Every so often people ask me why I read comics. For most people, the last time they saw a comic was probably in elementary school, and involved either Jughead or someone who can’t remember to put heir underwear on UNDER their tights.
But, comics have come a long way. Modern comics should be viewed more as a medium (such as television or movies) as opposed to a genre. People say, “I don’t read comics.” But, you rarely hear people say, “I don’t watch TV,” or “I don’t watch movies.” Our memories of super heroes color our perception of the new reality. Comics are much more than superheroes. They are westerns and romance and science fiction and mysteries and horror and even a few slice of life comics. Sure, the comic world is still dominated by capes and tights, but that doesn’t mean that is everything. Can you imagine if we judged all of television based on a rerun of the 1960′s Batman tv show?
As we enter fall, and creep towards Halloween, I thought it would be a good time to highlight a few scary comics available for free on line. I highly encourage you to take the time to check out some of these!
The Enigma of Amigara Fault
This comic originally appeared in the back of a manga magazine. While it barely made any impact when published, it has since been circulated on the internet and taken on an almost urban legend status. The suspense builds slowly but surely, and the reveal at the end will stay with you for quite a while.
This is based on the writer and artist’s true experience while visiting “The Stain.” The Stain is a real location on the Ohio University campus. It was formed when a mental patient laid down and died on the cement floor. Her body left a human-shaped stain. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
The Walking Dead
I have written about The Walking Dead before. It is by far one of the best comics being published today. The set-up is very reminiscent of 28 Days Later, but the story takes its cues more from the classic Night of the Living Dead. The writer (Robert Kirkman) focuses more on the human interactions than the blood and gore. The link allows you to read the entire first issue. Collections of the comic are available cheap on Amazon (and well worth the money).
30 Days of Night
The premise for this vampire story is brilliant: The town of Barrow, Alaska is so far north, it is plunged in to darkness for 30 days every winter. During this extended nightfall, the town is over-run by vampires. What makes this comic so unique is the art work of Ben Templesmith. It is crazy, suggestive, and relies heavily on the imagination to fill in the scary details. I could only find the above preview. But, since the movie was released a few years ago, the collection of comics is available cheap from Amazon.
I hope you took the time to read some (hopefully all) of the comics. I would love to hear if you found something interesting or exciting, or even if you found it terrible. If nothing else, I will have been successful by just getting people to experience something new and different. Who knows, maybe next time I will cover the exciting, yet sometimes disturbing world of erotic comics!