss, my crack. My bread and butter! There are a few recommendations in the earlier post, and I would like to add Avengers Assemble to that. Great book, familiar cast, new story arc starting in November with issue #9! the book is half comics-verse and half movie-verse, so it’s a really great way to dip your feet in the water and see if you like it. Get it at your local comic store, or check out the first six issues on comiXology.com! 

Now as for Deadpool, I can recommend two courses of action! First of all, let me make something crystal. I’m not a huge Deadpool fan. When he’s well written, he’s amazing, but the problem with ‘funny’ characters is that they quickly turn into ‘irritating’ characters. So if I am recc’ing something as a non-Deapool fan, you KNOW I must have loved it!

Cable and Deadpool is one of my most favorite series of all time, and was one of the books that I broke into comics through. Deadpool is HILARIOUS in this, made even moreso by pairing him with the very droll and deadpan Cable (Who is basically the son of Scott Summers from the FUUU~TUUUURE and pretty much gets to the point where he thinks that he’s jesus. Yep.). The series is over and gathered up into collected volumes, so it’s an easy book to start on!

And the best thing? This is a long series, so it runs straight through Marvel events such as Civil War, without getting totally involved. You get a good look at the recent history of the Marvel U, without having to smother yourself in a thousand different books. Look for cameos by Cap, Bucky, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and more. You can thank me later for introducing you to Bob, Agent of Hydra.

And now, the second course of action, and here is where it gets REALLY exciting! Deadpool is getting a shiny new book in the upcoming Marvel Now relaunch, written in part by comedian Brian Posehn! I am VERY excited for this book, and hope to get back into Deadpool through it. More than that, it’s going to be a perfect jumping-in point for new readers! That means you!

And here is my last piece of advice. If you have a local comic book store? Make friends. Go. Visit. Introduce yourself to the people working there. I can only help so much, as can the rest of the internet - there is NOTHING like having a solid relationship with your LCS. If you are lucky enough to have a good comic store within driving distance, it will be worth it’s weight in gold. I know it can be intimidating, but you will never regret trying!

  #marvel    #avengers    #deadpool    #comics    #getting into comics    #new to comics    #flatbearasks    #tennant-has-the-tardis-at-221b    #flatbearhelps    #avengers help  
Not Marvel!
Okay no, ignore that! There’s no such thing as a consistent bro-ship in comics lately, unless you look at Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but even that has become scarce! However I DO have a few books to recommend!
Avengers Prime. This was one of the breakout books of Marvel’s recent The Heroic Age, which brought Steve back into the Marvel Universe, and attempted to repair a lot of the post-Civil War damage. It’s a fun, engaging limited series and while the big three are separated for a lot of it, the book basically exists to repair their friendship.
Avengers Assemble. This brand new series runs alongside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is your best bet for some Big Three Bro Time! A great place to jump in is coming up in November with issue #9, new writer, new story arc!
And of course, Marvel Adventures! All of the bromance, none of the drama of the regular universe! Specifically look for the Thor and Cap volume (Marvel Adventures Super Heroes vol. 2 #13-16).
 
Enjoy your bros!

Not Marvel!

Okay no, ignore that! There’s no such thing as a consistent bro-ship in comics lately, unless you look at Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but even that has become scarce! However I DO have a few books to recommend!

Avengers Prime. This was one of the breakout books of Marvel’s recent The Heroic Age, which brought Steve back into the Marvel Universe, and attempted to repair a lot of the post-Civil War damage. It’s a fun, engaging limited series and while the big three are separated for a lot of it, the book basically exists to repair their friendship.

Avengers Assemble. This brand new series runs alongside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is your best bet for some Big Three Bro Time! A great place to jump in is coming up in November with issue #9, new writer, new story arc!

And of course, Marvel Adventures! All of the bromance, none of the drama of the regular universe! Specifically look for the Thor and Cap volume (Marvel Adventures Super Heroes vol. 2 #13-16).

 

Enjoy your bros!

