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Hello, I still exist.

July 14th, 2013 by Susie
A recent comment got me feeling all warm and fuzzy for read comics. I’ve been reading over some of my old posts. I did love posting here, though dear lord I had a serious comma addiction. I’ve been through treatment and mostly have it under control.
I haven’t been over here for a while since I’ve mostly been blogging on my own site about many things not just comics. I’ve been working on getting my writing career off the ground. It’s still pretty much on the ground at the moment, but it’s on a bit of an incline.
Since I’m here I should talk about comics. Even though I haven’t been writing about them, I’m still very much reading them. I can quit abusing commas, but comics is a habit I can’t kick.
One of my last posts was about the upcoming new Sandman miniseries. It now has a release date and is due to hit stores in October of this year. I can’t wait!
As for what I’m reading, staples Fables and the Unwritten continue to explore the secret life of fiction in new and imaginative ways. Buffy Season Nine is winding down. It hasn’t reached the heights that season eight did early on, but it’s also hasn’t been nearly as inconsistent. Meanwhile I’m enjoying spinoff Angel and Faith a little more than the main title, but both are building to what looks like strong conclusions. Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is probably my new favorite monthly series that premiered since I stopped posting here regularly. Here is an article that pretty much sums up my feelings about it and why you should be reading it. Another series I’ve been enjoying is Rachel Rising by Terry Moore. Like Echo was his take on a super heroes, this is his take on horror. And like Echo it’s been going in directions I couldn’t possibly predict. At times very creepy directions. His art as always is immersive and haunting. I also picked up at the library the first trades of Gail Simone’s Batgirl and Brian Michael Bendis’s All New X-Men. I quite enjoyed both. Barbara Gordon is one of my all time favorite characters and Simone’s take on her could easily become iconic. I haven’t read many X-Men titles, but I felt I knew enough to understand and enjoy Bendis’s time travel story. I’m looking forward to the next volumes of each.
I’ll try to come back to Read Comics a little more often, but this site is and always has been open to the public. Anyone with something to say is welcome to post.

Anybody want to buy a tee shirt?

June 24th, 2012 by Susie


If you are interested, I’ve put some of my drawings (including my idea of the ultimate super group above) on Red Bubble for sale as tee shirts and prints.

They can be found here.

Exciting News!

January 5th, 2012 by Susie

At least it’s exciting to me.  A short story I wrote was recently published in the anthology Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volume 3.  Im not posting about it because I’m proud of being published (okay maybe a little because of that) but because the story, titled Sister, is about superheroes and was heavily influenced by comic books.  I thought the readers of this blog might like that.

It’s available in paperback here:

Horror, Humor, and Heroes Vol. 3: New Faces of Science Fiction [paperback]

And on kindle here:

Horror, Humor, and Heroes Vol. 3: New Faces of Science Fiction [kindle]

The kindle edition is only $2.99, which is a pretty good deal for 24  stories.  Please note, I’m not making a dime off the sales of the anthology, I just want as many people that might want to read it to know about it.

We will return to our (not) regularly scheduled comics rambling, ranting, and spoofing in the next post.

New Webcomics Header in Rotation

November 8th, 2010 by Martin

Tonight I created a new banner image for It’s one I’d been meaning to make for a long time… instead of featuring panels from print comics, it’s all panels from webcomics I love. It joins the other three banners in rotation, and should randomly appear if you hit refresh enough times.

Here’s the new banner:
webcomics banner

I had to make some hard choices while making this, what to pull from and what to leave out. Here are the comics, from right to left:

