Toadfish wrote:About fandom and the interactions they have with the writers and artists? Yes.
I am a passive comic book fan. I follow when I feel like it, when something new comes out that peaks my interest. I do not expect either Marvel or DC to actually put out a steady stream of content for me to to read and enjoy - consequentially, I do not get worked up whenever something happens behind the scenes, or when new editors are brought in and impose a new vision. When One More Day came out, I didn't complain, I just acknowledged that that storyline, and thus Spider-Mans continual storyline would likely not hold my interest and attention for a while.
You guys are different. You exist as the active, vocal fandom, in a symbiotic relationship with the publishers. I don't understand that relationship - the ins and outs of it, the how, where and why of your interactions.
I can get the comic book pages. What I don't have is the image of Dan DiDio reading the things Herald wrote about him, and then shaking his fist, saying "I'll show you". Thats the part I need help on. I don't need a guide to comics. I need a guide to comic book fans.
To put it simply, I need some way to establish definitive context for those comic book panels.
For one, there are a lot of people who are like you who post on this site. As far as comics go, I'm also a casual reader and I come and go as I please. There are quite a few members here like that. Some members are into it but don't talk about it.
I think you have this community confused with what Newsarama used to be. This community exists because of Newsarama (as much as it pains me to say) but it really isn't Newsarama. We're pretty small-time and there aren't many comic book writers or artists who frequent our site. The most recent sightings I can think of are Dan Slott and Scott Lobdell, both of whom showed up sporadically, posted a few things and bounced.
At the end of the day, this community is really more of a community where we all share a common interest (or interests) and that is comic books. It's not really a comic book forum like Newsarama where people are going to discuss comics all the time. We're a bunch of average people (and Herald
) who all hang out together and talk whatever.
There aren't many rampant fanboys here.