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Offline lugaru

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Trends you actually like
« on: February 05, 2009, 02:42:05 PM »
Writers Rock: you can argue that some writers are overhyped but I much prefer the comics coming out right now over the awful stuff from the "artists are king" period.

Autobiographical Comics Stuff like Fun Home, French Milk and Persepolis are arguably the best and most moving comics these days.

Image as an Indy Publisher Everytime I hear about a cool new comic it is usually an Image, now that the superstars have moved on to other projects. And since most of the people publishing there DO NOT make cash up front they are without a doubt indy.

The lure of freedom Anyone paying attention to Avatar? Offer a bunch of good writers 100% freedom and you get Alan Moore, Warren Ellis and Garth Ennis. Do these comics look like franchises or movie pitches? Thank god no, they are just whatever the writer wants them to be.

Comics for Adults with Marvel Max, Image, Vertigo, Dark Horse and Avatar I am reading just about as many comics as I ever did and with barely a cape in sight. The punisher, Walking Dead, 100 Bullets...


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Re: Trends you actually like
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009, 07:30:13 PM »
on the comics for adults..


I'm just the opposite I read nothing even resembling: The punisher, Walking Dead, 100 Bullets...    It's personal taste but I consider those types of titles... bottom of the birdcage filler.
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Re: Trends you actually like
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009, 09:00:23 PM »
What do I like...?  Well, not that long ago, I would have said the resurgence of 80's cartoon properties treated seriously and written really well, but my comic buying curse hit Transformers (so incredibly awesome) which was cancelled, and I eventually had to drop GI JOE.  I suppose I'd have to say that I'm enjoying the proliferation of awesome independent limited series.  I've really enjoyed the likes of Dan Dare and Cleansed by Fire (could have the name wrong).
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Re: Trends you actually like
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009, 10:21:41 PM »
Image as an Indy Publisher Everytime I hear about a cool new comic it is usually an Image, now that the superstars have moved on to other projects. And since most of the people publishing there DO NOT make cash up front they are without a doubt indy.

The lure of freedom Anyone paying attention to Avatar? Offer a bunch of good writers 100% freedom and you get Alan Moore, Warren Ellis and Garth Ennis. Do these comics look like franchises or movie pitches? Thank god no, they are just whatever the writer wants them to be.

Yeah, I'm liking Image Comics' current output. It's very diverse, with a little bit of something for every one (except maybe romance comics and westerns). I just hope that Kirkman taking over from Erik Larsen as publisher doesn't switch their focus back to more superhero-centric material (while I like superheroes every now and then, I think a smaller publisher like Image would be best served offering material that isn't thematically the same stuff that Marvel and DC publish).

Comics for Adults with Marvel Max, Image, Vertigo, Dark Horse and Avatar I am reading just about as many comics as I ever did and with barely a cape in sight. The punisher, Walking Dead, 100 Bullets...

I try not to think of those titles as "comics for adults." Sure, the language, violence, and situations are often inappropriate for the younger set, but what they really are isn't "adult comics" (that just brings a mental image of superheroes engaged in porn). What they are, in my mind, are modern versions of the non-superhero pulp comics of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s featuring "hard-boiled" crime and horror. What makes a title like the MAX-imprint Punisher work (at least when Ennis was writing it) is that he doesn't even pay token lip service to the idea that the titular character is a "superhero" or lives in a world populated by superheroes. And of course, titles like 100 Bullets have no link at all with the capes-and-tights genre besides being published by the same company that markets Superman.   
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Re: Trends you actually like
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009, 04:49:33 PM »
Um, I got nothin'. No wait! I like the big collections of stories from back when I actually liked comics.

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Re: Trends you actually like
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2009, 07:13:25 PM »

Autobiographical Comics Stuff like Fun Home, French Milk and Persepolis are arguably the best and most moving comics these days.

The lure of freedom Anyone paying attention to Avatar? Offer a bunch of good writers 100% freedom and you get Alan Moore, Warren Ellis and Garth Ennis. Do these comics look like franchises or movie pitches? Thank god no, they are just whatever the writer wants them to be.


re:Autobiographical comics,   as long as the person has an interesting life...sure otherwise i'm pretty tired of all the crumb or bagge wannabe stuff.
however, if you're someone like Guy Delisle... man i could read about his life all day.  Even his latesst Burma Chronicles suffered a bit because he was really only being a stay at home dad... but in Burma, if there was more focus on his wife's job there (with mediciens sans frontiers) then that comic would rock.

re: Freedom,  I really have to say that Warren Ellis has really been impressing me lately, Aetheric Mechanics felt like the last Planetary issue we'll never see, and FreakAngels.. well if you're not reading that...shame on you,  its a weekly 6-page webcomic.  Of course then there's Ignition City... man i can't wait for when that comes out,  Ellis written steampunk... could it get any better?

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Re: Trends you actually like
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2009, 06:10:25 AM »
re:Autobiographical comics,   as long as the person has an interesting life...sure otherwise i'm pretty tired of all the crumb or bagge wannabe stuff.

I feel the same way. A lot of "autobiographical/semi-autobigraphical/biographical" comics (at least the ones I've read) come off as overly melodramatic (I think the real good ones, like Maus and Louis Riel are the very rare exceptions), and the technical level of craft is adequate at best, since it seems many publishers af alternative/indie comics seem to think that veracity allows for amateur or just plain lazy technique (there are tons of people working on their comics who think that "heart" and "sincerity" can make up for a lack of editing, training, research, practice, and/or talent). That's the one thing I can't fault with the bigger publishers... their overall direction may not be to my liking, but at least I can spend money on their product knowing that they've at least put in the minimum professional effort in assembling their comic.
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