I’m more settled into my new home. My Flow space is still a mess but I guess it’s supposed to be since it’s going to be a lot of artwork in progress happening here. The lighting here is great during the day. Although the window sort of face another block of building, I have a view of the recreational park in the building and a lake across the highway.

In mid-June, we went to check out this commercial place called Tamarind Square in the neighboring town near our new place. There’s this bookstore that I had been to in their other branches but this one opens 24 hours and I would say it’s the biggest I’ve been so far. It has a nice section dedicated to graphic novels and comics. I went crazy! I only bought one Marvel visual chronicle book and a visual catalogue kind of book by Threadless. I’m going back to this store tomorrow and I can’t wait!

Okay, enough of my personal ramblings about my current life. Let’s get to what I’ve explored so far in the month of June. I think I’ve pretty much found what I want to dive deep into. I sort of married my love for literature and visual arts. So, that led me to comic arts!

As I’ve mentioned before, I used to draw when I was a kid and I created my own comic book. It’s not something entirely new to me so I’m picking up where I left off. That was more than two decades ago and I have lots to catch up for sure. Being a gamer and a huge Marvel fan helps a lot as I’ve been exposed to superheroes and animated characters along the way.

I enrolled in this EdX course called The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture and it’s taught by Dr. Michael Uslan. The course also featured Stan Lee! My purpose was to learn the history of comic books and how it came to influence our culture. I would highly recommend this course to any comic fans. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been reading comics for years or just getting started, it’s truly nice to learn the history and the artists that influenced the industry.

Apart from that, I was binge-watching Behind the Artist on Curiosity Stream as well to learn more about the artistic world of Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Books I Read in June

Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book

By Jordan Raphael and Tom Spurgeon

Even non-comic fans would have heard of Stan Lee but they probably known him as the cameo guy in every MCU movies. Some people may even think he founded Marvel Comics. Apart from brief stories I read about Stan Lee, I didn’t really know much about his influence on the comic industry so I thought I’d pick up this book and read more about it. It was a wonderful read indeed.

The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir

By Michael E. Uslan

…and I’m the girl who loved batman! This book is written by the professor who taught the online course called The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture in which I enrolled via EdX. I was so fascinated with his passion and interests in comic books. He talked extensively about the origin on comics and how it shaped the pop culture particularly in the US.

So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?: The Ultimate Guide on How to Break Into Comics!

By Philip Amara

You don’t need to want to be a comic book artist to read this but I also highly recommend this book to new comic artists or writers. It’s a simple but thorough read to understand the world of comics from every angle. I’m only half way through the book. I’ll share more when I complete the read.