I'm still in the process of re-absorbing my studio things into my room at home. It's daunting, but it's also good to do some stock-taking.
Yesterday I found my very small stash of treasured comic issues, and among them the first comic I ever bought. I grew up reading my sisters' Tintin Comics plus the selection in our local library, and I enjoyed them. But then one day I was at a news agents, looking for my science fiction magazine, and for some reason or another I bought a Batman comic instead. I read it and thought: wow! I didn't know comic magazines were like this!
I went back to buy some more comics (the shopkeeper sneered at me wasting my money, I remember holding my head extra high and staring her straight in the face when I paid) but they didn't do anything for me. So I decided that the first one must be unusually good, and I read and re-read it and some days later I started drawing my own wobbly comics.
Anyway, it's "Batman: Mad Love" by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm (and turns out it was an unusually award-winning issue). I've found more comics I like since, but this is the one I think I'll always keep. It's exciting and upsetting, and I think the pacing and drawing is great. It also was my first step towards appreciating superheroes, which before that I'd just found frightening because all I'd seen was one chewed-up edition of a Superman story where everyone died horribly.
I'm glad I remembered it just before starting to draw my first commissioned graphic novel, I'll keep looking at it for good luck...