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GOING POSTAL — indie comics

Diversity in Comics & Alexandra Forever

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  In the pursuit of a representative population general fitness level, in particular weight, wasn’t on my mind at first. I was focused on a mix of age, gender and race. It only occurred to me when I saw some of the initial panels. Steve, to his credit, has a great deal of creative freedom (or, conversely and more accurately, extremely minimal guidance) on the look of the project. In one of his renderings early on in the project he had drawn a couple of the male characters as being overweight. Seeing them it occurred to me that, up to that...

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Sci-fi versus Space Opera: Alexandra Forever

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Admittedly I came to this blog post with a preconceived notion of sci-fi. The gist of which is that sci-fi is reliant on extrapolated scientific theories to tell the story. Even if it’s really bad speculative science it is science that is the catalyst for the fiction. Space opera, once considered a pejorative term (and maybe still is in some circles), is a sub genre of sci-fi. While taking place in space, it does not heavily rely on speculative science. Meaning, the story could be told without reference to, or use of, science.     The distinction in application is...

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Alexandra Forever: Comic Books versus Graphic Novels

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This post is not about the respective definitions of comic books versus graphic novels but rather the perception of the two by the reading public. I wouldn’t rate it as a hot topic, but it is an interesting one and it pops up from time-to-time. Do graphic novels have a literary clout that comic books do not? There is the now infamous story of Neil Gaiman who, while attending a dinner party not long after the release of “Sandman,” happened to mention to a fellow guest that he wrote comics resulting in the individual politely attempting to extricate themselves from...

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Comic Book Movies & Alexandra Forever

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In his October 4th article, ‘Indie Comic Book Publishers Make Moves Toward TV and Film’, in the New York Times, Gregory Schmidt interviewed Ted Adams, the chief executive and publisher of IDW Publishing, and Mike Richardson, the chief executive and publisher of Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse Entertainment. Both publishers categorized in the comic book industry as ‘indie’. The article discusses how IDW, Dark Horse and similar independent publishers are following in the footsteps of Marvel and DC by reimagining themselves as entertainment companies. When Steven Spielberg (arguably the most successful film maker of all time) refers movies based...

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The Netflix of Comic Books

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Complex.com reported today, in an article entitled “Introducing ComicBlitz, the Netflix of Comic Books”, on a new digital comic iPad app that works on the same business model as Netflix – but for digital comics. For 9.99 per month readers have access to over 2000 titles with promise of an ever growing catalogue. Currently only available for iOS, ComicBlitz plans to expand to other platforms. ComicBlitz joins a growing field of several streaming services, such as Scribd and Crunchyroll, which have launched over the last two years. If Marvel’s Unlimited program, which launched in 2007 is any indicator, streaming is...

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