I loved comics as a kid and have been reading them for most of my life. ( YES I DID HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON MY HANDS!)
However as I got older I noticed that some of the writers seem to lose sight of what made the comic popular in the first place. I lost all intrest when marvel remade most of their popular characters over when they did the heroes reborn series! Iron man was one of my favorite comic books and they turned him from a man to a teenager?
However my oldest niece , she is 9 now, found my old comics stash : Spiderman, Xmen , Darkhawk, etc... and started to become interested in them. She even sketches some of her own and by following the examples that she finds in her favorite comic book spider girl! I know she isn't the first kid to sketch from a comic book , but the way she draws the figures with the right dimensions I find surprising. I encourage her to practice by looking at other styles as well from manga to other comics as well in spite of my sisters insistance that it is a wast of time. Off hand I don't know the artist that draws that comic though.
So I would like to know how you guys feel about the comics of today. What do you feel is wrong with them, the writing? Use of the Art work?
Im very interested to hear what you have to say.
Last edited by Conan73; 03-01-2004 at 10:12 AM.
why throw stones?
Using a catapult you can launch much larger rocks!
The writing. With very few exceptions, most books seem to be written by people who wouldn't be able to write the special of the day on a chalk board for the local bistro much less a comprehensive work of fiction that is to be illustrated. Scenes that jump around, dialogue that is out of place, stories that wander. The flashy art just isn't enought to save it sometimes.
"The writing. With very few exceptions, most books seem to be written by people who wouldn't be able to write the special of the day on a chalk board for the local bistro much less a comprehensive work of fiction that is to be illustrated. Scenes that jump around, dialogue that is out of place, stories that wander. The flashy art just isn't enought to save it sometimes."
If anything, I'd say the writing has been getting better. Yeah, there are always going to be writers that are just terrible, but as a whole, I think we've seen the rise of some great writers, so to the point that whereas the last decade, it was all about the artists, this decade, it's mostly been about the writers, and I don't think that would happen unless the writing hadn't gotten better. We've got guys like Brian K. Vaughn, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Peter Milligan, Geoff Johns, Gail Simone, and a slew of others writing some great books for various companies.
Whats wrong with comics today:
People spend too much time on message boards whining and complaining about whats wrong with comics today.
They should be at their local comic shop. Digging through back issues. or indy stuff. looking at things they have never heard of before.
There are enough great books in print these days for people to read if they just went looking for them
Some People are like Slinkies .. they are completely useless. but you cant help but smile when you see them tumbling down the stairs.
I say we need better writers (and we're slowly getting them), more content variety (and the market is getting that from manga, even if apparently the domestic editors out there are too slow to catch on to that, well, that's why TokyoPop is no.5 in market dollar-share while only moving a fraction of the units that say, Image moves) and more respect from the public as a valid literary medium. We could also use mroe artists who understand the structure of illustration as much as the flash.
We'll get all that in time, but it's a rough road.
Didn't we just have this conversation?
Couldn't you have just bu,ped up one of the other threads about this? I don't feel like typing my cure for the common comicbook again.