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comics ponderings

Have definitely fallen headfirst into comics again. This was not planned. I'm working through a bunch of trades currently. Black Magic is looking good, very female-centric urban fantasy cop book, but the first trade barely gets it started, so I need Rucka and Scott to bring it back from hiatus. Monstress (Liu/Takeda) is dense but worth it, once you get into it; I'm looking forward to the next trade. Harrow County (Bunn/Crook) is freaking gorgeous so far, this wonderful watercolor stuff and a spooky story of just the kind I like.

I'm not reading Marvel, because I'm just so irritated by the perpetual and disruptive crossover events, the endless reboots, and the constant juggling of creative teams. So it's all Image and other smaller publishers for me. It's too bad, because Marvel is putting out a ton of female-centric books these days but ugh. No. I might break my rule for Gamora, though, but in general it's all Image and Dark Horse and indies for me.

I keep having this problem, though, where I feel like I don't know how to be fannish about comics. Most comics have no fic fandom whatsoever, and in order to write I need both readers and, ideally, some predecessors whose fic I can read, so that's a no-go. Likewise, it's often hard to even find anyone to talk with about what I read. I have zero graphics skills, so that's not really an outlet (and that would really work better if I bought digital, which I don't).

It kind of feels like the way to be fannish about comics is to read more comics, but a) $$, b) I don't want to just be consuming media all the time. IDK. I don't know how to funnel my comics enthusiasm into something that feels creative or productive. It's a struggle. I've started dabbling in drawing again, so at least there's that? (NB: I am Not an Artist.)

I'm also having some angst, again, about how to buy comics. I don't have a tablet, so digital is a pain. Floppies just irritate me; I hate storing them and I dislike rereading them. I really just want trades, but they always say if you want to support your favorite series, you buy floppies. But I don't wanna. Also I just respond better to comics if I get a bunch of story at once, ie in a trade. So I think I've decided to just spread my comics $ out among more trades. That supports my beloved LCS, at least.

And if I DO start buying floppies of something, it's a rule that I have to buy a whole arc of five issues or whatever. I have the first three issues of so many books which I then finished in digital or failed to finish at all.

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Nov. 7th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
YAY! I love Black Magick! But I'm worried he's too busy with Wonder Woman and Lazarus...I also feel torn because I also want more Star Wars from him, too.

My only Marvel currently is Kate Bishop and Poe Dameron.

I seem to discuss comics the most on Twitter or the comments section of Tumblr posts. However, there is a secret girls only comic group on Facebook and sometimes, we get things going.

When it comes to the big names, only the single issues count towards whether it'll be continued or not...unfortunately, Image, Dark Horse, IDW count as biggies here. Trades count if it's a smaller comic, but those are usually Kickstarter funded to begin with. I buy trades if it's a series where I want to see all the variant covers. I buy singles for those I care about the most. Then later, I'll buy whatever's on sale, at the library or can be read at Barnes and Noble without opening up the cellophane.
Nov. 9th, 2016 12:15 pm (UTC)
I hear he's about done with Wonder Woman, though (as is Scott). So, soon? *fingers crossed*

Do you have any favorite Twitters you follow?
Nov. 7th, 2016 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm in a similar situation regarding fannishness. I'd like to write more fic, but I don't know who'd read it, and I've pretty much fallen off DC and Marvel a couple of reboots ago.
Nov. 9th, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be opposed to reading fic, but part of my dilemma is that I'm not sure fic is even what I want, exactly. I tend to read and write most of my fic in whatever single fandom I'm into at the time, and my interest in comics is scattered among so many titles. So I don't even know what kind of fannish engagement I'm really looking for. :P

As for the big 2, at least Image is good. They've got so many cool things going on that I don't even miss Marvel.
Nov. 9th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
That' a good point. I "grew up" with fic being by far my main form of fannish engagement, but the spectrum is really huge, and it keeps growing over time (e.g., given a superhero video game that can be modded, I can't imagine there not being fannish modding, recreations of key canon moments, AUs, etc).
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I feel like maybe I need to expand my definition of fannishness. I just haven't figured out what direction to look in, yet.
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