  #captain america    #steve rogers    #tony start    #iron man    #thor    #marvel comics    #comics    #flatbearasks    #the heroic age    #avengers prime    #marvel adventures    #avengers assemble    #alittlethor    #flatbearhelps    #avengers help  
Guru? I don’t know about that. Sequential-art addicted Marvel zombie mind-slave? That sounds more like me!
Here’s the thing with getting into comics, and this is what I have told everyone that has come to me in the past (including a handful of peeps like yourself, with a burning need to Know All The Canon): You’re not going to know everything.
You’re never going to know everything. There’s just too much. I don’t know everything. I know very little, in fact. Go on. Ask me something about the X-men. The X-what? See? Nada.
The best thing to do, and this is my little trick that I personally used, is to find a character that you LOVE and use them as a gateway drug. Jump on that character’s back and follow them from book to book! It’s the best way to get into new books and introduced to new characters, while still having something familiar to cling to. I used Hawkeye and Captain marvel, which, by the way? Right now they are PERFECT characters to use for such a trick.
As for a jumping-in point? You’re in luck! Beginning in October, Marvel is doing a relaunch of several of their major titles, as well as adding in a few totally new books. This relaunch is aimed to streamline a few stories and specifically bring in a new reader such as yourself. You can read more about Marvel Now right here!
In particular, I would recommend checking out Avengers Assemble. Kelly Sue Deconnick will be taking over writing duties with issue #9 (November 2012), and the series works as a great bridge between the movie-verse and the comics-verse.
Now…Ultimates. I am loath to recommend Ultimates to any new comics reader, particularly someone with only the MCU as prior reference. What started out as a great idea, and a perfect way to introduce people slowly into the greater Marvel Comics universe, quickly turned into a total disaster. It has a few shining moments of greatness - the first two volumes are pretty decent. But the further it goes on, the more disgusting and disturbing it becomes. Captain America in particular is tainted with moments of slight racism and thinly-veiled homophobia that are hard to read.
However.
It IS a good introduction to a lot of characters, and a good way to break into reading a comic book format. You don’t need any prior comics knowledge at all to read the series, and it was actually the first series I ever read. But if you do start with it, please, PLEASE take it with a grain of salt, and stop after Vol. 2. Ultimates is a good break-in, but it’s not very representative of the characters portrayed within.
If you want something simple to start with? I recommend Marvel Adventures. While marketed as a book for younger audiences, this series was a GREAT introduction for a lot of people. Easy stories, stripped-down and simplified characters, and self-contained plots. You can find collected volumes at your local comic store, on Amazon.com, or ComiXology.com!
GOOD LUCK!!! There is NOTHING that makes me happier than hearing that someone is willing to brave the intimidating world of comics! It’s not easy - I’ve been down the rabbit hole for about six years now, and there are still moments where I feel lost! Just accept that it’s going to happen, and remember - Comicvine.com is your friend!

Guru? I don’t know about that. Sequential-art addicted Marvel zombie mind-slave? That sounds more like me!

Here’s the thing with getting into comics, and this is what I have told everyone that has come to me in the past (including a handful of peeps like yourself, with a burning need to Know All The Canon): You’re not going to know everything.

You’re never going to know everything. There’s just too much. I don’t know everything. I know very little, in fact. Go on. Ask me something about the X-men. The X-what? See? Nada.

The best thing to do, and this is my little trick that I personally used, is to find a character that you LOVE and use them as a gateway drug. Jump on that character’s back and follow them from book to book! It’s the best way to get into new books and introduced to new characters, while still having something familiar to cling to. I used Hawkeye and Captain marvel, which, by the way? Right now they are PERFECT characters to use for such a trick.

As for a jumping-in point? You’re in luck! Beginning in October, Marvel is doing a relaunch of several of their major titles, as well as adding in a few totally new books. This relaunch is aimed to streamline a few stories and specifically bring in a new reader such as yourself. You can read more about Marvel Now right here!

In particular, I would recommend checking out Avengers Assemble. Kelly Sue Deconnick will be taking over writing duties with issue #9 (November 2012), and the series works as a great bridge between the movie-verse and the comics-verse.

Now…Ultimates. I am loath to recommend Ultimates to any new comics reader, particularly someone with only the MCU as prior reference. What started out as a great idea, and a perfect way to introduce people slowly into the greater Marvel Comics universe, quickly turned into a total disaster. It has a few shining moments of greatness - the first two volumes are pretty decent. But the further it goes on, the more disgusting and disturbing it becomes. Captain America in particular is tainted with moments of slight racism and thinly-veiled homophobia that are hard to read.

However.

It IS a good introduction to a lot of characters, and a good way to break into reading a comic book format. You don’t need any prior comics knowledge at all to read the series, and it was actually the first series I ever read. But if you do start with it, please, PLEASE take it with a grain of salt, and stop after Vol. 2. Ultimates is a good break-in, but it’s not very representative of the characters portrayed within.

If you want something simple to start with? I recommend Marvel Adventures. While marketed as a book for younger audiences, this series was a GREAT introduction for a lot of people. Easy stories, stripped-down and simplified characters, and self-contained plots. You can find collected volumes at your local comic store, on Amazon.com, or ComiXology.com!

