Meh: I’ve seen bigger ones in issues of Aquaman.
So, do you make comics too?: Joey Manley thinks that maybe most of the people who like comics also make them, which he ponders in this short, interesting piece. He says, “Almost everybody I’ve ever met who reads comics has, at some point or another, actually made one, even if he or she never showed it to anybody.” I can’t say the same thing at all, but maybe because Manley and I have different friends. It does seem to be something special about the medium though and, I suppose in certain circles, even a negative one. I remember hearing one pro, who I want to say was Mark Waid but it’s been like a decade so I can’t say for certain, quip at a panel that other types of writers have fans, whereas comics writers have a bunch of people who want their jobs. (Link swiped from Dirk Deppey)
If true, this is great news: But it’s probably not true. Counter to the prevailing wisdom, this newspaper column, entitled “Comic book heroes conquer legions of young adults” says that, “Like video stores before the rise of Netflix, comic book stores are now experiencing steroid-like growth.” Oh really? Evidence? Um, well, Hugh Jackman sang about movies based on comic books at the Oscars, and some local people he talked to read them and, uh, New England Comics has nine locations.
“Mark Waid’s ‘JLA’ still sets gold standard for superhero genre”: I don’t think I’d go anywhere near as far as the writer of this piece, who states that Waid’s run includes “two of the finest superhero stories in the DC archives,” but Waid’s run was a pretty good one, and I think it looks a lot better today than it did at the time. (That is, I think it seems to get better and better as time passes). Waid had the unenviable task of following up a long run by Grant Morrison which redefined the direction of the franchise, and he unfortunately didn’t have a full artist partner to work with (His “official” pencil artist was Bryan Hitch, although I don’t think he ever completed an entire story arc, but rather just did the early part or parts or arcs and covers). One of the many things I disliked about Identity Crisis was the way it casually discarded story points that drove Waid’s run on this book. Anyway, this dude loved it. (UPDATE: Sorry, it looks like the Internet ate the article this origianlly linked to. The point was, some guy said Mark Waid’s JLA run was the bee’s knees, and I agree, the end).