These days with a new comic-based movie or television series being released practically every other month, more and more people are beginning to take their first tentative steps into the world of comic books. But, for many, the comic landscape seems incredibly daunting because so many well-known series’ have been in publication for decades and it’s difficult to know where to begin. That’s why we’ve decided to step in and put together this list of a few helpful tips that are sure to make things easier for anyone thinking of getting more serious about serialized fiction.
8. Visit Your Local Comic Book Store
Although some comic book stores are known to only to cater to aficionados and connoisseurs, for the most part you’ll probably find they are staffed by helpful people who are more than eager to help anyone who wants to get into comics. These clerks can become an invaluable resource for budding readers because they can tell you all about what’s currently popular or recommend good titles based on your specific interests. They can even put together a special “pull list” for you so you won’t have to worry about rushing to the store to get the latest issue before it sells out.
Comic book stores are basically a community hub for people who are really into reading and pop-culture. One of the best parts of reading comic books is the social connection you immediately feel with other people who read the same things you do. You’ve probably never seen anyone more engaged in a conversation than two fans debating about whether or not Lois Lane could survive sex with Superman, or why a financially insecure Spider-Man doesn’t make millions by selling his ingenious web fluid to a materials science company. Comic stores are just a great place to meet people who might share your interests — plus, you’ll be supporting a local business in the process.