GOOD LUCK!!! There is NOTHING that makes me happier than hearing that someone is willing to brave the intimidating world of comics! It’s not easy - I’ve been down the rabbit hole for about six years now, and there are still moments where I feel lost! Just accept that it’s going to happen, and remember - Comicvine.com is your friend!

  #comics    #marvel comics    #616    #marvel now    #getting into comics    #new to comics    #flatbearasks    #flatbearhelps    #avengers help    #technical help  
Here to help, anons of any variety!
For me, this was the hardest thing about buying comics. Now, Wednesday (new comic day) is the BEST day of my week! I can’t wait to get the time to go out to my LCS and spend hours standing around, arguing loudly and men and women in spandex that shoot eye lasers.
Once again, I refer you to Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. More than that, the Recap Page at the start of your new issue will be your absolutely best friend. Reading an new installment of a book once a month can take some serious getting used to, and it will stretch your memory, but in my experience the anticipation just adds to the enjoyment!
A tip I’ve used in the past is to space out the comics that you buy, so you have at least one new book coming out every week. It doesn’t have to be the came character, hell, it doesn’t even have to be from the same universe! But training yourself to read several different storylines every month is the best way to get used to it. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with reading more comics!
In terms of format, this is where I prefer digital comics over paper. I am CONSTANTLY losing paper comics, and hauling old issues out of a box in the closet is a pain in the ass. If I could afford to re-buy every series I like in collected trade? I would. Digital comics makes this much, much easier. You can go back and refresh your memory with a click of your mouse.
And now for a book recommendation! If you’re intimidated when it comes to reading an ongoing series, I suggest trying the Adventure Time comics! If you love the show, you’re going to lose your shit over these books. More than that, the story format is such that there are interesting little self-contained plots every week, but the story still continues from month to month. A little of column A, a little of column B! Pick them up from your local comic store, or find them on ComiXology.com! Adventure Time, and Marceline and the Scream Queens (which I just adore)!
Each series is a few issues in, so you can catch up on the back issues while you’re waiting for the new ones!

Here to help, anons of any variety!

For me, this was the hardest thing about buying comics. Now, Wednesday (new comic day) is the BEST day of my week! I can’t wait to get the time to go out to my LCS and spend hours standing around, arguing loudly and men and women in spandex that shoot eye lasers.

Once again, I refer you to Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. More than that, the Recap Page at the start of your new issue will be your absolutely best friend. Reading an new installment of a book once a month can take some serious getting used to, and it will stretch your memory, but in my experience the anticipation just adds to the enjoyment!

A tip I’ve used in the past is to space out the comics that you buy, so you have at least one new book coming out every week. It doesn’t have to be the came character, hell, it doesn’t even have to be from the same universe! But training yourself to read several different storylines every month is the best way to get used to it. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with reading more comics!

In terms of format, this is where I prefer digital comics over paper. I am CONSTANTLY losing paper comics, and hauling old issues out of a box in the closet is a pain in the ass. If I could afford to re-buy every series I like in collected trade? I would. Digital comics makes this much, much easier. You can go back and refresh your memory with a click of your mouse.

And now for a book recommendation! If you’re intimidated when it comes to reading an ongoing series, I suggest trying the Adventure Time comics! If you love the show, you’re going to lose your shit over these books. More than that, the story format is such that there are interesting little self-contained plots every week, but the story still continues from month to month. A little of column A, a little of column B! Pick them up from your local comic store, or find them on ComiXology.com! Adventure Time, and Marceline and the Scream Queens (which I just adore)!

Each series is a few issues in, so you can catch up on the back issues while you’re waiting for the new ones!

