I’ve been reading and collecting comics for years. I started back in 1989 when the Batman movie took the country by storm. The Batman logo could be seen everywhere. Then DC started the first new monthly Batman title since 1940. It seemed like Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight was made just for me. I could jump in right at the start of a new beginning with my favorite character. A little while later I discovered DC’s Vertigo line and I was truly hooked. Anything could happen in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Dave McKean’s cover art seemed to throw the rules of comics out the window. I grabbed everything I could find by Gaiman and McKean. Even with all the fun and inspiration I’ve had collecting and reading comics over the years, it’s still mainly a solitary endeavor. People don’t exactly get together in groups to read comics and the local comic shops don’t exactly have big comfy chairs for people to hang out and read comics in either. I guess they’re afraid we may just read the comic and put it back on the shelf. Comicons are a blast but they seem to be more about TV and movies than comics now. So what’s this have to do with #My500ComicGoal and building a new comic fan community?
At the beginning of this year, I challenged myself to read 500 comic books for 2020 and track my progress through pictures and posts on Twitter. I really wasn’t thinking about anything other than my own reading habits, but on a whim I reached out to a few of my comic friends to see if they were interested in joining me on my quest for 500. It would be fun to see everything they were reading, plus maybe they would find books I was overlooking. I’m always looking for something new to checkout. One of them asked what hashtag to use so we could follow each other easily and that’s when #My500ComicGoal started. Four days later, we had a small but mighty group of comic fans together and they had already put up over a hundred tweets under the hashtag. Personally, I have come across five very interesting titles that I have never heard of before and it’s been a lot of fun talking with other fans about the comics we’re reading.
So I’m writing this article today in hopes of reaching out to other comic fans, possibly you, that would be interested in joining us on our comic journeys. It’s not a competition or a race or anything like that. We’re just about building an all inclusive community built around our shared comic book fandom and having fun seeing what everyone is reading. You can join us no matter how many books your challenging yourself to read, but do use the hashtag #My500ComicGoal so we can find you. Below will be some loose guidelines on how it works and a list of the early twitter users who have already started. Have Fun.
It’s very simple really. All you have to do is whenever you finish reading a comic take a moment to shoot a photo of it and write what number that book is with your goal, then the hashtag #My500ComicGoal. So if it’s the first book of the year that you have read and your goal is to read 500 books put 001/500. If you’re starting late you can just add in what books you have already read and start from there. Besides that, you can do whatever you want in each post. Write a mini review, whatever. Only thing we ask is to be respectful of each other and if you do write opinions about the comics be respectful of the creators too. If you were disappointed with a comic you read we would like to hear it, but don’t bash the people who made it. Thanks.
Here are some people to follow who have already started:
Don’t forget hashtag #My500ComicGoal