What I’m Reading Wednesday – Bad Blood

Vampire stories have been pretty hot for around the past 5 years. Twilight had a lot to do with that. I admit I was never a huge vampire fan. I’ve read Twilight and I think it ruined things for me. But last year my friend started bragging about True Blood and I figured I would check it out. Holy hell! That show is fantastic. It showed me a different type of vampire story, one that was entertaining, and something I could relate to. I started to see why people are so hooked on the whole vampire thing.

So when Dark Horse decided to release a comic book series called Bad Blood, a story about a kid with cancer who’s blood is poisonous to vampires, I decided to check it out. I thought this was such an interesting concept, and something I hadn’t seen in any of the other vampire stories I’d read before.

Bad Blood touches on a lot of subjects relating to health and our environment. Are the things we’re putting into our bodies really good for us in the long run? How does the government try to control what goes in our bodies, and if this is a good or bad thing? This comic had me thinking about how different the world is now compared to even 40 or 50 years ago when food was processed differently and medication was not as easily accessible.

This is a pretty short series with only 5 issues, and I’m not saying I love the way it ended (actually I downright hated the ending), but I believe it is worth checking out. It’s sometimes nice to get an unexpected lesson when reading a book; to have someone make you think and challenge your opinion.

What’s your favorite vampire series?

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Neighborhood Watch – Things From Another World

I love my local comic book store. It’s one of the few places I can walk in wearing a Star Trek skirt or Gryffindor buttons without getting strange looks. Things From Another World is owned by Dark Horse comics, who have been putting out great comics for almost 30 years (ie. Buffy, Star Wars, Sin City) and their Milwaukie store is located right next to their corporate offices.

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Everything from the flying saucer perched on the top of their store front to the figurines that line their windows make coming to this location well worth the drive outside Portland. The other perk is their amazing and friendly staff. They make you feel at home from the moment you step in the front door. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for don’t hesitate to ask Sean or Martin. If you’re looking for suggestions on new series to check out, they are a wealth of knowledge.

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Nate & I subscribe to a box at the store so they pull all the comics we want every week and hang on to them until we come pick them up. Subscribing to a box is free, you just need to have at least 3 titles that you’d like pulled for you. You also get great discounts for having a box, plus if you have a busy schedule like us and can’t always make it in once a week you’ll feel better knowing that all your issues are waiting for you.

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It’s hard to resist feeling like a kid in a candy store every time we visit. If I ever win the lottery I think I’ll just walk in here and take one of everything.

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We usually do come away each week with a new Funko Pop figure or blind box. Our apartment will soon resemble this wall! But I can’t help it, I love them so much.

So next time you find yourself in Portland don’t think twice about driving out to TFAW. Remember, we don’t have sales tax in Oregon so you have no excuse not to stock up on some geeky goods.