Based in the East Bay Area of sunny California, Ben Monroe is a writer and communications consultant. He is interested in the ways that traditional storytelling methods can be used in advertising, corporate communications, and other non-traditional ways.

Trying Something New, and Discovering Something About Myself

Trying Something New, and Discovering Something About Myself

Years ago, I decided I didn't like Manga comics. So long ago, that I don't even remember why. I joked with my kids about "those weirdo backwards books," that are done right to left, instead of the western way of left to right.

After recently reading Scott McCloud’s "Understanding Comics," and getting really interested in his thoughts on Manga, I decided to give them another shot.

I'd heard good things about the horror Manga of Junji Ito, so decided to start there. And this is some seriously good, weird stuff.

But, what I discovered in reading his "Tomie" was interesting. For those who don't know, my left eye does not turn all the way left. It never has; birth defect. So, go figure, reading books from right to left is pretty much a PITA for me. It quite literally gives me headaches, makes my eyes tired, and kind of stinks.

All these years, I had myself convinced that Manga was “lame,” when really, it was a physical problem that probably affected me the first time I tried reading them, and I just didn’t get it then.

I'm enjoying reading the book, but I have to take a lot more and more frequent breaks doing so than with regular western "left to right" books.

So just a thing to think about. What makes you uncomfortable, whether on an emotional, or physical level? And if you think about it a bit, why?

Try something new. You might be surprised.

My Novel Is Out!

My Novel Is Out!