Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, talks about growing up with comic books in the UK and how his tastes changed over time and became more “mature.”
Hi Rob and the PGS,
Living in the UK, we don’t really have the big comic book stores like you find in every town in US. You will not find them in medium to small towns in this country and they all seem to be in the cities. Because of this, it was not until I was in my mid-teens when I first picked up a proper copy of a Marvel or DC Comic.
Now that not to say Comics where not available in the UK – they are – but it was more Danny, Beano and 2000AD which you could pick up from any newsstand.
We did, for a time in the 80s, have Marvel UK, but I was living oversea so never saw them.
In the early 90s, Titan Publishing started to do reprints of Spider-Man and the X-men along with a few others. However, they would have a more than one story going in these pages and was never in order.
It was not until I moved to London, when I first went to a proper Comic Book Story. This was Calamity Comics in Harrow on the Hill. Each weekend, my friends and I would travel from Uxbridge up to the comic book store and buy the latest issues. However buying the comics was not cheap, while the exchange rate was good at the time (A $2 comic should have cost around £1) we also have to pay the import cost which stuck another £1.50 onto the price.
So, picking up a couple of comics was not too bad, but picking up five to ten and it started to get expensive for a snotty-nosed teen without a large income.
In my early 20’s, I move away from London to Gatwick and traveling into London each weekend to pick up new comics was not something I could do on a regular basis as I now had commitments that stopped me doing the trip. So, I stopped collecting.
When I moved back to London, I was living in Southeast London and the nearest comic book stores where all in Central London. This was not a major issue as I was also working there as well. With one of your favourite comic book stores round the corner from where I work (Orbital Comics.). I never really got back into collecting again.
Today, I don’t find stories in Marvel and DC as enjoyable as I once did, that is not to say I have given up on collecting. I now into collecting books that are not your Superhero type. A few years ago, I came across Stjepan Šejić page on DeviantArt. He is a well-know artist for DC and Image comics.
The picture I had come across was of Harley Quinn straddling the Arkham Knight and drawing lips on his mask with lipstick held between her teeth. While looking at his page and socking up the art I saw he has a sub account going by the name shiniez, so I headed over to look at the art there. It’s here I learn Stjepan Šejić was creating his own webcomic and publishing it on the site.
This not your typical, superhero comic, but a love story between two women who are into BDSM. The story his heartfelt, funny, and has lot of pop culture refences in it. It goes by the name Sunstone.
Given how you like the Rocking Horse I think this will be right up your ally, and I am sure that if Willow and Vesna read it they will be giggling like a couple of schoolgirls. Some of the imagines are of a mature type but done tastefully. So you will need to be a member of the site in order to see them.
Here is a link to his gallery, and the story are on the left hand side.
If you don’t want to do that and have hardcopy of the books, you can pick them up from Amazon.
Rob, what non-superhero comics would you recommend?
– Dean M.