I found this amazing website on my search for more Star Wars comics, graphic novels and regular books.
Their name is “Star Wars Books & Comics” — easy enough, right? Simple and to the point. Nice one.
This website lists the known books in a sort of chronological order, depending on their ‘era of adventure‘ as well as places to read or buy them.
It is so amazing. I’m in love.
This must have been so much work.
This week’s 5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today.
Over the past 10-15 years, I’ve gone through a metamorphosis.
I’ve changed from a weird, awkward preteen to a weird, awkward adult (who’s way more at peace with herself with a better sense of style).
I’ve gone back and forth between hiding what I like and being proud of what I’m into. Life is weird. I’ve settled at mostly being proud (although that Yaoi phase was a real kicker, ha).
But, to get to who I am today, here are 5 Fandoms that made me into who I am today.
1). Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a big gateway fandom for me, mostly because I started so young, and that’s what geared me towards my fantasy and scifi book preferences today.
I was 9 or 10 (maybe even 11) when the first book came out, so it felt like I was reading about kids just like me. Especially Hermione, as I was a weird-toothed, bushy haired, nerdy girl myself.Plus, the books came out as I aged with them, so it felt like I grew up with the characters. It needed up being a really important part of my life. My mom would drive me to the bookstores for the midnight releases (one year, we discovered that going two towns over, to the tiny Walmart, was the best way to buy it without waiting in line). I think my technical first cosplay was actually as Hermione- I dressed as her when I was 17 to go to a Harry Potter release party with my friends! We even played ‘quidditch’ in the back yard (i.e., we tied hoops to the trees, ran around the yard with brooms between our legs, and tried to throw balls in the hoops).Good times. That’s a gateway I don’t regret crossing through.
Does this count as a fandom? Because it definitely should. Goosebumps books were the things as a kid that made me get into creepy things and horror (although reading them now shows me that they seriously aren’t scary). But, those stories helped me learn that I had fun being ‘artificially scared’- like going to haunted houses, watching horror movies, and reading spooky books. Without Goosebumps (and their dozens of super interesting books for kids), I really doubt that would be a part of my identity now (which coincidentally would change my entire friend group)!
3). Star Trek
I didn’t get into Star Trek until a little bit later, developmentally- and I’ll be the first to admit that I originally watched it as a gag. I thought young Shatner was super cute, and I loved things that poked fun at his acting style. But then, a few episodes in, it suddenly became very, very important to me. I loved the diversity of the cast (especially considering the age of the show), and I’ve always been IN LOVE with space. So, if you piece together amazing people having fun and adventures in deep space, you’ve pegged my dream genre. I started with TOS, but as things have moved on, I’m even really digging the new reboot, honestly. I even have a Leonard Nimoy Spock plushie, and a Kirk plushie that a great friend won for me from a machine! I also met William Shatner for my birthday this year!!! (How did I not start with that????)
4). “Adult Animation”
Honestly, I think all animation is ‘adult animation,’ but what I actually mean here is animated series with adults as their specific audience. Flat out, I NEED to mention Futurama, and I also really like Bob’s Burgers. I won’t lie, I started with the genre back when I was 9-10, watching Family Guy, then American Dad, etc. But the two that I love the most, and will never tire of are Futurama and now, more recently, Bob’s Burgers. Futurama fit in with my love for space, craving to know what the future was like, and my need for humor. One of the best parts to me is that they”re mostly just regular people in the future. I love it. I still binge watch Futurama and Bob’s burgers all the time. They’re definitely two of my favorite shows ever.
