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Meet the Writers

Now that I have your attention, I’d like to be perfectly candid about that possibly misleading title. I’m not a comic book writer. Instead, I write about comics. Still technically a writer though, so here we are. Deal with it.

I don’t have a cool origin story when it comes to my comic history. I didn’t grow up reading them, nor do I know anyone personally in the industry. To be frank, I’ve only been reading comics for slightly over a year. My first comic was the DC Universe Rebirth #1 one-shot, and I didn’t even buy it myself. In fact, it was a gift from a friend who was desperately trying to get me into a pop-culture genre he knew I’d be passionate about. And he was right. I haven’t stopped reading since.

While most of my reading has been from the current runs of comic publishers, I’ve been slowly reading further into the past histories of comics, as far back as the Silver-Age. That being said, you may be thinking, “this guy can’t possibly know the previous lore, breadth and histories of the titles he’s reading.” And you’d be correct. While I may not know the history as well as other readers, I try to figure it all out. All of my reading sessions are accompanied by a Wikipedia page of some sort and inevitably end up with me falling down a lore rabbit-hole and forgetting what I was looking up in the first place. What I’m trying to say is, there’s a damn good chance I’m going to say something stupid or uninformed in one of my articles. And when I do, let me know! I read and write about comics for enjoyment, and to learn more about a medium that I’m passionate about. I’m not, and will not pretend to be an expert. So please, help me out when I falter, so that one day, I too, can be a self-proclaimed expert and tell kids on the internet why they’re wrong.

That seemed like a great place to wrap up my bio, right? It was, but I’m not done yet. No bathroom breaks on the information super-highway. You should have gone before we left the house. Moving forward…

I read mainly DC, but also frequently pull from Dark Horse, Image, AfterShock, OniPress, and other indy publishers. “No Marvel?”, you may ask. On a rare occasion I’ll pull a title or two (Like R.L. Stine’s Man-Thing) but I’ve been disinterested since they personally slighted me with the Invincible Iron Man title. But that’s a story for another time. Let’s just say I enjoy reading a lot of different comics, from a lot of different people, about a lot of different things. I also have the privilege of visiting a new comic shop every 1-2 weeks due to the nature of my job.

What kind of content can you expect from me? I have absolutely no idea yet, I just write when the bug strikes. But feel free to tell me what kinds of things you’d like to see me write about, and I’ll lazily skim your suggestions. Or tell me what kinds of things you DON’T want me to write about, and I’ll lazily skim those too.

Thank’s for sticking with me for this long,

-ST

 

My Life with Comics and How to Start

I have loved superheroes since I was a child. They are larger than life, they define being awesome, and they inspire hope. I was first introduced to superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man by watching cartoons. My interest in them has slowly increased over time. I’ve watched movies like The Dark Knight and The Avengers. I’ve played video games like Batman: Arkham City and Injustice. These characters continue to branch out through all mediums. Recently, I listened to an EP created for DC Comics’ character Black Canary. My point is, if you find your interest in these characters growing, you will eventually want to start reading comic books. The medium in which these characters were created.

 

However, beginning with comic books can seem daunting. Where do you start? Why are different books for the same character labeled volume 1? How does it all tie-in together? I know the feeling, as I only started reading comics three years ago while I was in college. I started by reading a Batman title and a Nightwing title. I started with a volume 1, and I have been going ever since. Getting into reading comics may seem overwhelming with how much material the companies have published over the last 75 years, but you just need to start like I did. Pick a character that you like and start where ever you can by looking for recommended books. You will enjoy the stories as you go, as well as begin to understand the characters and how they connect with each other.

 

Over the past three years, I have found I love characters that I did not even know existed. I have found depth to characters that may seem simple or one-dimensional from the outside. Most importantly, I have found passion in a hobby that reminds me of my childhood.

And then there was a beginning…

I love comics; it’s as simple as that. Reading, collecting, and discussing comics has been a major hobby of mine since I was a kid and today is the day I share my interest with the world, and thus…The Watchtower. This blog is being launched by a team of individuals dedicated to creating a resource for anyone who wants a medium for discussion, reviews, recommendations and a multitude of various resources. Although we are starting small, our goal for this site is to become a “go to” source for any comic book readers, new or old, to get their comic fix!

Things to look out for:

  • Weekly reviews on new releases
  • Series Reviews
  • Recommendations
  • Artist Spotlights

The Watchtower will focus on the aforementioned list as the site “gets its legs”, and as it grows, our output of information will grow as well. We hope to bring you quality reviews, interesting viewpoints, & thorough analysis on stories, but most importantly we hope to bring you enjoyment from an incredible hobby that we have all love so much!

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