As a kid, I adored comics, but never collected comic books. The occasional Archie comic digest that found its way into my hands was read and re-read until the cover fell off. I developed a strong taste for Mad magazine’s Don Martin and the Funky Winkerbean strip (being a saxophone player in a marching band), and once I started reading a daily newspaper I got into Calvin and Hobbes and Doonesbury.
Today I’ll admit to having a few anthologies and very few single books — mostly Cory Doctorow short story based comics published by IDW.. My comic reading now happens online, which is good because no trees are killed, but bad because I’m always finding new strips to follow (and much time is killed).
The current cast of characters that I follow with the ferver once reserved for “LA Law” and “Third Watch” includes:
One of these days, I’ll start drawing my own comic based on our beer league hockey team. I think we’re funny, sometimes unintentionally, but I’m not sure I have more than a dozen strip ideas.