I’ve really been fuming lately over the stranglehold Diamond has over comics distribution in the United States. For instance, if you want to put a great superhero book out, if you’re not part of the “bigger” companies, they’ll flat-out reject your series, no matter how good it is. “Too many superhero books,” they say, as I’ve heard from several Indie comics creators. Well, maybe someone’s finally doing something about it!
Over the last several years, I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve met many Indie comics creators who have been expanding the boundaries of comics storytelling. Superheroes have long been the dominant type of comic in the industry, so it’s no surprise folks are pushing the boundaries in that genre. I’ve been happy to buy these products at conventions, through Kickstarter projects and Comixology.com, among other ways. Well, two of the folks I’ve previously interviewed I’ve stayed in touch with, and both submitted their superhero books for insertion into the Diamond Previews catalog. They both recently told me they received rejection
One of the great concepts I’ve been enjoying in comics these days is the exploration of: What if superheroes were real? How would the average person react to them? Would they be treating them like celebrities? This comic brings a Stand By Me-like concept to a group of kids who find something they don’t know how to deal with – the end of a superhero! One of the great concepts I’ve been enjoying in comics these days is the exploration of: What if superheroes were real? How would the average person react to them? Would they be treating them like
Some superheroes seem to have a dynasty behind them. The same powers and persona appear to go on for generation after generation. I used to love the old Batman stories written by Alfred as he imagined what Batman II and Robin II would be like, for example. Well, The Mantle looks at this possibility in depth, with all kinds of people inheriting the powers of the Mantle. At the same time, however, they gain the same destructive enemy, and he keeps wreaking havoc with whoever this power selects.
I often find myself wondering just what it would be like to live in a world where costumed heroes and mad villains actually exist. Would I be drawn into participating in their struggles somehow? Or would I end up being a sideliner, someone who watches from afar or may be a victim of a battle somewhere?
For quite a while now, the only superhero comic book you will ever need has been aiming at making significant changes. Though it’s quite late, this issue is worth the wait as at least two big happenings take place, and they’ll likely have a big impact on the characters as future issues arrive in your local store.
Okay, who’s your favorite comics hero? Does he or she have super-powers or not? Then look over the other characters you like. Do they follow the same pattern? Because comics can make special effects happen rather inexpensively, it seems we’ll always have most of the books feature people with powers. But more and more comics are starring those who have no unusual talents or at least who don’t wear costumes. Me, I prefer non-powered people to those with abilities far beyond those of mortal men. There are several reasons for that.
Press Release Popular Cosplay personality Tanya Tate (http://www.justalottatanya.com) heads into San Diego Comic Con at full throttle with several scheduled events. Tanya has made her mark in geekdom with her fun and sexy superhero costumes that she has taken to wearing at many pop-culture events. That love of cosplay evolved into the JustaLottaTanya.com blog, which feature Tanya’s video reviews and event coverage. Now the British beauty reveals her plans for San Diego Comic Con 2013 that include the unveiling of her new comic book character, Lady Titan, at the July 18th – 21st event.
Kyle Higgins, the current writer of Nightwing, has an unparalleled love of superheroes that manifests itself in his short film The League. Set in Chicago, the Grey Raven’s sidekick, Sparrow, has returned to investigate a series of murders seemingly committed by an old speedster super villain. Does the passion poured into the project make for a good film? Find out with a special indie movie Major Spoilers review!
The sad fact of the matter is that we live in a world where being exposed to radioactivity will kill you rather than allow you to grow 50 feet tall and shoot energy beams from your eyes. But what if we didn’t? What if we lived in the crazy world of comic book superheroes? Who, then, would the heroes of this world be? We could certainly guess, but fortunately we don’t have to. Since comics are always pretty specific about who gets to become a superhero. The signs are there, you just have to put it all together.
This week on the show: Rodrigo is still absent, The Goon punches some zombies, and KIRKMAN! (doesn’t appear on the show). [podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/majorspoilers/msp370.mp3[/podcast] Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes RSS Feed Show Notes after the Jump!