Getting into print comics

When I was in high school, I was a webcomic geek. I literally read hundreds of webcomics, I had an elaborate system of bookmarks so I could find all the comics that updated on a given day without having to load any that I knew wouldn't have. I did that for a few reasons. 1.) I liked most of the comics I read. (That one's important.) (I still read, and love, several webcomics.) 2.) I felt inadequate as a geek -- geeks as a community was a thing by then, but it was easy to feel alienated from it. 3.) They were free, and I didn't have to drive to get them.

That last one was the main reason I didn't read print comics. Print comics cost money, and I have to actually go to a comics shop to buy them.

Unfortunately for my teenage self-esteem, being really knowledgeable about webcomics wasn't in anyone's opinion equivalent geek cred to being really knowledgeable about print comics. And sort of unfortunately? for now-me, though really vastly more fortunately than unfortunately, my self-esteem is far less dependent now on external systems of pseudo-objective achievements and more on my ability to meet and exceed my own ideas of success and be a positive force in the lives of people close to me.

That said, I have enough money now, and enough of a car, to read print comics. And it's pretty cool. I've been picking up the new Ms. Marvel, and Rat Queens, and (since the minimum debit card purchase at my comic shop is $5) one other first-issue of something else pretty much every month.

That's all. Just wanted to say that (a.) dear teenage me, eventually you get there, and (b.) dear teenage me, other things matter more, and you'll get the hang of that -- which means it'll be a lot easier to enjoy both web and print comics as entertainment.