Last year was actually really rough for me. I was stuck in a bad work situation and a lot of the people I cared about were struggling too. I decided to go to a small fan event nearby. I wasn't expecting to feel so welcomed and cared for. It was a Captain America themed event but I wasn't very knowledgeable about the character at all (oh my how things have changed). Everyone there was so friendly and passionate, and I ended up getting totally drawn into the fandom through them. And I made a bunch of cool new friends!
What was your 'initiation' into Marvel? Mine was pretty recent I think, but I bet lots of you have been around for a while! I'd love to hear your stories ^_^