I think that comic book movies now is what comic books were 40 years ago. That same adventure, that same thrill.
I’m not interested in laying out a theory about how comics or the world works. I’m much more interested in the process and the surprises that can lead to.
The people who grew up reading comics are now in charge of pop culture and they’re not going to suddenly stop reading comics. Get used to it: we’re here to stay.
It’s very difficult for me when people ask me to do a talk or an example of a page — how I break down a page and stuff like that. It’s not that easy for me. There are teachers and there are doers — I’m a doer.
When I was growing up there were so few well-written female characters in comics (and most other media) and that bothered me. It definitely was all about the sexuality, rather than the individuality, and I’m now proud to be a writer during a time in comics when a lot of writers, both male and female, are putting those old one-dimensional writing styles to rest.
Despite the fact that readers might enjoy immersing in a 300 page work — and a marketplace seems to exist for expensive comics with a spine — how many comic stories really need to be 300 pages long? Not so many.
Graphic novels and comics with sexual content are far more likely to be banned than their equally racy prose peers. Because they are visual, comics have an immediate, visceral effect. There’s something about an image that feels especially intrusive and offensive. If you don’t like a sentence, you can always stop reading. But you come across an image and there it is – bored into your brain, imprinted on your mind, whether you like it or not.
You can go to a comics store and see a bunch of middle aged guys trying their damnedest to ignore each other, even though they spend their days surrounded by people who have no idea what any of this comics stuff is about at all. It’s very much an escape from the rest of the world, which you also see in monasteries, strangely enough.
We’re still such the pop culture stepchild in that we’re very much always really antsy that this worldwide popularity of comic books is somehow going to go away, that we’re always just one flop movie away from it all being taken away from us or something. It’s just not true.
What bothers me is that I’ve recently stopped getting insulting letters. That means I’ve definitely become too mainstream!
Now there is a spectrum, from the most weird, crazy, psycho pornographic stuff to pop mainstream superheroes and all that crap, there isn’t really an underground in the old sense.
Neal Adams drew a wicked cool Batman, I’m not willing to give credence to his theories of an expanding earth if it means rejecting the mainstream physics of the last few centuries. Sorry Neal!
I have largely, completely given up on the comics industry. I really don’t believe it is going to do anything to address the modern world.
Like many artists, I’ve seen my sales figures chipped away as the print market shrinks due, in no small part, to rampant online piracy. I tried to count the number of pirate sites that had my work available for free download, but when I hit 145, I was too depressed to go on. Pirates and impecunious fans inform me that pirating my work is great publicity, for piracy isn’t nearly as dangerous to an artist as obscurity.
I had a buddy of mine who had this big collection of comic books and he lived in that world man! Now I think with the technology we can do comic books on steroids.
Garry Trudeau pushed his deadlines further and further back, to make the strip [Doonesbury] more and more live. One printer in Kansas City, Trudeau learned years later, did so much overtime setting his strips that he bought a yacht with the extra earnings and called it Doonesbury.
If you want to be a cartoonist, you have to do the work: you can’t just talk about your characters and plot, and research endlessly. You actually have to make finished pages and finish your comics.
Is the original really “comics” or is it more like a manuscript page, and not comics until its reproduced? But these discussions are fairly abstract and academic. Almost no one would argue that one can’t sit down and read a stack of original comics pages and pretty much get what the artist intends. But the “sit down and read part” is essential. Comics are a narrative medium, akin to prose, film, and video, not to painting and illustration. Comics are made to be read.