Reading Anywhere: Comics


He read: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
Place picture taken: in a public transportation
Date picture taken: March 8th, 2013
Camera: iPod Touch 4th generation.

I find it’s quite hard to find people read in public places but it’s harder to find adult read comics in public places. I don’t know why people (at least people that I know) think comics are only for children. I did use comics to make my little sister loves to read. I think it’s more appealing for her since there are more pictures than words. It was just the beginning though. Now she mostly read novel, though she is still a fan of comics too.

My first experience with comics was when I was in junior high school. My friend retold a comic series she just read every night for a whole month. I became curious of the story and wanted to read it by myself. Hence my love for Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi began. I collect the series, still have it in my bookshelf and reread it whenever I miss Usagi Tsukino & Co. To be honest, I’m not that into comics. At first, I found it’s confusing to read it. I didn’t know whether I should start it from the back or the front book, or which one I should read first and then after that where should I go? And it’s too short for me.

Aside Sailor Moon and few series I read when I was young (Tintin, Asterix and few Japanese comics), I never read comics anymore. However I’m thinking to give it a try now. I’m going to start it with the Sandman series and/or its spin-off Death by Neil Gaiman. What do you think? What is/are your favorite comics? Do you have any recommendations?


Reading Anywhere: Doraemon, my childhood friend


This is my first picture after I decided to create this blog. I took it on November 18, 2012 at one of bookfairs in Jakarta, Indonesia. Actually seeing people reading at a book fair is a common thing, right? People buy books at bookfair so there is nothing special about it. But I do think this is an interesting picture because it was taken at a mosque which is close to the bookfair and I loved what the girl read. I can see that she was eager to read what her mom bought her, a Doraemon comic or manga as Japanese said while waiting for her mom to do the afternoon prayer.

I grew up watching Doraemon anime (a cartoon television series), 23 years ago. The amazing thing is it still broadcasts here with different stories every Sunday morning, at 8 am to be exactly! My youngest sister whose is in sophomore college year now also loved both its manga and anime. So, Doraemon is a childhood comic and TV series as well as childhood memories for 3 generations here in Indonesia.

If you don’t know who Doraemon is, I tell you a little bit. He is an intelligent robotic cat who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy, Nobita Nobi.  He has a pocket from which he produces many gadgets, medicines, and tools from the future. He is created by Fujiko A. Fujio. Aside awesome-imaginable stories Doraemon and his friends have, he can also be an interesting ‘teacher’ for children. As you can see in one of Doraemon comics belong to my sister below. The stories are about mathematic problem that Nobita has for his homeworks.


I agree with Neil Gaiman, there is no such a thing as a bad book for children. Even comics can teach me something. Who said comics aren’t good for children?