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Subj: Re: Two main reasons for that: Decompression and the Internet.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 03:27:52 pm EDT (Viewed 10 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Two main reasons for that: Decompression and the Internet.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 03:21:16 pm EDT (Viewed 11 times)


      > Hello.

      Hi Adey mate! \:\-\)

      > The reason of my post is that I feel that comics ( even Thor ) don't really do it for me anymore. I know I've always shown enthusiasm to the medium and especially Thor as a character but I feel that I'm losing interest as a whole.

      > I actually received issue # 600 a couple of weeks ago by post but I only read it a couple days ago.

      > Normally, I would read them straight away but I just put it away and read it when I felt like it.

      > Maybe the whole industry doesn't excite me anymore.
      I don't even rave on about too many things on this forum or any of the others I post on anymore.

      > I used to post on the Battleboard all the time. Now, not much if at all, it's the same at CBR & Marvel.

      > Even my art has taken a long hiatus because of my mood towards comics. I'm just not sure how I feel about the whole industry anymore.
      I'm gonna get rid of all my comics anyway and just keep my trades from now on. I mean Thor is the only book I buy anyway so I don't need to worry about other books.

      > Is this really just a case of me having enough of comics at this time of my life or they really are just pieces of paper that you look at and feel like you are going through the motions most of the time when you read them.?

      What I have found is that a combination of decompressed writing and internet spoilers and previews combine to really drain my enthusiasm.

      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.

      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.

      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).

      My suggestion for beating the comicbook blues and make comics exciting again is to pick a comic thats neither decompressed nor likely to end up scanned and disected by Wednesday afternoon (UK time for me - different for you no doubt).

      I read Godland and Invincible (Trades only for the latter) and both are far more fun, entertaining and interesting than all the Marvel comics I get put together. Unfortunately, both have their problems with scheduling. Invincible presumably because Kirkman is arsing about too much and Godland because its low down on Casey and Scioli's priority list. However, I can forgive them all simply because those comics are so brilliant and inventive.

      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.

Uk bro' how are you mate? Good I hope. I agree completely with what you say. I have felt an awful lot of enthusiasm drain from me in recent times for all the reasons you state.

My antidote was to latch onto Batman in the aftermath of the movie. I always had a passing interest in the character but guided by some great people I jumped in and had a ball. I bought trades for fun and really started to get into a whole range of new characters. I know it sounds like a corny cliched jump on board the band-wagon sort of thing but I have had a lot of fun with it. I still buy Thor (for now) and buy DD and Cap because I love that man Brubaker and in anycase am a DD fan.

Good to see you in these parts UK.

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