chap22 wrote:i obviously don't "get" most of the stuff that indie creators think is cool. and on the off-chance tat i do, with something like Criminal, i don't care to read that stuff in comic form. comics for me as a medium are for bigger than life stuff, stuff that you can't realistically budget on TV...it may be simplistic, but i really do read comics solely for men flying, shooting lasers out of their eyes, and blowing lots and lots of shit up. i enjoy the character stuff too, else i wouldn't keep coming back for 30+ years, but i can read real books for character stuff. i need that particular mix from my comics. the sole exception to that formula has really been Fables and a couple Crossgen books, and even they read like superhero books.
i don't read comics to get stuff like Love & Rockets, or PVP, or any of the snarky or touchy-feely stuff in-between, i'm not "edgy" or twisted enough to give two shits about anything Garth Ennis writes, i'm not British or cynical enough to read much Warren Ellis, and i'm nowhere near emo enough or dark enough to care for most of the Vertigo line.
i just don't "get" those sensibilities. i LOVE superheroes.
Well then I'll avoid you for the duration of my stay here at the Outhouse. I don't like superheroes and I think it's what's really holding comics as a medium down. The fact that when people talk about comics as a form of literature they call it a "graphic novel" I get upset.
Now, I'm not a hater of heroes. I like the superhero when written to be complex enough to analyze, to break down and to be able to put it together in some form or another that makes sense. DC had two really great superhero comics in the 80s, and Marvel had a couple too, and ever since then everyone's been trying to write their superheroes like that while adhering to the age-long drivel that has been defined as whatever the fuck it's being defined by.
But at the same time there's room for so much more. It's like what if every stage play ever written was a romance comedy, then we'd never get the other forms of comedy or the many forms of tragedy, and the theatre would suck ass. On the upside we wouldn't have musicals and I'd be more inclined to attend the theatre
Anyways, ramble ramble!