  #Adventure time    #kaboom comics    #marceline and the scream queens    #comics    #new to comics    #Understanding Comics    #flatbearhelps    #technical help  
I think I know just what you mean! 
Transitioning from a normal novel into reading sequential art can be incredibly difficult, and intimidating. No one should feel bad for finding comics to be really daunting - the simple fact is, they are!
Don’t try to pick up a random comic and dive right in. Every book is different, and chances are you will just end up frustrating yourself and getting mad. Not sure how every book could be different? Check this out. THIS is a page from JHWIII’s run on Batwoman, while THIS is a page from Darwyn Cooke’s Watchmen prequel, Minutemen. A world of difference! I’ll give you a few minutes to soak in that incredible art, from two of the greatest artists and writers currently working.
It’s okay. Take two minutes. I understand.
Good? Okay. Good.
Now more than ever, comics are an explosion of style and expression. While frustrating, the current MASSIVE variation of artists currently working is one of the best things about the modern comics age. For me, looking at someone like Jill Thompson's work was a great way to ease in to more intimidating panel layouts, and more complicated books.
Okay. Now that I’ve done my art spiel, here’s the real trick to understanding comics as you read them. This book right here. It will absolutely change your nerdy little life, and will send you head-first down the rabbit hole.
(Aspiring writers and artists? You ALSO need this book!)
There is a copy of this book on my comics shelf that has been beat to shit from re-read after re-read. Even now, living and breathing comics, I still refer to it for my own education. It’s a godsend.
What else can I recommend? Take your time! If you’re trying to push through a comic and just pick up the story, you’re wasting the medium. Analyze each panel, chew it, digest it, really get into the pages. Sometimes I physically put my fingers on the page and trace the story from panel to panel. Never rush, take your time. Read a book twice, three times!
Don’t be hard on yourself. Some comics are just straight up confusing. The new DC Animal Man is a beautiful book and a fascinating character, but I had to give it up for confusion. Some artists and books try to do too much with the medium, and alienate the reader. if you get confused, don’t worry about it. Put the book down and walk away. If you come back and it’s still a hot mess? It might not be you!
Here are some examples of books that eased me in to comics, and that I still read today. Pick them up from your Local Comic Store, or follow the ComiXology links!
Stardust (Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess)
- Yes, this is not a comic, but here’s the thing. If you can get the Charles Vess illustrated version, do it. Do it! Neil Gaiman is also an accomplished comics writer, and he’s a great stepping stone into comics. The layout of the story, and the accompanying illustrations are a great bridge between novels and comics. (amazon.com page)
Beasts of Burden (Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, Dark Horse comics)
- Yep, I’m nuts for Jill Thompson. Her watercolors are a constant inspiration to me, and her open, simple page layouts make for an incredibly satisfying, easy read. Beasts of Burden is currently in a collected trade, and there’s also a cross-over with Hellboy! Caution: These comics will make you laugh, smile, cry, and hug your pets until they claw their way to freedom. (amazon.com page)
Bone (Jeff Smith, Cartoon Books/Image comics)
- All cards on the table here, I have not read Bone. My study is full of Bone toys, comics, and calenders, and it’s all Marchingjaybird’s. Come to think of it, we have Bone playing cards as well. I am suggesting this series because although I have not read it, I KNOW it’s good. It’s fun, engaging, interesting, and most importantly? Incredibly easy to read. More than that, there is a HELL of a lot of it! Start at the beginning, and by the time you reach the end, you will be a pro. Jeff Smith has a current ongoing series, called RASL. (comixology.com page)
Watchmen (Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, DC comics)
- Okay. I am going to get some flack for this, and probably deservedly so. This might not be a good comic for anyone to start on, but the fact is, it’s what I started on. Watchmen has its faults. A lot of the subject material (Rape, homophobia, hate crimes, murder, child molestation, pretty much everything form every episode of Law & Order SVU ever) is incredibly hard to swallow, and it took me about six months to read the entire thing. But love it or hate it, Watchmen is the best example of how far you can push comics, and how far you can stretch the medium. There’s a reason it has so consistently topped the NYT’s Graphic Novel Bestseller list.
Watchmen won’t be an easy read, it isn’t for anyone, but the fact is - it’s an engaging read. It’s not just a comic, it’s letters, photos, newspaper clippings. It’s packed with supplemental material that will keep you focused and interested from cover to cover. Attempt this if you are brave. Love it or hate it, you will learn a lot from Watchmen. (comixology.com page)
Interested in something you can buy weekly? Find yourself a comic book store, go in, and browse! If something hooks you, sink your teeth in! Right now, I suggest Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye, and Avenging Spider-man. Both are great introductions to loads of characters, and the panel layout is simple, interesting, and absolutely fantastic.
I think that’s all I can help you with! And I hope it does help. Comics are incredibly intimidating, but NEVER be afraid to sit down with a book and really take your time going from panel to panel!
(Note: If you meant the weekly/monthly single issue release of comics, and not the actual physical layout, send me another message and I will answer that one as well.)

I think I know just what you mean! 

Transitioning from a normal novel into reading sequential art can be incredibly difficult, and intimidating. No one should feel bad for finding comics to be really daunting - the simple fact is, they are!

Don’t try to pick up a random comic and dive right in. Every book is different, and chances are you will just end up frustrating yourself and getting mad. Not sure how every book could be different? Check this out. THIS is a page from JHWIII’s run on Batwoman, while THIS is a page from Darwyn Cooke’s Watchmen prequel, Minutemen. A world of difference! I’ll give you a few minutes to soak in that incredible art, from two of the greatest artists and writers currently working.

It’s okay. Take two minutes. I understand.

