Focus on Comics

Were you an avid comic book reader and collector as a kid? If you’re a guy, there’s a good chance you were; it’s less likely if you’re a member of the opposite sex. Why? Well, there’s lots of reasons for that—probably the main reasons being that most comic book heroes were male (yea, yea, there was Super Girl and Wonder Woman, but not very many others), as were the creators, artists and publishers of said comic books.

But comics have changed with the times. Today’s comics, and their cousins, the graphic novel, are a whole different ballgame: often darker, with many tackling a broad range of societal issues. The genre is attracting women and writers/artists from diverse backgrounds, quite a few of them based right here in central Oklahoma. You’ll learn more about this genre in our cover story, deftly written by metro freelance writer Tara Malone, and our Page Turners column, written by yours truly.

Also inside this, our “Men’s Issue” (though not all our stories specifically center on or about men), you’ll find a story written by local interior designer Gia Rose, who offers tips on how to give a room a masculine look without, as she quips, incorporating beer signs or bear-skin rugs.

In our Healthy Lifestyle column, you’ll read about how Cleveland County Lifestyle publisher Jimmy Darden is working to get himself into the best shape of his life through membership in a unique, new fitness center in Moore, which he compares to the fabled fountain of youth.

Can you “freeze” yourself to better health and a more pain-free life? It’s possible. You’ll learn how in our Locally Owned column on another local business that offers cryotherapy. This business caters to everyone from the serious athlete who needs to move “past the pain” to those suffering from an inflammatory-based disease.

You’ll also read about a couple who met on farmersonly.com and their family, and who bought a farm in Washington (located south of Norman). They are now growing organic produce, which they sell at the OSU-OKC market, as well offering local delivery and pick-up directly from the farm. The couple offers Community Supported Agriculture, in which customers pay for a “share” of the farm’s produce up front, and then use that credit to purchase produce of their choice throughout the year. If you’re too busy to garden, or you don’t care for gardening but want fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, this is a story you’ll want to read.

We think you’ll find these and the other articles in this issue interesting and informative.

As always, we welcome your feedback as well as any ideas you have for future stories.