I’ve only very recently gotten back into the swing of collecting comic books again – when I was a kid, I used to collect Simpsons Comics pretty religiously, and collected stuff that Mixxzine/Tokyopop put out when I was a teenager. However, when I was in college, I sort of fell out of the collecting habit – I’d pick up a few comics here and there, like assorted Pokemon comics and the occasional manga, but not with any sort of regularity.
Then the Sailor Moon manga started being re-released, sometime last year, and I realized that I HAD to get them. I mean, they were re-translated, presented in their original right-to-left format, and published in a sturdier format than the Mixxzine/Tokyopop editions that would fall apart after one or two reads. And then from there, I was lost, haha. Especially when My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic started releasing a comic series. (For those that don’t know me, I am a HUGE My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan. I mean, come on, I’m sitting here writing this while wearing a Pinkie Pie hoodie and mismatched Twilight Sparkle and Derpy Hooves socks!) Of course I had to start collecting those. And in the process, I started picking up some Adventure Time comics, too.
When it comes to the MLP:FiM comics, I knew I was going to get those right from the start, as soon as they were announced. I wasn’t sure if they’d be good or not, but hey, if they weren’t, I could at least hang onto the first issue as some sort of collector’s item, right? I read the first issue as soon as I left the comic book shop, and it was good. I mean, really good. It picked up where season 2 left off with one of the villains from the series, Chrysalis (queen of the Changelings), and what she got herself up to in Equestria after our heroines last encountered her. I won’t talk too much about the content of these comics, especially for those who haven’t read them yet and want to – all I will say is that if you enjoy MLP:FiM at all, and enjoy comics, you’ll love the pony comics. And if you’re a comic collector, there are so very many alternate covers out there for each issue – I’ve only been collecting the covers from Hot Topic, but there are far more covers available. Issue one alone has 19 different covers, and issue two has 13! So, yeah. Definitely plenty of reasons to pick up some pony comics.
The Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake comics, those were something of a bonus. The comic shop I visit, Vintage Phoenix, tends to keep their MLP comics on the same rack as they do the Adventure Time comics. When I went in January to pick up my monthly dose of pony, Fionna and Cake were there on the next shelf down – and I love Adventure Time (not nearly as much as I love MLP, though), and figured, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot. I absolutely love the gender-bending story line, and seeing all the opposite-gender counterparts to characters like Princess Bubblegum and Marceline (Prince Gumball and Marshall Lee, respectively) made me giggle. So, when I came in to pick up my comics this month, I added Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake to the pile!
I might do a monthly post about my comic book haul – depends on how many comics I end up getting, whether or not I add manga to the mix (after all, I am still getting those Sailor Moon volumes every other month!), and so on – we’ll see how stuff pans out!