Chris wrote:The problem is.. if you introduced your characters every month in every issue, it'd get old REALLY fast.
I don't think it's a problem for new readers, to be honest. Amazingly enough, I was able to get into comics without each and every character and their detailed backstory being given to me everytime they're shown on a page.
I don't think you give people enough credit.
I don't know where you are from, Chris, so I hope you don't get offended by this if you are from America, but people are stupid...especially Americans. England, Ireland, and Scotland have about 60 million people combined, yet have more good writers and artists than all of America with 300 million people.
Nearly 10% or Americans don't think Hawaii is a state, something that has been true for almost 50 years. Nearly 70% of Americans are 50 or younger, so this has been true for all of their lives.
Too many Americans can't figure their gas mileage, or determine if a 6-pack of toilet paper for $3 is a better or worse deal than a 12-pack for $5.
And, judging from the people who have waited on me in the last several years, most Americans simply CAN'T figure out how much change you get back without the cash register to tell them. I stopped the other day for a burger and fries, The order came to $6.08. I gave the cashier $21.08, and he couldn't understand why I had given him the single dollar bill.
People are incredibly stupid, but especially Americans.
And I think the direct problem here is that you assume because you are bright enough to catch on about what is happening in a story, you are assuming that most people can. Most people can't, which is one of the reasons that the comics industry remains so small.
I was perfectly content before I was born.