Friday, January 3, 2014

Genuine Comic Book Addiction

I find it funny that, in my quest to acquire more comics, I've reached this threshold that bars me from consuming further. In fact, there are a few comics that I bought nearly a year ago that I still haven't finished yet. Imagine that. I've finally become what I hate most.

A comic book collector!

My house steadily fills up with more and more books every day. The Sandman book is partially responsible. There's just so much for us to learn out there, so many books to read! I remember the show The Journey of Allen Strange, where the alien could read books by placing his hand on them. God! what a power. I wish I could do that.

Despite my recent addictions, I did have an epiphany of sorts last night. It happened during a date I had with my wife. We were talking about writing and the struggles of producing material when I subconsciously unearthed a gem of wisdom that was rather uncanny. It was prompted by this author Christie Hsiao who "wrote" a book. Much of it was ghost written by my friend, hence my emphasis. Her attempts of putting out a book have struck me as nothing short of fascinating. I've heard of promoting a book before, but the extent to which she has gone to cultivate what she must imagine to be the next Harry Potter franchise is incredible. I thought people wrote books because they liked to write books? Thank the lord I'm not a trust fund baby.

Anyways, it seems to me that when we write the objective is to impart a narrative to an audience... somewhere... out there... My "gem" however added with that conclusion the desire on the author's part to give up some of his/her's personality as well. That's what makes us read books. When I pick up a Grant Morrison work, I think to myself, "Gads! What a book! This Grant fellow knows how to spin a yarn!" I don't think that my reactions are quite that extreme, but you understand what I mean. Great books have great characters that reflect their authors. That's why we have favorite authors. It is also the source of my addiction.

My same friend has been in the business for quite some time and is hopefully able to get an agent to represent me. Sounds cool, huh? Let us pause and hope for the best.

That's all for today. See you next week!


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