The internet offers ample alternatives to the costly habit of collecting print comics
Sometimes I need a fix so bad. My dealer -- Minneapolis' Big Brain Comics -- is still waiting on those new releases, but I'm jonesing... bad. So with shaky hands, I flip the switch and let the computer's blue glare flood my face. My eyes glaze over and I fall back into my chair with a giant grin. The world of online comics -- a sort-of dopamine substitute for the preferable paper version -- will sate me today. And you? Is your graphic novel habit interfering with personal relationships or work? If so, you too may have a problem. It can help to know that you're not alone. Here's a list of resources you can turn to for help. (And if you're not yet a comics or graphic novel junky, well, it can't hurt to try just one sweet taste, right?)
Comic Art Collective: Original comic art available for purchase
Artbomb: A great resource and introduction, offering previews of graphic novels
The Comics Journal: A magazine dedicated to the arts perspective on comics
The Comics Reporter: Comics news and culture blog.
The Webcomics Examiner: 'a forum of reviews and critical articles evaluating webcomics as a fine art'
OnlineComics.net: A categorized clearinghouse of comics available online
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art: A SoHo-based museum with the mission to 'promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art.'
Chris Ware: He put graphic novels on the map as an unparalleled master of stunning, highly literate graphic novels.
Will Eisner: Some call this comics pioneer the father of the graphic novel.
Joe Sacco: A forerunner in the powerful medium of graphic journalism, particularly in the area of war coverage.
Adrian Tomine: His simple, widely recognized drawing style accents his emotional, understated storytelling.
Daniel Clowes: Two of his wonderfully weird, uber-indie comics have been adapted to film (Ghost World and Art School Confidential).
Gilbert Hernandez: His Palomar, an account of a fictional Central American town, is an epic.
Jaime Hernandez: Minimalist Latin American storytelling.
Jessica Abel: Comics by and for fun, tough, artsy, grrl types.
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