I’m doing a Chloe Sullivan!

Yes, I joined my school’s journalism group for their online magazine!

And guess what? I get to do whatever I want; blogging or podcast. Blogging fer sho!

Much to my geekery, my first article if on American (Superhero) Comics! and my very hard attempt to try getting more people reading it. :)

Please feel free to point out at gramatical mistakes, or rephrase some sentences.
(it’s not published yet)

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American Comics,
… not just for fat men with orange-stained Cheetos fingers.

Let’s face it, most of you will stereotype American comic book readers as either obese or skinny guys, who live in their mother’s basement and are 40 year old virgins. But after the recent flood of movie adaptations of comic books, the younger generations are now more familiar with superheroes such as; Ironman, Hulk, Batman, Hellboy etc.

What about those heroes still stuck in monthly issues?

Most non-comic book readers are still unfamiliar with characters that are considered as major characters by readers, such as Nightwing. Don’t know Nightwing? He’s Dick Grayson. Still doesn’t ring a bell? He’s the first of Batman’s protégés! Right now, Batman’s up to Robin number three.

What got me interested in comic books, namely DC Comics, was the in-depth character history. American comics are more like soap operas, and don’t have a concrete storyline, so it has all the time in the world for characterization.

Let’s use Dick Grayson as an example. People who have read Detective Comics since the 1940s would know him since he was Robin: wearing green-scaled underwear and fighting crime with Batman while shouting “Goly Gee Batman!” But since then he has “grown-up”, picked up a new superhero identity, found his own city to protect, and now leads a team. He also has his own monthly issue series!

If you’re a manga (Japanese comic book) reader, you know what I mean when stories just drag on and never reaches the conclusion! Annoying innit? This never happens in American comic books, because of the reason I mentioned above: it’s like The Bold and the Beautiful, without the whole load of drama, abortion and your husband coming back alive three years later after what you thought was a fatal snake bite while he was on an expedition in Africa. Furthermore, I bet you’ve wished for a crossover between two different manga titles, just for the sake of wanting to seem them team-up. Well, this happens quite often in American comic books! There are many crossovers within the institutions, as well as out of the institution, for example Justice Society of America (JSA) and DC vs. Marvel.

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Maybe superheroes comics aren’t your cup of tea, but don’t let that stop you from reading them.

You like chick-flicks? Try the new series called Spiderman Loves Mary Jane, which is basically about MJ and her high school life. Juggling around school, friends and her relationship with Spidey.

Dear female readers… find yourself your favourite hot superhero, and I guarantee you that you’ll enjoy reading comic book a lot more!

If you’re looking for a superhero comic not as dramatic as Superman, try Runaways. It’s about six teenagers (who thought they had a pretty average life), finding out their parents are super villains, and runs away from home. During their adventure each individual either finds out about their hidden powers, what they really are, or obtain these awesome power gloves that can blast fire. But since they are teenagers, there’re tons of dramas! I’m sure manga readers will love this series, since the art-style is greatly influenced by manga.

And no, they don’t have eyes half the size of their heads.

How about something waaay more realistic? Then checkout Marvel’s recent title called Kick-Ass. It’s rated mature for violence, but I’m sure Year 11+ can handle it. It’s basically about a high school comic-geek becoming a vigilante. But it’s not your average success story. He gets severely beaten up by gangs and gets into a whole load of trouble.

Want something with more flare and Tarantino-esque? Grab a copy of Young Liars! It’s institution is Vertigo (which goes under DC Comics’ umbrella) because of it’s rating. So much like Tarantino’s movie, I can only recommended it to mature readers or Upper school students. But it’s an amazing read, and I can go as far as saying it’s one of the best series I’ve read.

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I’m sure you’re wondering where you can purchase these comics. If you’re looking for trade paperbacks (TPB), which are basically 6/7 issues put together, you should be able to find/order it at any bookstore. But beware, major cooperates are out to rape your wallets! They will most likely charge $20 more than the original price.

This is when the dingy little comic book stores’ awesomeness comes in!They don’t charge any additional price, and you can order TPBs too. But the fallback is that the stores are really hard to find, and super tiny. So far I’ve only found two stores, which happens to be in the same building…

Sugar Street is right behind Windsor House, the building with Toys R Us.

Metro Comics: http://metrocomics.com

Shop 112, Causeway Bay Centre,

15~23 Sugar Street, Hong Kong

Clark’s Comics: http://www.clarks-comics.com/

Shop 1, B7 Basement Causeway Bay Centre,

15~23 Sugar Street, Hong Kong

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To find out which comics are out this week, visit the institution’s websites

DC Comics… http://dccomics.com/dcu/comics/

Marvel… http://marvel.com/catalog/

Image Comics… http://www.imagecomics.com/schedule.php

Dark Horse… http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/New-Releases

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7 Responses to “I’m doing a Chloe Sullivan!”

