Ah, great post. Nice plug for Elite Comics too. Sounds like they deserve it. I am always pleased when I see people brought together by a commonality instead of divided by our differences.
Comic books are, like any book I suppose, a universal medium of imagination that can create connections. Unlike most books however, the ongoing series format of comics is incredibly powerful, as it can continue to capture interest over generations.
My son loves Captain America. Not only are new issues available but he can thrill to the exploits of Cap and the Falcon from way back or read about the Avengers when they took on Graviton or Count Nefaria or Korvac.
In so doing, not only is the medium perpetuated but it provides an ever-increasing way for us to bond. The same thing has happened with my girlfriend, who'd never read a comic before me.
Now she is a huge fan of Astonishing X-Men (Whedon's run, anyway) and Guardians of the Galaxy. She also is a big fan of Kitty Pryde (shhh...her competition)
Morpheus, I am glad you have found personal growth, recognize it, and continue to develop it. I too have had severe social difficulties in my life. Finding places where we feel unconditionally accepted gives us security and strength and lets us shine as the people we truly are.