Lots to cover this week, so let's get right down to it!
Seems like everyone and their teen sidekick
is up in arms about
superhero comics again. Fellas, let's just try to remember what
sequential art is all about: Good-looking guys and gorgeous gals
in tight, tight spandex! I'm tired of hearing so-called comic
book fans complain about poorly-written dialogue, corny plots, or
inconsistent characterization. Instead of bringing everyone down
with your negativity, accentuate the positive: If the story's
bad, that just makes it easier to focus on the pretty pictures!
(I for one have always been disappointed that more comic book artists
didn't follow Dan Jurgen's ground-breaking "all splash-page" experiment
#75. Now THAT was a comic book.
Maybe Jim Lee should consider doing something bold like this during his
upcoming run on Superman
Did you know that DC stands for "Detective
Comics"? This is funny on two levels: When people say they
like DC comics, they're really saying they like Detective Comics
comics. How redundant! (Don't even get me started on people
who say things like, "My favorite comics are from DC Comics"!)
Also, I don't think DC actually puts out any comics about detectives,
so I'm not sure why they chose that name.
Why are so many people down on Marvel? I
thought I was familiar with all the complaints one could possibly make
about Marvel: They're flooding the market. They don't allow
reorders. They're creatively and artistically bankrupt, feasting
off the corpse of Kirby. Well, today I was in the shop and I
heard a new one: They're shipping all four issues of various
mini-series in a single month. OK, now we've entered the Twilight
Zone. How is this a BAD thing? Weekly comics just means
less time between issues of your favorite characters' adventures.
Sheesh. Next thing you know, people will start complaining that
Wolverine is overexposed or something. (OK, maybe that's a bit
unrealistic: Even the biggest Marvel-basher couldn't have too
much of everyone's favorite feral mutant!!)
Lord knows I try to be positive on this blog.
Upbeat. Perky even. Well, I'm sorry, but I just have to "go
negative" for a bit here. WHAT is the deal with
this..."manga"? Has anyone else heard of this? I guess it's
like comics from Japan or something and it's supposed to be really
popular. Ha! If it's so "popular" then why haven't I ever
seen any manga in my comics shop? I looked it up online and it
doesn't look like anything that would interest any comic fans I
know: It all involves books about schoolgirls and their panties,
books about giant robots, and books about schoolgirls who pilot giant
robots in their panties. (Actually, that may have all been the
same book; I think the page I found was in Japanese or something.)
What's really weird is that no one I know reads this manga stuff yet
there are all these companies springing up and putting out more and more
manga. Here's a company named ADV Manga that brags about 37 new manga
they'll be publishing. And people complain about Marvel flooding
the market with too many X-Men comics! Just imagine how confusing
(and expensive) a crossover will be in the ADV-Universe! Who can
possibly afford to keep up with 37 titles, especially if they're weekly?
Also, manga art is...well, I won't say it's ugly
, because that
would just be mean. But it's certainly not attractive, what with
all the big eyes and funny hair. And as someone who runs a blog
dedicated to the gorgeous
in comics, I simply have no interest
in non-beautiful art. Maybe it's just the patriot in me talking,
but I'll stick with good ol' American
comics with their good
characters rendered in good ol' American
art. Give me realistic characters like the Thing, the Hulk, or
the Sub-Mariner any day!
So how come we haven't seen a fundraiser for poor
old CrossGeneration Comics yet? Apparently they've fallen on such
hard times that CG owner Mark Alessi was unable to beat the winning bid
in a recent Frazetta original art auction. C'mon,
people! It's not like Alessi has millions of dollars at his
disposal! Do you want to risk not seeing an ongoing American
series? Me, I can't wait for the issue where Ivictus
is shown punching out José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero!
Well, that's all I have time for this time around. Join me back here next week when I review the first in Fantagraphics' new line of superhero comics, Foodboy
! Excelsius Deo!