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Subj: Re: Two main reasons for that: Decompression and the Internet.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 08:22:57 am EDT (Viewed 173 times)
Reply Subj: Two main reasons for that: Decompression and the Internet.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 06:52:09 am EDT (Viewed 244 times)


    But I think also that as we get older our attention spans decrease. Case in point I went to see Watchmen with my friends on Friday night. After about 50 minutes one of my friends said he was leaving because nothing was happening and got up and walked out and home (about a 40 minute walk). Thats the first time I have ever seen him (or any of my friends) walk out on a movie and poor though Watchmen was, we have went to see many movies a lot worse than that.

Heh. My co-worker walked out on Watchmen too. Only she couldn't handle the violence and sex and basically called it 'a 3 hour porno for super heroes'.

Mind you, she -and I- LOVE films like 'Kill Bill' and 'Reservoir Dogs' (And we're not prudes either), but Watchmen must have been a little too much for her. I was going to see it that day after work, but eh, I think I'm going to wait for the Dollar Theater price. (Luckily, WALL-E made her believe in movies again, so I did my job there!)

    Decompression, in my opinion, is the most annoying thing in comics today. It sucks all the life and excitement out of a story in an attempt to give it an added intelligence or gravitas. I think thats one reason why the Hulk is doing so well in the charts - its all-action style is a complete breath of fresh air to mainstream masses. Thor, for all the gravitas JMS brings to it, is, for the most part a boring comic. Interesting yes, but moments of excitement are few and far between.

This I have to agree with. I think when used properly, say for one of those pretentious auto-biographical comics, decompression works. For super-hero comics, not so much. While the story itself isn't bad, I really think JMS could have gotten all of this done in 7-8 issues. I guess he wanted to stretch it out for the big #600.

    The internet also ruins things to an extent. Especially for those of us outside North America who get our comics late. I have to fight the urge not to read the scans over at herochat, usually I cave. Which means, I will have read every mainstream title I buy even before it reaches the shops here. I should add that I don't agree with piracy and that 90% of the time I only read scans of comics I already I have on my pull list. Occasionally someone will have posted a comic that sounds interesting and I'll go check it out and start buying it because of first reading the scans (Mighty Avengers since Slott took over for instance).

Before scans_daily went under (good riddance though, that place got extraordinarily toxic in the last year or so), I used to read scans from the newest comics and some old ones too. Mostly the old ones. But I too disagree with pirating new comics (especially since I want to start drawing/writing them someday too). Only in very rare instances do I spend the money without reading scans or officially sanctioned previews first (case in point: the 'Stormbreaker' trade).

    Not saying Godland and Invincible are the comics for you, everyone is different after all. But what I am saying is that there are probably comics out there that you are unaware of that will reignite your passion for the medium. I hope you can find them before you give up.

I also want to suggest maybe try some manga titles if none of the English indies work either. I'm not talking about the newest, uninspired crap like Naruto (which is decompressed worse than your average Marvel title) or Bleach, I'm talking about the classics. Lone Wolf and Cub and Record of Lodoss War are both good, as is anything by Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express, Captain Harlock). The only new series I've liked lately is 'Soul Eater', which is super fine. But your mileage may vary, depending on your tastes.

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