Comic Books

My Recent Reads

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Back in March I posted here about changes that were coming in the frequency of my posts and changes I was making to my reading habits. My reading habit has most definitely increased. I just updated my reading list with the books I have read over the past several months as well the couple of books I am reading right now. Be sure to check out my full reading list, but here are just a couple of books to give you an idea of what I have been reading lately:

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

By Martin W. Sandler

This was just a fascinating and fun read. I am huge history buff and living in Florida has brought out an extreme curiosity in shipwrecks. The story of the Whydah and how to went from being a slave ship to one of the most treasure-laden pirate ships of all time before being sunk in a nasty storm and then found is both entertaining and educational. A perfect summer read.

“They vilify us, the scoundrels do, when there is only this difference: they rob the poor under the cover of law, and we plunder the rich under the protection of our own courage.”

Postal Volume 1

By Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill

Postal is a comic book series written by Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill and it is not your ordinary comic book. Postal is about a town named Eden in Wyoming that is populated by convicts living together in peace. The main character, Mark, is a postal carrier in the town and has Asperger syndrome. I like this comic because it is different and it highlights a syndrome that most people know little about. It’s a well written story, but it is graphic and definitely not a comic for young readers.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

By Matthew Walker PhD

This book is a must read for everyone as is highlights the importance of sleep and totally shatters the myths out there about how much sleep we all need and what the impacts of lack of sleep are on our society. Here is quote that should get you thinking. If a major insurance company is literally willing to put it’s money on this then there must be something there:

”The giant insurance company Aetna, which has almost fifty thousand employees, has instituted the option of bonuses for getting more sleep, based on verified sleep-tracker data.”

Free Comic Book Day

The following is a guest post from my daughter Erica Owens...

Free comic book day is tomorrow and that’s extremely exciting. I’ve personally never been to this before. I buy comic books once a week at Viera Comics in Florida.

My favorite place for comics!

My favorite place for comics!

The atmosphere at Viera Comics is inviting and friendly. Getting free comic books sounds pretty great. There are comic stores everywhere in the country, find your local store and take your family or friends.

I talked to the owner of Viera Comics, Peter. He told me about the events going on tomorrow at his store. Obviously there are going to be free comics available, 10 per family. They are special editions for this day only. They cost the store 20-35 cents a book. So, while you are there, buy something to support your local comic shop and to say thank you for hosting this event. There will also be other things happening within the shop. Peter has, Kyoki Cubed, an artist coming in to do sketches for the guests. Cosplayers will be in costume to take pictures with, and characters from Make ‘Em Laugh Films. There will be a raffle for prizes. For every $10 you spend, you get one entry into the raffle (which could be for something like a CGC comic or a statue, however, he is still firming up the details of the raffle).

This event brings the community together to read and celebrate comic books. Take your friends and family and go experience the life of comic books. You don’t have to be an avid comic book reader, everyone is welcome, there is a series for everyone. Happy Free Comic Book Day!

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