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Subj: Re: Comics today versus twenty years ago
Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 10:47:27 pm EST (Viewed 670 times)
Reply Subj: Comics today versus twenty years ago
Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 11:13:54 am EST (Viewed 960 times)

Just my speculation.

    Case in point...I remember in the 80s when every interlude actually led you into a new story today however a point can be made in a story and noone ever deals with it, the thought is just dropped like it never happened.

My impression is that some writers think this makes their book "more real". Random events and random conversation are part of real life and so it gets added to comics. I agree with you that it can be frustrating at times.

    People come back from the dead and sometimes there's no explanation for their return, that never used to happen no matter how lame the explanantion there always was one," i was shot into a rocket and before it hit the sun I managed to hit the eject button and some bird people carried me back to earth"

Writers don't want to get bogged down in continuity, so they won't reference a story from years ago unless it specifically advances their plot. Especially with bringing back villains, they just don't bother. I think this is in part because of trade paperbacks and new readers.

    And im sorry but i dont remember comics being late three months at a time in some cases the way they are now.

This is irritating to me too. It's all about the trade, though. They can't ship a fill-in issue because they don't want to ruin the trade. They don't hurry the artist or get a replacement because they want the art in the trade to be consistent. It is unprofessional, but then, I think writers and artists have always been that way. It was just masked better in the earlier eras. Also, the lure of tv, movies, video games, is greater now. That just makes it worse.


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