Geeklings, I come to you today as a happy brother. On Sunday I went to my sister’s house to watch the first half of the abysmal Giants game, god they are all types of awful (and that’s being nice), and something happened. I was sitting on the couch playing with my niece and Jennifer comes out of nowhere to show me her iPad. And there sat the app for Comixology. An app I had been pushing towards my sister for a while now. Just sitting there like it’s nothing. The coolest part of its arrival is I haven’t prompted her to read comics in some time. I pick my moments. Yet, there was the app. Plain as day.
Jen proceed to ask me to explain how to use the app, which I did. She couldn’t figure out how to buy books from the app and the thing is, you can’t. Comixology is owned by Amazon which means you can’t buy books through the app on Apple products. Kind of like the Amazon app. It’s annoying but I’ve been dealing with it for so long now it’s second nature, but I understand how it could be frustrating for someone looking to use the app for the first time.
Once that was explained, I went home and ordered my sister a number of comics. I have been pushing her in this direction for so long I would be remiss not to start her off with some awesome books. I got her the first issues of Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Y the Last Man, Saga, and Jason Aaron’s Thor run. And she read them! Well, most of them. While she wasn’t crazy about Saga, which I’m having trouble processing, she really enjoyed Ms. Marvel (I knew she would) and Hawkeye (which kind of surprised me). All of this is so overwhelmingly exciting.
For the longest time, Jen fought me on reading comics, claiming that she didn’t know how to read them. A common complaint from new readers. But with the help of the panel by panel reading in Comixology I’m starting to believe that I can make her a somewhat casual fan. At least reading some classic graphic novels and maybe subscribing to a series or two. But let’s not get carried away. Let’s rope her in first and then boom wallet issues. Hell, I haven’t even directed her towards Batman or Batgirl books. Welcome to the dark side sister! (insert evil laughter here)
Oh, Geeklings, if you have any comic or graphic novel for suggestions please list them in the comments below or on the Facebook page. Let’s give Jen a deep catalog of books to go through.