365 Reasons to Love Comics
Hey. Remember these?
Lo, many years ago, in the forgotten year of 2007 A.D., this blog had a daily column called “365 Reasons to Love Comics,” in which I expounded on the wonder of many creators, characters, concepts, and other bits and bobs that made comics great. Unfortunately, I came up short. By the end of the year, due to various life-y things getting in the way, that 365 was more like 349 or so. At last, the day has come to finish off the list. (Don’t expect a regular schedule. To look back on previous episodes of this column, check out the archive!)
First up: the sensational character find of 2010! He’ll chop your head off.
What do you think about Gilbert Shelton, the creator and guiding hand behind our latest reason?!
Why, he’s as near as comics have come to producing a natural comedic genius of the same stature as a Chaplin or a Tati. He is truly one of the greatest and most sublimely funny talents that the comic medium has to offer.”
Here’s five more new Reasons you may have missed, all written by our pal Ian Astheimer. One of them is quadruple-sized or somesuch in comparison to regular entries. Fear his might! And give ‘em a reply, if’n you’re so inclined.
321. It Rhymes with Lust
322. Joe Casey
336. Global Frequency
339. The Nightly News
More of these Monday. Maybe a special treat tomorrow. Stay tuned.
I’m just awful with coming up with cool post titles. At any rate, I thought I’d catch you up, faithful viewer, with the holes currently being filled in the Reasons archive. Here’s five entries for you today, all written by our friend from the comments, Ian Astheimer:
307. John Campbell
314. Sean Phillips
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Well, here we are. The grand finale of this little column. Well, sorta. The archives aren’t all filled in yet. But don’t worry! They will be shortly! Anyway, it’s been real, folks, and I thank you for being here. So what did I choose for the final Reason?
Some people say this is the final word on comics. Might as well make it the final Reason. Continue Reading »
The penultimate Reason is here! As for the missing entries, some wonderful guest writers have stopped by to fill in the holes in the archive. I’ll rig up a catch-all post later so you don’t miss out on any of the retconned-in entries, but for now, you can dive into the archive and go hunting.
Today, however, I turn on the wayback machine to propel us back, back in time, to the strange, delirious days of… 1993! Wait, no, that can’t be right. It must be… Continue Reading »
Today’s featured comic might jump out at you. Or something. Gosh, my intro gags are getting lamer and lamer. Oh well. Today’s star definitely isn’t lame! Except when he is on purpose. (Archive.) Continue Reading »
You better watch out, you better not cry, or someone’ll get stabbed right through the eye…! No? How about: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, er, just one creature was stirring, and he had a Mauser! There, that one’s a little better. Anyway, today’s Reason is about an excellent comic run I’ve discovered recently. (Archive.) Continue Reading »