Robbie’s Comic Corner: ‘Robbie finally leaves the Corner!’

Well, everybody, we have made it to the end. 

Yeah, I know – I didn’t expect for this column to make it this far, either.

After all, it did start out as an extension of my work with FSU’s Comic Book Club, providing recommendations for comic books and graphic novels in slideshow presentations that club members liked, for some reason.

Almost three years ago, on Feb. 24, 2018, I introduced the student body to “Slam!” a comic series about the new-age sport of roller derby.

Today, I got to gush about one of my favorite comic book runs of all time, 2015’s “Black Canary.”

Of course, in the 1,021 days since the opening of this here Comic Corner, we have seen a lot together.

Not so long after “Slam!” I took a gander at Hazel Newlevant’s “Sugar Town,” a 2017 autobiographical comic that featured themes about sex work and LGBTQ+ relationships, in honor of Pride month. 

Of course, Pride month was three months away from when I wrote that particular entry, so I guess you could say that I was overly prepared. Nevertheless, that’s when the barrel started rolling down the steel girders in the metaphorical, comic book-themed game of “Donkey Kong” I had going.

In doing this column, I’ve had the opportunity to introduce people to comics, webcomics, and graphic novels that, had I not covered them, probably would have never been found – or discussed – out in the wilds of our campus.

I’m not saying this to be braggadocious – that’s the last thing I ever want to be seen as – but I legitimately thought that would be the case!

“Angel City,” “Kiss Number 8,” “Band Vs. Band,” “Cosmoknights,” “An Embarrassment of Witches,” and so many more titles have been put under examination, and all of them passed the vibe check required for me to even write a Comic Corner about them to begin with. 

My mission with “RCC” was simple – recommend (web)comics and graphic novels that I legitimately enjoy and love, to the student body whom I love and enjoy. 

On top of that, my other mission was to give attention to marginalized creators and topics that superhero comics – or “cape comics,” as they are occasionally referred – rarely get to talk about, if ever. Most of my work with this column, to me, was an act of defiance against superhero comics, because I personally thought they were “too tiresome” to discuss. 

Let me tell you – having many people go on-and-on about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe gets grating after a while, so much so that it inspired the never-written-before-now rule of “no mainstream superhero comics” that this column held. 

Which, hilariously enough, was broken today. 

Of course, I’m not here to “yuck” anybody’s “yum,” but if you needed an explanation as to why you rarely saw the many-th “Batman” reboot being discussed, there’s your answer.

I just wanted to talk about what I liked reading – which is usually in the realm of independently-released stuff and not what was popular then. Or now, even.

Though, when I did “yuck” the “yum’s” of people, it was usually done on the topic of “Riverdale,” which I think deserves it, always, and people who willingly wear Deadpool shirts that ask if they “offended you” or not.

To me, “RCC” was a chance for me to finally make a name for myself at Framingham State.

I saw columns such as the “Couch Boys,” “Ferr or Foul,” and “Musical Musings” being the talk of the town – or “copyedit,” I should say – so I wanted to take a shot at providing a “service” for the community, so to speak.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected this column to serve as partial inspiration for an English course on campus, nor did I expect people to say in my vicinity, “I think I saw this [graphic novel or comic] in ‘Robbie’s Comic Corner’!”

This column was never about getting awards – though the recognition is always nice.

It was also not about “getting recognized,” either.

If anything, this column was a celebration of the medium that I learned to love again in my senior year of high school. That being said, I have to thank Mr. David Barry’s Monomyth class for throwing me back into the web swing of things.

And, of course, I have to thank you all for reading these. You have no idea how much it warms my heart to know that people out there actually read my thoughts on comics and graphic novels! 

Now, with all that out of the way – it is time for me to vacate my corner and make comics of my own. Consider this a “goodbye for now,” and not a “goodbye, forever.”