Name: Christopher K
Bio: Art Director, Husband, Dad, pop culture connoisseur.
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September 2, 2013 12:38 am btw, i'm really glad you guys are keeping the podcast around. =)
September 2, 2013 12:31 am Thanks for everything guys. I'm sure you hear this a lot, but it was your podcast that got me reading comics again regularly and this site became one of my daily stops. The podcast discussions, articles and community really taught me a ton about the art and craft of comics and were always a fun time. I'll also say that this site has one of the coolest online communities of any pop culture site i've ever been on, so high fives to all. Best of luck to everyone. The online comics world won't be the same without you!
August 23, 2013 11:24 am i kinda feel like its impossible to cast an actor in a superhero role without the internet freaking out. Fanboys are never happy. I think Affleck has the chops to pull it off. This could be really cool.
August 23, 2013 11:22 am my only issue with this is what's the conflict gonna be? Everyone loves Canada...even giant bad guy monsters from space. =)
August 20, 2013 3:49 pm yeah i agree with that list and those were kinda included in my "we all know what books those are" comment. Really, those are the outliers. I'm not sure what i'm looking for, but its crazy experimentation and visuals that i haven't seen before. I remember showing a whole stack of recent comics to a friend/colleague in the advertising biz (not a comics reader), and he thought they were all made by the same 2 or 3 people. (they weren't) He said they all felt the same at a glance. I really don't agree that a large amount of creator owned books take enough chances (outside of writing.) Its very rare to see comic art inspired by something besides comics. In so many ways vintage Sienkiewicz and Steranko art took more creative risks decades ago, than anything being made today. Visually, artistically and even design wise contemporary work could be pushed so much farther, but i'm sure the creators are worried about sales at a point. You make something so different people won't know what it is.
August 20, 2013 3:20 pm That's totally one of the things that i'm talking about. The colors, while technically incredible are also kinda homogenized. Its kinda expected that would happen in Big 2 books because of the mass market appeal of them as well as any sort of creative mandates, but now i'm noticing it on the indie/creator owned side. It seems that many are less willing to take creative risks..go out on that ledge with something weird and unusual and more willing to make something that could serve as a nice portfolio piece to get on those big 2 projects. The idea that if it doesn't look expected, its not professional is troubling.
August 20, 2013 1:40 pm One thing that's been pushing me away from big 2 comics is the sense of micromanagement. That sense of wonder, or crazy adventure is missing, and largely i get a house style and controlled feeling. Sure there are outliers that defy this and we all know what books those are. You get a sense that the primary goal is to feed the addiction of adult readers and collectors more than entertain and do interesting things. That could just be a natural burnout..who knows. I also think the technology of comics is kinda making things more homogenized. Everything looks so perfect..the pencils, the colors and lettering. Its all computerized and perfected to the micro-millimeter that i'm often left feeling some books are soulless widgets, that lack any kind of human element to them. The hand of the artist and all that. Kinda harsh, but that's a larger conversation on the role of technology in art which is kind of a big thing right now. I find a lot of that fun on the creator owned side, however i do wish that there was less super serious stuff being made and more goofy fun.
August 20, 2013 1:35 pm I think its interesting how some smaller publishers and indie creators are putting their own work out into the torrent/pirate-sphre themselves, sometimes even before street date. Kinda getting ahead of the problem and putting out *official* releases. They're viewing those people as potential customers instead of "the enemy". Some creators are very upfront and obvious about it, while some seem to hint at it on twitter and other places. I think they realize that for creator owned and indie stuff, access and awareness are their biggest enemies, so just getting eyeballs on the books is worth it. Hopefully they'll put in an order for the trade or something. I think the argument that every pirated download = one lost sale is misguided and makes giant assumptions. I don't know if its a thing anymore, but you certainly don't see much being written about the subject.
August 6, 2013 11:17 am I'm excited for this anthology. Big congrats to Josh and everyone else involved. This really is a nice group of younger guys from the Image world plus some other really cool up and coming indie creators that are worth paying attention to. I'm sure this book will be awesome.
July 26, 2013 4:44 pm i'm sure there are plenty of things. My wife and i were just talking about how lucky our son is that his grandparents on the other side of the country can be around all the time via Skype video chat. We never had that. The thing about nostalgia...its just everyday, normal stuff that you remember fondly many years later (when its gone)