  1. One thing I found interesting in meeting people over the years is that stereotypes on who is expected to enjoy certain things is no longer limited to a type of person.

    One group that really suprised me to be more geeky about Comic Books than other people i’ve met is blacks. While back in the day in Jersey and New York it might be brought up and talked about like if they were talking about Scarface I’ve met dozens who talk about it in detail. No longer is it just about yelling who is the baddest motherfucka but more explaining why their favorite hero is the baddest like as if it were the big fat 40 year old stereotype talking but with more energy.

    The Latino community is also one that has embraced Comic books. Comics was also a big part of my culture as a latin guy even when I was little. I remember the first time I heard a rant about a Super Hero from a big old Puerto Rican comic geek. I was like 6 and he was ranting on and on about how the Flash was the best Super Hero ever.

    Anyway, Good luck with the article. By the way I take offense to the cheetos comment. No real comic geek would read a comic with Cheeto stained fingers, That’ll just ruin the comic book…….. :P

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  3. Maurice Kane Says:

    MPD Zombie writes about African-Americans as if we are a strange species he is studying as a xeno-anthropologist , e.g,.” One group that really suprised me to be more geeky about Comic Books than other people i’ve met is blacks”(sic). Unfortunately even in the early 21st century, one encounters persons unabashedly astonished and nonplussed that as free-thinking, unique individuals, African-Americans enjoy our own favorite genres, actors, cinema, television programs, sports and participant athletic pursuits, travel by airplane and ship to diverse and sundry places other than Harlem and soul food restaurants and meetings of Black Panther nostalgists, and–SHOCKER–read and ruminate about books, depending on personal interests and inclinations, biographies, memoirs, physics, chemistry, mysteries and police procedurals, and myriad other subjects, which we may even purchase and collect in our own private libraries.

  4. Hi
    I think the Latino community is also one that has embraced Comic books. Comics was also a big part of my culture as a latin guy even when I was little. I remember the first time I heard a rant about a Super Hero from a big old Puerto Rican comic geek.

  5. I think so that the Latino community is also one that has embraced Comic books. Comics was also a big part of my culture as a latin guy even when I was little. I remember the first time I heard a rant about a Super Hero from a big old Puerto Rican comic geek.

  6. Hi,
    I think so that the Latino community is also one that has embraced Comic books. Comics was also a big part of my culture as a latin guy even when I was little. I remember the first time I heard a rant about a Super Hero from a big old Puerto Rican comic geek.

  7. Sorry if I offended anyone but it wasn’t meant to be in any way talking down to any way to any race, It is just something that back in when I lived in Jersey/NY for the most part of the 90’s geeky shit like comic books was ummmmm, Geeky.

    Unless you’ve been in my shoes and met who I met you can’t say I’m narrowminded. Yes if raised around it you are more likely to adapt to it, Theres no mistaking that. The thing though is that while we were in poorer neighborhoods up in Jersey there were two things to do. Be outside or at someones house talking shit, listening to music or watching tv. The people I was around just weren’t into comics. It was seen as a waste of time and for kids.

    So when I first came upon those who were into comics it was a suprise. It was like finding a China Town in Cuba, Wouldn’t think there would be one but hey this just means i’m being exposed to something that wasn’t there before. I’ve been suprised plenty by how different cultures adapt to things in large numbers when before it would of been a limited thing. Take French Rappers for example, 15 years ago if you told me they had their own movement in hip-hop and rap going on I’d think of it as some small scene but over there it’s just as big as in the U.S.

    All that was being said is that there is an increase in a group where atleast in my circle comic books were still deemed as geeky.

    You know what, It’s jumpy people like you that make this world so damn P.C to the point that no one can say anything without someone else flipping it the other way. You say something about blacks you have blacks on you, You say something about Mexicans, Asians, Upper Classes, Religions, Animals or even freaking trees and it’s the same thing. If you say one thing in a way that someone doesn’t agree with they label you ignorant. Fun times.

    Jeebus freaking Christ. Can’t say a damn thing without turning it into Coca Cola commercial. Not everyone jumps into the singing in harmony thing at the same time but when some of them do you take notice. Get my point?

    If you want to label me racist though thats good too though. Carlos Mencia and Dave Chappelle have had a good run of pointing out diffrences, Maybe thats what my Cuban ass needs to do :)

    Much hate to you all, I hate you, I hate you, I don’t even know you and I hate your guts. I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and nobody else but you.

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