Comics does not necessarily equate to Loh-Fu-Tze or the Beano and Dandy varieties. Did you know that there are graphic novels which are highly priced? And I do not mean Stan Lee's Spiderman or DC's Batman. In US and Europe, there are very specialised graphic novels and they are read by executives rather than by school kids.
wow! hebat, u answered everything before I even asked. haha! nope I am not into comics. But I am not saying that it's bad either. Good to space out your mind after a hectic day. No long sentences, just colourful pictures. and it's not time consuming or requires a lot of effort and concentration. hmmmm... so do you drink nescafe or teh tarik while at it? hmm?
Comics aren't really a waste of time.
I grew up on Beano and Dandy.
They were (and still are) British comics targetted at school kids.
Besides kiddie pranks (re: "The Bash Street Kids" and "Dennis the Menace"), they also had one page on general knowledge where I learnt a lot of stuff thru'out my impressionable primary school years. It also gave me a good grounding on English despite the fact that I was in English stream schools back then. Comics made acquiring the language so much easier and natural (no need for boring grammar lessons).
I used to like Dandy & Beano too. I preferred Beano and wanted to have a pet dog like Gnasher an Abyssinian wire-haired tripehound!! Back in the late 70s/early 80s it used to cost 50 sen a copy. My cousins also gave me their comics from the UK (from the 70s) for girls, sorry ...can't remember the name.
I also got into marvel comics, especially SpiderMan. I subscribed to all 4 - The Amazing Spiderman, Web of Spiderman, ...aiyah...forgot the other 2 names. After about a year plus, i stopped....couldn't afford anymore. I have the first edition of Web of Spiderman and the issue where Spidey got married to Mary Jane. (not mint condition lah....)
I didn't quite get into Tin Tin but I absolutely love Asterix, between me and my brother, I think we have the whole series!
As for Lat cartoons, my dad was a PR man and was close to press people. Lat was with NST then, so all my Lat books are signed personally by Lat himself.