All throughout June, I’ll spotlight a different web site about comic books.. Like with the month of independent comics, the month of LGBT comics and last month’s month of webcomics, I figure I will let you comic book site/blog owners out there suggest your comic book web site (or blog) for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic book site, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today we look at Chasing Amazing, a blog about the quest of its author, Mark Ginocchio, to collect every issue of Amazing Spider-Man!
If this site sounds familiar, it should as I just spotlighted it a little over a month ago. But Mark (“greedily,” as he put it) wrote in to be featured this month, as well, and the idea amused me (including the notion of just re-using what I wrote a month ago), so here we are!
Ginocchio has a charming writing style that makes the subject, which, to be fair, is not exactly the most compelling in the world, quite interesting – fascinating, even. He fills in a basic story (like “I just got my first single-number issue of Amazing Spider-Man”) with tons of interesting background, like how getting his first single-number issue (#9, to be precise) causes him to look back at the beginning of his endeavor and how daunting such a purchase once seemed.
One of the regular features on the site is Ginocchio reflecting on the circumstances behind a particular purchase. They’re quite evocative little tales. To wit, he paints a perfect picture of the local candy/cigar/general store that he purchased one of his very first issues of Amazing back in the late 1980s, as well as the nearly universal connection between a younger brother and an older brother when he details how the issue he bought was the same one his older brother bought.
Mark recently added a new feature to the site, detailing his reading experiences as he reads the back issues (found here). In addition, he has done a lot more “random reflections” recently, as well (you can see those here).
It’s always nice to see such strong writing about comic books. Be sure to check the site out here.