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The Comic Life of Juan Heskin


Calvin & Where I Started with Comics

Calvin & Hobbes

I think there are many paths one can take to start exploring the world of cartoons. But what is common to all, is the young age where one starts. Which is why plenty enough people confuse them with something that’s only ment for kids. Of course, there are plenty of people who have gone past this hard headed notion. But one issue that has an influence on people and their later lives with comics is without a doubt their childhood. That memorable and important time, where parents misunderstand you and comics walk the path with you. Making even going to the dentist fun and exciting, just to get a good opportunity to catch on the latest Donal Duck cartoons for example.

It could be said, that the type of comics even kids choose tell something about their personality at an early age. On one aspect it helps to even shape their personalities, on the other side of things, there are always reasons why some children prefer other comics. Some decitions which even come from their parents.

Personally, for me one of the biggest influences with comics was Calvin & Hobbes. I was just recently trying to find a good documentary about the topic, but unfortunately could not find one. With too much information about the fans and what they thought. I am more interested in the story, because the personal story of a fan is very personal and while you can relate, it’s different for everyone.

But that was the starting point for me, when I understood that there is something deaper and meaningful about cartoons than Donald Duck. Even though, even there you can find deeper philosophical meaning about it. Nevertheless, it’s really an issue that needs to be settled with some common sense. I would say, that at the end of the day it’s all about those emotions that you can always look back and connect with. They are not only the starting point, but company to walk with you throughout life.

Let’s read something meaningful and promote those comics that make you think and not just rot your brain guys. At least, that is the kind of awareness I hope to bring about into the industry that I love so much. Thanks my friends!

Juan Heskin

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Profound Expression Through Comics

Comic Art

I have been interested in comics as a phenomen far more interesting than TV for example. The concept is much more simple and touches you in a way that a more complicated, fast paced medium could ever do. It is a simple fact, that when things that we reflect upon are simplistic it’s much easier to realted to them. As a kid, you don’t really think about it and just enjoy the thrill and ride that comic books give you.

As an adult, you kind of have to look deeper into the concept of comics and find out the rich world in a more aware manner. Otherwise you are just another comic book looser who never grew up and still phantasizes about being Super Man or whatever-X. Let’s face it, there are those “non-grown ups” that are just there at the same level of a child. With nothing wrong at the medium of course, it’s just a time to grow up a little in my opinion and bring better awareness to something that’s authentic and helps people to express profound thought.

At best, that is what comics produce. A deep connection between the author, writer and the reader. You could explain the most advanced mathematical formula through such drawings, and there would be nothing wrong with it because you know that it will be extremely helpful for those people who engage in it. What you consider to be your best novel for example, imagine that in comics form. Wouldn’t that be great and besides giving that needed depth in reading, there is a sense of lightness and fun that makes the experience even better.

It has been said several times, that if you cant explain what you understood to a child, then you don’t understand it yourself either. Producing information in comic form is a great way to prove that, with the added bonus of deep understanding. Great stuff as always!

Juan Heskin

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Where to Chat with Fellow Comic Collectors?

Comic Exchange Shop

I know a lot of you loved the forums and built your homes there.. now that it’s gone, and even the backups are no longer there. It’s really not the right time to cry about it, instead we should look towards the bright future. A lot of comic collectors are known for loving to chat with others and other such social happenings. I guess you could say that we are a bunch of social creatures, besides comics that’s really what is most important to us.

That is why I wanted people who are still active on the “chatting” front to leave a comment and let us know of places where people could go and get there discussion needs fulfilled. While I will be continuing with the blog and provoking debate on occation, obviously these kinds of forums and such are still badly needed. I just kind of dropped out of the game after some years and have to admit to not having any idea where comic lovers are today!

So don’t hide, but instead point us to the right direction. I might even consider registering myself to one of these places if a good one exists. But I wont be as engaged as before, there is just no way in my busy “adult” life. Leave a comment, thanks guys!

Love your comics, love yourself,
Juan Heskin

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Comic Book Dealing, Traveling!

Comic Reading

I often compared selling comic books with a drug deal. Because some of these books are just so temptive and make your mouth drool. Often it’s good to find a balance with comic book use, hence rectreational use at it’s best. I used to be one of those addicts, checking out new coming book releases every morning as soon as I woke up. In fact, those very comics came to my dreams and while I did have loads of fun in the process. There was just something else to life than just comics, I guess that is one of the big things that contributed to the shutdown of the forum over here. I wanted to have my dreams back and start a new life, of comic magnitude.

Yes, living a life that was epic in the way of absorbing all that great stuff made me want to my own epic episodes. Not by transforming into a super hero, but by venture out to exiting stuff in life. Travel has been a close friend of mine on this quest.. and in the mean while I have met a lot of awesome comic book dealers from around the world. It’s been a thrilling ride and a dream of any comic book fan. Instead of just sticking your nose into those books, I went out and put my nose into what is called “fresh air”.

I know it might sound like a strange thing to some. But that’s my new thrive in life.. everyone has to have one, right? I call out to all book dealers, to find another hobby and never loose your pation either. Balance man, that’s what a comic life is all about.

Oh my my,
Juan Heskin

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Comics Corral Forums Has Closed But..

Comic Book Shelf

Probably you have heard the news since the site was down for quite a while. But there is nothing to worry about, since the comics corral will be restored to a blog state which covers the comic life of Juan Heskin. The author of the blog in question. You can meet the Author or read on if you are already familiar with me. I’ve been on the web since 2005 and managed to get to gether a huge community of comic lovers. Turned out that it was much more than comics, it was about a life style and a meeting of like minded people. Then things started to get rocky after five years, with many of us just getting older and couldn’t keep up with the demands of running a server.

Things kind of just slipped through our hands, and while it was great fun in the making. Now, things have changed and become more.. well relaxed. While the need to be such a fanatic is no longer, there still is a lingering need to connect with the old community. That is why I decided to start up this blog to let you guys know what’s happening in my life. Comics are still a big part of my life, but there is more to it than that now.

Hope this little revival process will be fruitful and we can remember the old days with good vibes!

Yours sincerely,
Juan Heskin

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