2019年1月14日 星期一

Jo Jo Lion, Comic Books, and Comic Book Rental Shops

Page from "Jo Jo Lion."

I suppose I've liked/loved comic books for most of my life.  For me the desire to read them comes and goes.


The oldest comic book rental place I know of.  Not far from Taitung's Seashore Park.

When I was little I was obsessed with American superheroes.  As soon as I was old enough to read (and maybe before) I was pouring over comic books.  My fascination with them only abated with high school and the advent of girls.



From the end of high school to my early college years I don't remember buying or reading comic books.  I think by that point music had kind of replaced them in my heart.  The early to late 90s comics are a mystery to me, which would seem to indicate that I wasn't reading them then.


After moving to Taiwan I read comic books on and off.  During my third year here, after I started studying Chinese, I remember renting copies of Doraemon, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, and other comics from the local comic book place.  I studied Chinese fairly intensively during that year, didn't read anything in English, and the Japanese comics I was reading (in Chinese translation) were a nice break from my textbooks.

Different comic rental shop.  This one is doing much better business.

In taste I'm pretty evenly divided between the American and Japanese comics.  I can remember owning copies of Shonen Jump when I was very little, though at that time they were all in Japanese and I could only gaze at the pictures.  Sometimes I prefer the allegory and relative seriousness of American comics.  Sometimes I prefer the art and more lighthearted nature of Japanese comics.  It depends on my mood.


One thing's for sure, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is one of my favorites.  No other comic in the history of comics - either Japanese or American - quite matches Jojo for sheer weirdness.  I recently started a campaign to read the issues of the newest Jojo, Jo Jo Lion, that I hadn't gotten to yet.  I'm on issue/book #10 at the time of writing, and I should be able to finish the last book, #18, by the end of next week.

Boys' comics.

By the way, if you're interested in this kind of thing - and if you've got a year or so of Chinese under your belt - I highly recommend checking out the local comic book rental shop.  With the popularity of online comics these shops are dying a slow death, but the people operating them will be overjoyed to see you.  These places rent novels too, so if you're looking for something more challenging/serious there's that too.  Just remember to bring your ID and some money.

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The "Chinese New Year Tent" at Taitung's Central Market
Assorted Thoughts at the End of the Semester 2
The Three-Character Poem 三字經 4
The Countries Next Door 鄰近的國家

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