Thursday, May 28, 2015

Armchair BEA: Visual Expressions & Social Media

Visual Expressions: Comic Books!

I haven't always been interested in comic books. I was certainly encouraged to read them, though. My mother grew up having to hide her Thor and Conan the Barbarian comic books so whenever I expressed the slightest interest, she encouraged. Truly my mom is awesome!

It wasn't until a little before grad school that I really got interested in comic books and graphic novels. This interest was sparked by a combination of reading The Watchmen for a class and getting interested in web comics. I actually credit Looking for Group with being my first ever web comic. I'm still reading everything that they're posting. 

My first real comic book series that I got into was The Goon by Eric Powell (not for the faint of heart). This is the series that I fall back on when I am in need of a quick, good read. Powell is great at capturing the dark side of the paranormal. I absolutely love this series and will continue to read it for as long as Powell writes it.

Social Media: To Each Their Own

When it comes to social media, I really did try to combine my blogging with facebook, but I learned quickly that I like to keep my "work life" and my family life separate. Facebook has become solely for family and friends that I've met in person. Twitter has become my book/blogging/gaming/hobby haven. I'm happy to have found my balance and am able to use both sites to help me out.

I have to admit, I do not use Instagram, Vine, or Tumblr. I've been tempted to use the first one, especially given how many Instagram challenges there are these days, but I just can't find the time to get into it. 


  1. The only combining I do of Facebook and my blog is that I post a link to my blog posts, but that's it. I'd rather focus my energies on Twitter when it comes to my blog. Plus, Twitter can be so much fun.

    I'm just starting to get into comic books. I'm reading the Marvel Star Wars ones, hoping it'll spark my interest enough to keep going and get into others. Any recommendations?

    1. It really depends on what genre you like. Comic books/manga cover them all.

      If you want something fun for all ages, I highly recommend Princeless by Jeremy Whitley.

      If you want a something more serious and supernatural, I recommend Witchfinder by Mike Mignola.

  2. But you use excellent GIFs! I keep a Facebook Page for my public writing and my personal one private. It's possible. Thanks for posting. Happy ABEA.

    1. Thanks! I know it's possible to have a separate facebook page, but I've never really found a need to create a separate page. I do my best work on Twitter. ^_^

  3. I tried Instagram, but it wasn't for me despite its popularity. It is less interaction and more look at me than I care for.