Good? Okay. Good.

Now more than ever, comics are an explosion of style and expression. While frustrating, the current MASSIVE variation of artists currently working is one of the best things about the modern comics age. For me, looking at someone like Jill Thompson's work was a great way to ease in to more intimidating panel layouts, and more complicated books.

Okay. Now that I’ve done my art spiel, here’s the real trick to understanding comics as you read them. This book right here. It will absolutely change your nerdy little life, and will send you head-first down the rabbit hole.

(Aspiring writers and artists? You ALSO need this book!)

There is a copy of this book on my comics shelf that has been beat to shit from re-read after re-read. Even now, living and breathing comics, I still refer to it for my own education. It’s a godsend.

What else can I recommend? Take your time! If you’re trying to push through a comic and just pick up the story, you’re wasting the medium. Analyze each panel, chew it, digest it, really get into the pages. Sometimes I physically put my fingers on the page and trace the story from panel to panel. Never rush, take your time. Read a book twice, three times!

Don’t be hard on yourself. Some comics are just straight up confusing. The new DC Animal Man is a beautiful book and a fascinating character, but I had to give it up for confusion. Some artists and books try to do too much with the medium, and alienate the reader. if you get confused, don’t worry about it. Put the book down and walk away. If you come back and it’s still a hot mess? It might not be you!

Here are some examples of books that eased me in to comics, and that I still read today. Pick them up from your Local Comic Store, or follow the ComiXology links!

Stardust (Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess)

- Yes, this is not a comic, but here’s the thing. If you can get the Charles Vess illustrated version, do it. Do it! Neil Gaiman is also an accomplished comics writer, and he’s a great stepping stone into comics. The layout of the story, and the accompanying illustrations are a great bridge between novels and comics. (amazon.com page)

Beasts of Burden (Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, Dark Horse comics)

- Yep, I’m nuts for Jill Thompson. Her watercolors are a constant inspiration to me, and her open, simple page layouts make for an incredibly satisfying, easy read. Beasts of Burden is currently in a collected trade, and there’s also a cross-over with Hellboy! Caution: These comics will make you laugh, smile, cry, and hug your pets until they claw their way to freedom. (amazon.com page)

Bone (Jeff Smith, Cartoon Books/Image comics)

- All cards on the table here, I have not read Bone. My study is full of Bone toys, comics, and calenders, and it’s all Marchingjaybird’s. Come to think of it, we have Bone playing cards as well. I am suggesting this series because although I have not read it, I KNOW it’s good. It’s fun, engaging, interesting, and most importantly? Incredibly easy to read. More than that, there is a HELL of a lot of it! Start at the beginning, and by the time you reach the end, you will be a pro. Jeff Smith has a current ongoing series, called RASL. (comixology.com page)

Watchmen (Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, DC comics)

- Okay. I am going to get some flack for this, and probably deservedly so. This might not be a good comic for anyone to start on, but the fact is, it’s what I started on. Watchmen has its faults. A lot of the subject material (Rape, homophobia, hate crimes, murder, child molestation, pretty much everything form every episode of Law & Order SVU ever) is incredibly hard to swallow, and it took me about six months to read the entire thing. But love it or hate it, Watchmen is the best example of how far you can push comics, and how far you can stretch the medium. There’s a reason it has so consistently topped the NYT’s Graphic Novel Bestseller list.

Watchmen won’t be an easy read, it isn’t for anyone, but the fact is - it’s an engaging read. It’s not just a comic, it’s letters, photos, newspaper clippings. It’s packed with supplemental material that will keep you focused and interested from cover to cover. Attempt this if you are brave. Love it or hate it, you will learn a lot from Watchmen. (comixology.com page)

Interested in something you can buy weekly? Find yourself a comic book store, go in, and browse! If something hooks you, sink your teeth in! Right now, I suggest Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye, and Avenging Spider-man. Both are great introductions to loads of characters, and the panel layout is simple, interesting, and absolutely fantastic.

I think that’s all I can help you with! And I hope it does help. Comics are incredibly intimidating, but NEVER be afraid to sit down with a book and really take your time going from panel to panel!

(Note: If you meant the weekly/monthly single issue release of comics, and not the actual physical layout, send me another message and I will answer that one as well.)

  #comics    #new to comics    #comics layouts    #learning about comics    #marvel comics    #dc comics    #dark horse comics    #david aja    #matt fraction    #neil gaiman    #charles vess    #jill thompson    #watchmen    #bone    #beasts of burden    #Understanding Comics    #stardust    #evan dorkin    #NOW IN REBLOGABLE FORMAT    #flatbearhelps    #technical help