Hey everybody. Remember me? I used to write a blog about comic books. Then I went on vacation far, far away from where they didn’t sell comic books. And since I’m still behind the curve on the whole digital comics sensation currently sweeping the charts, I got a little lost.
But that’s what happens with real life: You get busy. Needless to say, I took a little while getting back into comics. I caught up a little bit and here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
I love comics. I love that I sometimes hate comics. I love how I change my mind about how I feel about what’s going on in comics all the time. I like that I have friends in the comic community. I respect them and what they do.
But I also hate that I love comics. Because its so easy to be disappointed. Some days I shake my head and wonder, why do I do this to myself? Why do I subject myself to this weekly misery? Financially, it’s a cash sink I can’t afford. Critically, not much of what I spend my money on is very enjoyable.
But then there’s some stuff I like. Some stuff that blows my mind. Some stories that make me cry or make me laugh or make me think. And that’s what entertainment is all about, right? Being entertained? Those stories that stand out are like bright and shining stars among the cold, black emptiness of space. They give me hope. Hope that comics are as powerful a media as I think they are. A purely unfiltered representation of all of our human experiences. Comics as what they always have been: Awesome.
Because comics are awesome! They really are. They can do so much that other art-forms can’t. That’s pretty amazing.
I’ve been reading comics a very, very, very long time. Sometimes I don’t want to read them anymore. Sometimes things get so dismally bad in comics that its as if all the beauty is sucked right out of it. That it’s just a giant cesspool of terrible plot devices, god-awful dialogue, and Rob Liefeld.
And yet, I’m hooked through the bag on comics. I need more. I must want needs have. This is what an addictive personality looks like. I crave stories. Let me be entertained! I hafta gotta have it. Gimme gimme gimme.
So come on. Give me all ya got, you crazy comic book creators. I can take it. I promise.
I can take a reboot to the ass.
Event Fatigue is my bitch.
Re-imagining is the new imagination!
THIS WARN YOU!
I’ll pay by the exclamation point and suffer your terrible continuity errors over-and-over-and-over again… Just so long as I can live in a world where I can walk into any 7-11 and read about a guy in a cape beating the crap out of another guy.
Or a zombie movie that doesn’t end.
Or a memoir about how your father was secretly gay.
Or about a teenager who crawls around like a spider.
Or a space cowboy
Or a girl who kills mobsters
Or a Man who can Fly
Or any other story you can think of that might be interesting.
Just make it good….
…. Or I’m going to stop supporting you.
It’s that simple. They say that the power of the consumer is in his dollar. I believe this to be true. I can’t support a habit of $2.99 x New 52 every three months. I just can’t. So I have to be meticulous about what I read, what I try out, what I’m going to spend my hard-earned dough on.
Coming up with a new fancy logo or bringing back titles that went the way of the dodo back in ’96 is a guarantee that you will not be getting my money. Guaranteed. Think about that for a second. I’ll wait. Your desperate grabs at my nostalgia are a pretty lame bet too (Transformers will never be as cool as they were when I was 7. Stop trying to make me believe otherwise).
I want to spend money on stories. Who wouldn’t? But if its no good, I’m out. Sorry. What makes a book something I’ll buy? Overall, my criteria is easy: I want the stories I read to be good. I want the monthly comics I read to be intriguing, engaging, fascinating, and interesting… Not just something that keeps the lights on until the parent company can make a terrible movie to recoup its annual losses. Not just something that makes me wonder, “When are they going to fix that?” I want something good to read…. Not just the same old boy-meets-girl-meets-bionic-armed-robot-lizard-cyborg-ninja-vs-cowboys-vs-alien-nation-in-a-half-shell. Got it?
I want to read some good comics. So get to it.
March 7, 2012