So this turned up in this morning’s mail…

Chicks Dig Comics

One of my contributor copies of Chicks Dig Comics

My box of editor’s copies of Chicks Dig Comics. YAY!

I am so VERY PROUD of this book. Really. I want to thank all of our contributors, and most especially, my co-editor Sigrid Ellis. We done good.

Now, what shall I *do* with all of these copies, hmm? Perhaps a giveaway is in order?

Okay: Comment on my website or livejournal, telling me why *you* love comics. I’ll select a random winner from each blog. (US entries only, please.) Your deadline is MIDNIGHT (Central Time), APRIL 1st.

Remember, the official launch will be at C2E2, with a panel and a signing and everything!

And, of course, you can preorder the book at the usual places: Amazon,Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, & Powell’s. Ebook versions will also be available on the release date, so keep your eyes peeled for ’em. 🙂


About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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9 Responses to So this turned up in this morning’s mail…

  1. Jessica says:

    Very cool!

    I personally love comics because I have a deep love of art. My mother and grandmother are fine artist, and I’ve always admired their work (paintings and sculptures) growing up. And then as I got older seeing their work in galleries really inspired me.

    When I was 12 I decided to collect comic books and I decided that I wanted to become a game designer when I grew up (because I loved sketching characters). I am one now, but more than that I’m also living beyond my dream and working as a comic colorist as well! I loving making video games and comics so much, its nearly unfair to call it work but that’s my story, and that’s why *I* love comics. 🙂


  2. J R says:

    (If I am not eligible, I apologise.)

    I dig comics as our escapism. They open a world – or worlds- where anything can, and does happen. Also, I have great childhood memories of my Dad bringing me home piles of them when he came home from deployment. Comics, especially the characters he read as a young man, are an easy and fascinating topic of conversation.


  3. bill norris says:

    My love for comics started the day my dad came home from his job out of town with the 3 per bag coverless comics you could get in truckstop gift shops. Then later a great friend introduced me to collecting and how to take care of my books with respect. He was my comic guru, we would take the 1 and 1/2hr drive with his mom to her StPaul workplace where we would roam from shop to shop and goof off til she was done at work. Then after moving to Oregon, i stalked my local comicshop til the day the owner gave up and gave a 15yr old kid a job, his dream job in comics which i worked for 13yrs. Sorry for the ramble, but this gives you an idea of my love for the printed funny books.


    • Lynne says:

      You are the winner! Please email your mailing address, and how you’d like the book inscribed, to lynnemthomas at gmail. 🙂


  4. Sally Rose says:

    I have loved comic since I was 5 yrs old. Would reads the Sunday funnies with my parents. Then found comic books. Traded them with friends, shared them with best friends. Loved the classic Wonder Woman as well as the Archie Comics. Later found the independent press comics. Got hooked on Love & Rockets & SiP. These days still reading Wonder Woman but also Lady Death, Fables, Grimm FairyTales & Rachel Rising.
    Looking forward to this book & the different essays included.


  5. I’ve collected comics since I was a kid. My parents used to get me the Asterix in spanish. I’d read them at the library too. Then after watching Superman, I started reading them Superman comics sporadically as I was growing up.

    Now they provide a great medium to both read and stimulate my autistic daughter. She loves making up background sounds to the “POW” or any other vectors she encounters. I can point at the pictures, read the story and try to have her interpret it her way as well.

    Great interactive fun.


  6. John Martin says:

    You actually made me stop and think about this. Usually when someone asks me why I love comics, my response is, “Because they are awesome?” Which they are, but isn’t really an answer.

    Comics are a wonderful blending of words and art.

    When you read a book, you can linger over words and phrases that you enjoy, but for the most part, once you read something and understand what it’s saying, it’s instantly in your brain and you don’t really need the actual text anymore. The ideas and concepts the words created now reside inside your head, to be gone over at your leisure.

    Art is somewhat different. There’s a reason some museums and art galleries have places to sit. So your eyes can linger over each angle of a statue, or curve of a brushstroke. The feelings art evokes will stay with you when you stop looking at it, but for the full affect, you need to be looking at it. I once passed by a painting at a gallery, and dismissed it as random smatterings of paint. It wasn’t until I was on the other side of the room that I saw the painting as it was meant to be seen, and the face that it displayed. I wanted nothing more than to just sit and look at it for hours, and I regret not being able to buy it, or even remember the artists name.

    Comic books combine the two like nothing else has. The words and art heterodyne together to form this wonderful mix where the art feeds off the text and the text feeds off the art to tell a tale that neither could alone.


  7. Julia Walter says:

    Because there are times when words and pictures are best.


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