  • XKCD‘s geek anthem needed including, of course.
  • User Friendly was probably one of the first webcomics I read with any regularity.
  • Don Hertzfeldt‘s famous Rejected video is probably the outlier here. It feels like a webcomic to me, but maybe just because I associate it with that early-internet-days “thrill of discovery” you got whenever you found a new link of note.
  • Rounding out the top row, Jesus and Mo is a new-to-me webcomic that’s both hysterical and irreverently poignant.
  • Axe Cop, another new-ish webcomic, is notable for both its hilarity and the fact that its author is a 5 year old kid.
  • Dr. McNinja is both a doctor… and a ninja.
  • I managed to squeeze a tiny frame of Penny Arcade in there. In case you’ve somehow been living in a webcomic void, it’s mostly about videogaming, and sometimes features snarky comments reviewing the latest games. This frame is from one of their first comics, and if you follow the link, you’ll see that they were all about the reviews right from the start.
  • Underneath Penny Arcade is a piece of Scott McCloud‘s very early webcomic, My Obsession With Chess.
  • PvP is another classic videogame webcomic. Notably different from Penny Arcade in that it has characters that do stuff.
  • Order of the Stick is an awesome D&D parody. I almost replaced it because its bright colors made it stand out, but I spent a lot of time finding a panel with all the main characters in it (that I liked). Plus, it was great to get the fighter saying “.org”.
  • It’s possible I thought myself really clever when I positioned these characters from Sinfest underneath Jesus and Mo. Sinfest is a webcomic that I found looking through old bookmarks. I was happy to see they still appear to be coming out.
  • Finally, Little Gamers is another comic I had in my aging bookmarks file. (And no, I didn’t do the right corner last, it just happened that way.)

New banner for!

June 25th, 2009 by florence

Check out the new banner that Mike created!

The banners will rotate randomly.  Right now only two are in rotation, and I have a clear preference for the new one with Serenity prominently featured.

Update [07/30/2009] (by marty): Now there are three in rotation! See all three below.
Second Update [11/08/2010] (by marty): Now there are four in rotation! You can see the new one here.

You can click on each one to see them full sized.
Mike's New Header (#3)
Mike's Header (#2)
Mike's Header (#1 - v.4)

Sidebar Love

July 20th, 2008 by Martin

Three changes to the sidebar today:

  1. The latest podcast title is now displayed, with a link to the podcast category archive.
  2. The latest book club data book/time is now displayed — This uses the excerpt, so when you’re creating a new Book Club entry, you’ll want to keep that in mind.
  3. We now list all our authors, with links to the author archives for each person.

Have any thoughts or suggestions about our sidebar? Leave a comment!

The First ReadComics Podcast EVER

April 22nd, 2008 by Martin

We finally did it! We finally recorded our first podcast. Download it now to listen to us get completely off topic constantly. It takes us a bit to get warmed up, but there is some comic book stuff in there, really, honest.

The Podcast – Issue 1 (55 min, 25 MB)

Join us as we talk about Superman Confidential, Shia LeBeouf, Adam Among The Gods, Echo, women’s body issues in comics, Iron Man, Ex Machina, bathhouses, going to Wizard World, Secret Invasion, and David Hasselhoff in what could be his best role ever. on WordPress 2.5!

April 6th, 2008 by Martin

I just upgraded wordpress to the latest version, which was a relatively major upgrade. Things look different on the admin side! So for all of you readers who are also contributors, look out! I’m curious what everyone thinks of the changes. The file uploader is supposed to be totally different now, so I’ll find out in a minute here whether that’s better.

Long Distance Web Comic Collaboration

March 26th, 2008 by Martin

So… I’ve mentioned to a few people that I might have some interest in creating my own web comic. But now I’ve got a better idea… if we all collaborate, then it’s less work for me!

One of the problems is that none of us can draw… so this way when it sucks, it’s nobody’s fault in particular!

My only real plot idea is that it’d be a bunch of robots standing around talking about how much humans suck.

I’m picturing some really simple line drawings of robots at first. I think it’d be really cool if everybody did their own, and then we unveiled them all to each other at the same time. Maybe everyone does one robot to start out with, in say… three different poses? That should give us plenty of art work to do our first three panel webcomic. We can always write the captions after we choose the art. I (for some no doubt baseless reason) think that’ll be the easy part.

So who’s in?

Links and Sidebar Stuff

March 24th, 2008 by Martin

Astute readers will notice that I’ve spruced up our sidebar a little bit. I’d like to add a few more links, but I don’t really have a vision yet for which ones should go on there. Same goes for what categories of links we should use.

Anyone have any good ideas? Know of any absolute MUST LINK sites? Just about the only thing I know I don’t want to do is start listing stuff just for the sake of putting it on there. I’m thinking right now that I don’t want to list webcomics, or artists, because we’d just end up with a massive list that would be near-impossible to maintain.

Another question I had was whether we should create an “about” page. We could use it to post brief bios that link to our personal sites (for those of us who have them), and move those links off the sidebar of the main pages. Ideas, thoughts, links?

Mike’s New Header

March 9th, 2008 by Martin

Mike hasn’t even written any articles yet, but he made us this great header instead of sleeping last night. Yay Mike!