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Finding a Hobby: Adventures of the Summer

By Khylil

As this summer comes to an end and I think about the trips I’ve gone on, the pictures I have taken, and the blogs I have written it makes me realize that this year I’ve become more comfortable expressing my love for comic books and animation. Yes, one of the activities I’m still trying to fully understand is my hobby as a comic book reader

I never really knew what my true hobby was and then it hit me I realized that I spent too much time playing video games and watching cartoons as a child.  I just thought I’d eventually have to grow out of that but it turns out I was wrong.  Since I felt I was extremely immature I decided to do a lot of math.  I didn’t know where I was going with it but I enjoyed doing it and it also got me involved in the math 24 game (first in math tournaments) which somehow made me like gaming even more.

Next, my taste in music started to change as I grew from listening to 90’s themed hip hop to fighting game music to 8-bit and 16-bit songs and orchestral songs, to video game themed orchestral music. I definitely didn’t know what I wanted to do sometimes.  I would just take a look at the Bat-Metal series, the IDW issues of Sonic the Hedgehog, or just have a poster hanging on my wall of anything comic book or video game related.

This summer has been pretty much the same.  I believe I went to like 2 or 3 comic/video game conventions and so far I really have a heavy interest in them.  I can easily recall the beginning of my school year in January where I could have become social with others who had the same interests as me.  This would have required me to step outside my comfort zone but may have helped to change my perspective on trying new things.  Sometimes I do see that being an issue because it could keep me from trying new things and meeting new people with the same interests as me.

Throughout the course of my summer one of the things I did was find the determination to take a trip to Phoenixville to see a live performance from Johnny Gioeli who is a part of one of my favorite childhood gaming bands, Crush 40. I mean I’m not saying that I haven’t been to any live performances before, but I was determined to see this one.  Somehow it was a pretty successful trip.   I also went to Washington D.C. to attend a cosplay event as Bombastic Bagman (Spiderman) an idea I had floating around in my head for almost 2 years. I was scared to show such an odd idea but once people saw it they became interested and wanted to take pictures as I arrived in the costume.

I wouldn’t say that I’ve had the best summer out there, but one thing is for sure, it really did open up my interests a lot and really had me thinking that I owe a lot of my personality to my childhood interests.