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October 18, 2010 in comics, comics should be good, CSBG, she has no head! | Tags: comics!, ladies comics project, she has no head!
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October 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Another great read.
I have to say, I’m already excited for the next feature.
Also, you stated, “If I was a publisher or creator (at least one of which I hope to be) I would say that I’ve learned that there IS a large untapped market out there ready and waiting to be tapped.”
I totally agree with you, but unfortunately, I think there is a bias towards just “reading” comics which would require convincing.
I mean, hypothetically you could make a comic based off a soap opera or a reality TV series. I do not think it would sell though, because people see “comic book” and immediately jump to the conclusion that it is childish.
I can remember being in grade six through to high school and being made fun of for reading comics.
If I couldn’t be a child and in that arguable “appropriate” age group for what people generalize comics as, what could make an adult sway that way? What could change peoples minds about how one perceives comics?
Just some odd questions that came up.
Either way, I thought your features were fantastic, and I greatly enjoy reading what you have to offer. Keep ‘em up!
October 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm
Thanks for the feedback – and of course all the compliments.
I think you’re right that there’s still some stigma attached to comics – especially when younger (and I remember one high school girl in Hope Larson’s survey from last summer commenting about being a “cool kid” and as such she really couldn’t afford to be seen reading something “for geeks”) so there’s definitely still stigma…but I think it’s less than it used to be…by a lot.
With the rise in popularity and “coolness” of graphic novels in recent years I think comics have gained some ground. For example, none of these ladies seemed afraid of the stigma of comics…in fact they all seemed really intrigued and curious…so I think that’s a good sign.
But yes, I agree, the stigma is not fully gone…it may never be.
October 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm
You’re right about graphic novels gaining comics popularity. But even then, it’s still not a labeled a “comic” by many. Even within its own name. Maybe I’m just being nit-picky with terms, but I would argue calling something a “graphic novel” instead of a “comic book” (despite there being difference between the two), gives a difference image for what it is. But that’s now getting into definitions and history and all that jazz I don’t want to ramble about.
But you are right with comics starting a bit of a surge. You can see it every day with the “We <3 Geeks" shirts and other stuff being strutted around.
Oh, and skip ahead to 3:40 and try not to laugh.
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