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Posted 06-04-2010 at 12:55 PM by W.West
Updated 06-04-2010 at 02:32 PM by W.West

Haven't had a blog post in a very long time. I definitely have a lot of topics to blog about. Life is life, right? Anyway, I'm partially back now so lets get to it. This time around, I'm just going to direct you to some articles, quotes, interviews that you simply MUST READ. Before you head to your local comic shop, before you decide to reread that Absolute Edition of Green Lantern: Rebirth, and even before you blink...READ THESE.

First up we have one of my newly favorite artists Sean Murphy(Joe the Barbarian) telling us all about the ART OF STORYTELLING. Here's one of my favorite quotes from the very talented artist:

And Iím not trying to slander other artists who donít care about storytelling. Most comics arenít about storytelling, theyíre about epic ideas and pretty pictures. A ton of guys donít care about storytelling and have great careers--just none of the guys I'm into. I just wish people would stop calling themselves storytellers when they donít even want to be.
Wow! Love it. I always love it when someone I enjoy(whether in comics, movies, professors, coworkers) say things that are so close to what I believe in. Preach on brotha Murphy!

Next up we have an excellent article from Douglas Wolk( asking 8 Questions to Comic Creators. Of course the questions are not asked directly to any one specific creator or group of creators but any creator in comics should take the time to read this. As should you, because as I've said before we need to step our game up and FIND OUR BALANCE when it comes to enjoying comics. Here's a small segment of Douglas' fantastic read:

Why is this comic a bargain for its cover price?

I don't think $4 is prima facie too much for a comic book; I paid $125 for Kramers Ergot 7, and I'd do it again. But there are a lot of $3 and $4 comics out there, and that adds up in a hurry, and if I'm going to buy a 32-to-40-page pamphlet I want to get the sense that its creators passionately believe that it's going to be the most awesome, most spectacularly entertaining thing I read all month, rather than another piece of product to fire off in this week's skirmish in the market share wars. Be amazing or get off the racks.
"Be amazing or get off the racks." I've got 59 blog entries here and they all pretty much fail to say as much as those seven words have done.

The A.V. Club
interviews my favorite comic creator, Grant Morrison. Topics range from writing Dick Grayson as a poor kid, his upcoming nonfiction(non-comic!) book SuperGods, and his expectations of the critically acclaimed All Star Superman series among other things. As usual, Grant provides an interesting read and an even better outlook on comics from a creator standpoint. I talked to (comic writer)Ron Marz a while back, and he had similar thoughts on the how to deal with leaving character titles in a "shared universe." Here's what Morrison had to say in this MUST READ interview:

AVC: When youíre done with a project and you hand it off to somebody else, do you still follow it? Do you keep an eye on what people are doing with what youíve left behind?

GM: I sometimes go back. Not often. Itís weird that thereís a sustained continuity that people pass on. Characters are re-energized by new generations of creative people. Youíre kind of passing on the baton, and it might go in a completely different way from anything you thought was appropriate. So sometimes, yeah, Iíve looked at them now and again, but sometimes theyíre very different from what I would like to see. [Laughs.] Itís a hard question. Sometimes I pretend not to look at my own characters, because thatís like different people getting off with your girlfriend or something.

AVC: So if someone else is writing Animal Man or Doom PatrolÖ

GM: I usually check it out, but I start seething, sitting in the chair thinking, ďThis is totally daft, he would never say that!Ē
I'm glad he thinks that way, because that's certainly what 99% of comic fans do once their favorite creative team leaves a character. How many of your favorite Batman stories are followed directly by an equally great story? Or even that same feeling? Morrison's time on Batman has been about all of that history, those tone changes, those drastically different takes on the character....all of it, actually happening to one man. Anything and anyone who follows up your favorite story is going to be disappointing. You know that from the start, and it makes me feel good that creators know that.

There you go. You may now enjoy your comics again, hopefully we have made a mark on you.
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