5). Pokemon and Digimon
These used to be real big for me as a kid. My brothers and I used to LOOOOVE Pokemon so much- we’d play a game where we launched ourselves at the couch while yelling out names of Pokemon. Somehow, I almost always yelled “Tauros” – despite him not being my favorite. I just thought it was so funny to charge at the couch, like a bull, and yell it out. I also remember my sister waking me up on weekends, asking if I watched to watch Digimon down in her room, in the early mornings. It was very special for me, since my sister is 10 years older. I had this cool teenager that I looked up to, with a private room on the other side of the house, waking me up to watch a cartoon she knew I liked. It’s a good memory for me. The Digimon movie ended up being my favorite for YEARS. I saw it in theaters at a big point in my life – it was right after my parents divorced, and I was moved three states away. It was something familiar in a new places, and I clung to it. I loved it so much. I STILL love the Digimon movie to the moon and back. The Pokemon movies are also always fun, and I still have some old cards and my Pikachu slippers!
Those are 5 ‘Fandoms’ that have essentially shaped who I am now. I’m sure there will be more in the future- but right now, these all were (and most still are) very important to me.
Alright, this is the only time you’ll hear me say this, so savor it: this time, I kind of feel like Junji Ito let me down. This is my least favor of his works.
I don’t hate it, but it’s not my favorite.
It is still worth a read, though. Decide for yourself.
Title: Tomie Author: Junji Ito Status: Completed (3 Volumes) Genres: Horror, Josei, Supernatural, Tragedy, Drama Synopsis: These terse tales of terror tell the story of a high-school girl named Tomie, who can be seen as a living embodiment of lust and all the negative emotions that go along with it, such as jealousy. Tomie is the ultimate self-destructive entity, yet ironically she survives anything. She is identified by a mole under her left eye. She possesses an undisclosed power to make anyone fall in love with her. Through sleight of hand, or emotional manipulation, she drives these men into jealous rages that inevitably lead to brutal acts of violence. Men kill each other over her; and girls are sometimes driven to jealous rages as well. Tomie is inevitably killed time and again, only to regenerate. Tomie is cursed to go on forever in this way.
This one’s a short and sweet horror manga story; a fast, good ole oneshot.
Written, of course, by my fav. horror manga artist- Junji Ito.
It’s a fast, creepy read. Details below.
Title: The Enigma of Amigara Fault Author: Junji Ito Status: Completed Genres: Horror, Mystery, Romance, Oneshot Synopsis: An earthquake revealed a mysterious wall with thousands of deep, human-shaped holes – each hole is a perfect shape for someone. When a person finds his “hole,” he is compelled to enter … but the hole is such that he can’t turn around or go back. What happened to those who walk into their holes?
I’m back with another reading recommendation.
This time, it’s another manga title.
I loved this one. It’s short, creepy, and the artist/author is one of my favorites for horror mangas.
I know ‘fish with legs’ may not be something that interests a lot of people, but for real. Give it a shot. I loved it, and started reading it based on loving Uzumaki.
[Source: Viz Media]
Author: Junji Ito Status: Completed (2 Volumes) Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-fi, Seinen, Tragedy Synopsis: Something is rotten in Okinawa…the floating stench of death hangs over the island..What is it? A strange, legged fish appears on the scene…so begins Tadashi and Kaori’s spiral into the horror (and stench) of the sea. [Source: Viz Media]
608 pages of comic goodness- it’s the classic Star Wars saga translated into comic format.
It’s also surprisingly affordable.
Title: Star Wars Omnibus- The Complete Saga
Author: Archie Goodwin et. al
Illustrator: AL Williamson el. al
Universe: Star Wars, Marvel
Synopsis:The comics adaptations of the complete Star Wars film saga – in one volume! From Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s fateful encounter with Darth Maul to Luke Skywalker’s victory over the Sith and Darth Vader’s redemption, it’s all here! Produced over the decades as the movies – including the Special Edition of Episode IV: A New Hope – were released, the creative credits read like a Who’s Who of comics greatness. This is a true collector’s package! [Amazon]
I won’t lie- this can be a violent confusing book. but it is a classic, and I recommend reading through it at least once.
Title: A Clockwork Orange
Author: Anthony Burgess
Genres: Dark, Violent, Future,
Synopsis: A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to “redeem” him, the novel asks, “At what cost?” [Amazon]