These days, comics books are almost exclusively superhero or superhero-related action pieces, but that hasn’t always been the case. Screwball comedies were the life blood of the genre well into the sixties, while westerns dominated the early fifties for many publishers. Even the likes of Carl Barks’ funny animal/grand adventure books would be hard-pressed to find an audience these days, which is a shame. Of course, many of the most successful books of the last few years have folded in bits of other genres: ‘Saga’ uses tropes of science fiction, ‘Afterlife With Archie’ uses horror, ‘Sex Criminals’ an updated (and *very* graphic) helping of the tropes of romance comics, which leads us to today’s mashed-up query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) could stand with more romance in my comics, especially for the likes of Batwoman, Ms. Marvel and Benjamin Grimm, asking: What lost genre would you most like to see more of in modern comics stories?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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