About comic books


I have a couple interesting links about comic books. First is this article about comic pricing, printing costs and profits.

Next is a post about the cancellation of Blue Beetle, a comic I happen to like. The language at that link is NSFW.

One thing John Rogers said about the cancellation of Blue Beetle is that it had a three-year run, which would be pretty good for a TV show, or a movie with two sequels. The analogy doesn’t really work, though. It’s 36 issues of 22 page booklets, hardly any story at all in each.

I don’t know. I liked it and wanted more. Sue me.

I should mention that I’ve been reading an awful lot of comics lately, and it’s begun to wear me out. There are no little moments, no scenes where a character picks out clothes for an important trip, or wanders around a supermarket. Sure, there are scenes where someone sits alone and thinks, but it’s always on the cusp of a huge battle or after the world has been destroyed or something.

That’s not a bad thing. It’s a compressed form. But I think I’m going to need a sprawling fantasy novel next.