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4th book I read this year – Understanding Gamers

Well, it’s not a novel, but a graphic novel.

I’ve been a fan of Dork Tower for a long time. I’m pretty sure Wil Wheaton blogged about it about it at some point which is what brought it to my attention and I was hooked ever since. I could be wrong. I rarely remember where I discovered something.

At any rate, I bought a swag box during a sale at Dork Tower and this book came in the box. I wasn’t expecting it and it was an enjoyable surprise.

One day I need to review all those I support over on Patreon, of which Dork Tower and John Kovalic at one.

The book in question is from 2003 so unless you’ve been involved in geek culture for a LONG time, some of the moments will be missed. For me, it was like a trip down memory lane as I remember many of the events noted in the book and got a chuckle at how they were portrayed. Lots of fun to be had.

A Patreon I support.

I back a good number of Kickstarter campaigns, a majority of them comics. I also follow a good number of webcomics online and in my blog feed.

Then there’s Patreon. This is different. I’m very particular where I spend my money. I wish I had unlimited funds to back every creator I’d love to support on Patreon. I know this can, for many, be a great source of income. As a creator, I’ve given thought to starting a Patreon account for monthly fiction, perhaps some audio work, even my books.

But this isn’t about me. This is about a particular webcomic I support on Patreon and why.

Ike and Joe by Nathaniel Gold.

This is one of many webcomics I found on Instagram and started following the blog. The simple art style grabbed me. The fact some of the characters are some type of monster interested me. The snark and one-liners kept me coming back.

When I say “simple art style” I mean this is reminiscent of Sunday funnies like Garfield and Peanuts with its influence. I mean, look at the banner graphic. It’s like Charlie Brown and Linus standing behind a wall having a conversation. Or John Arbuckle talking to Garfield on the counter. Even though the characters, settings, and colors are very different from your standard Sunday funny, there are elements of those classic comics.

Staying in the Garfield and Peanuts vein, we also have a pet in the comic, Theo, that has his own adventures and witty snark. A female love interested that shuns all affection, Eileen. Even a robot…oh, wait, that’s different from the other comics. But BOB is a great robot counterpart to the overall comic. Even Paul, the hairy, weird friend joins in the fun.

It’s a simple cast and if you read the comic for a week or two, you’ll know all the characters involved and catch on to their personalities quickly. It’s a great comic because you can jump in at any point without long running storylines that force you to go back years to understand an inside joke.

Why do I support Ike and Joe? Because it makes me laugh the way the funny pages used to make me laugh. It’s got instant nostalgia, an interesting coloring style, and a fun cast of characters. As I said at the start, I wish I had infinite funds to support more creators and at higher levels than I currently do. Check out Ike and Joe. It might be a comic for you, and if you like it enough, check out their Patreon.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

I’m a reader before I’m a writer.

One thing I don’t like about the kindle tracking my reading progress with my reading goal for the year…or my days/weeks/months reading…it doesn’t take into account the days I read physical media.

I read. Like, I read a LOT. Not just books, short stories, and magazines. I also read news articles. Mostly politics, science, astronomy, and the like. I also read a good number of writer blogs and web comics.

In today’s video I mention Kill Six Billion Demons. I purchased the first two books off Amazon and I’m currently reading the webcomic on Comic Rocket (a website that will remember which page you’re on with a webcomic). First, Comic Rocket is great for, not only discovering new web comics, but also remembering where you’re at in your reading of a given web comic. I know it’s frustrating trying to remember where you’re at when reading a long running comic and not remembering your place.

At any rate, I’ve been reading a lot of older Marvel comics. Lots of old Ditko and Kirby comics. The stories are weak, yes. But then these comics were intended for kids. Villains explain in great detail what their plans are and every character talks…a lot. And then they talk some more. Lots of thought bubbles. There’s never a question as to what is happening.

I’m not reading most of the dialogue. I’m going through and looking at the artwork and being amazed at how many comics some artists were putting out in a given month. Truly amazing.

Back to KSBD. This isn’t a comic for kids. It’s not an adult comic, but it covers some weird topics that, unless you’re a little versed in various religious backgrounds, it’ll go over your head. That artwork is intense and visually strange. I was draw to this one much like all comics I’ve been drawn to over the years. The artwork. Topped off with a fun story, that’s keeping me around even more.

As I said at the start, I read a lot. My kindle doesn’t track all my reading. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s annoying knowing I’ve a far longer streak than the device will give me credit for. Darn it.

I wish I could support every artist I find on the web. I do. There is so much great content out there. I do what I can. When I can’t do anything financially, I’ll do it through this blog with reviews.

That said, what are some web comics you’re reading? I’d love to know. I’ve got so many, that it’d be hard to come up with a quick list. Perhaps someday I will.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Audio Only: https://anchor.fm/jr-murdock/episodes/5-a-Day-With-Jay—0134-e10pk7l