News Round-up: Fall/Winter 2012

To Reboot or not to Reboot?

So, everyone was all flustered (and often just seething with hatred out of jealousy, angst, disgust, or whatever the reason) about Tim Buckley’s decision to reboot his uber-popular comic CTRL+ALT+DELETE. He wanted a better way to tell the gaming stories and jokes, so he killed off his characters and is moving forward. So, the question is… although most of us agree with the “it’s your comic, do whatever you want” motto, at what point in your fame and fortune do you lose that perk? SHOULD you lose that perk? How much do you need to pander to your readers by hanging on to your characters (or even your comic itself), even when you feel the quality of your content has been suffering? Obviously, the less of a readership, the less of an outcry when you do something drastic… but when you make any little change to your comic with a large readership, the internet explodes.

Some input on his decision HERE.

 

The Hawkeye Initiative… to be hilarious/terrifying/awesome.

Another community project has reared it’s ugly, gender-defying, sexy lil’ head. You may recall recent discussions about the over-sexualization of women in Marvel/DC comic books taking over the interwebs, but something new has surfaced on Tumblr: The Hawkeye Initiative. The concept is simple: take a cover or image of a disproportionate heroine in a ridiculously sexy pose, and replace HER with HAWKEYE in the same disturbing pose. The result is so outlandishly silly, it makes you wonder why seeing women that way was accepted in the first place. Well, okay… we know why… lets not be dumb…. regardless, a project like this can be a great exercise, and a way to get your name some.. erm.. exposure.

Comic Book Resources covers the “online movement” HERE, as well as Bleeding Cool, HERE.But then there’s people like THIS who just seem to GET IT, complaining about the exact same issues women do, regarding over-sexualized female characters. Go figure.

 

 

 

Con Season: A Reality TV Show?

A new news round-up, a new KICKSTARTER to highlight. Many of us have already been bounced around the “con circuit”, even if in our own tri-state areas. Weekend after weekend, you can start to feel like a rock star– hotels, masses of people, rockin’ your table, and drinking/eating too much. So, why not (another) reality TV show documenting what it’s like to work the circuit during “con season”? Well, the guys at Blind Ferret/Least I could Do, want to make that happen.

“Simply put, Con Season is a documentary reality show that invites the viewers to all the shows Blind Ferret attends through-out the year. There’s tons of footage out there showing what cons are like, but nothing from the other side of the table. Cons are a world all their own with a wonderful, unique culture that we are proud to be a part of. What we’re doing is showing people what a convention is like from our point of view and giving them some insight from seasoned Con Vets. There’s panels, shenanigans, problems, fans galore, cosplay and regular Joe’s, after con parties, and especially, a more intimate and closer look at what it is Blind Ferret does.”
 
 

Print and Web: Full Circle.

Webcomics eventually become print books, and printed comics will soon all be available to read digitally as well. Can we stop the stupid war now? There are 2 formats that work. Offer ’em both. But, take full advantage of each medium. As THIS ARTICLE by The Chicago Reader breaks down, digital comics can be so much more than simply comics in PDF format. Even old classics like Little Nemo in Slumberland¬† can be revamped and made interactive online (thanks, Google)… adding a whole new dimension. A scrolling, animated coverage of the 2012 Election found HERE got a lot of attention as well. Putting comics online is no longer ground-breaking, so is this the next step to make a bigger splash in the gigantic pool that is the internet?

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. To be honest, the Hawkeye Initiative frustrates me. I understand why they do it and I appreciate the intent behind it.

    But I’ve seen some poses that just seem to be “draw Hawkeye in a woman’s pose just for the sake of doing it.” A large percentage of submissions are perfectly valid! But a not-insignificant amount of them feel like they’re trying to say women can’t use sex appeal at all. I completely get that the intent is to bring light to objectification in comics. I don’t get what the point of some of the non-sexy redraws are — or even some of the poses that are sexy but not absurd.

    To be honest, I think Escher Girls does a LOT better at doing what the Hawkeye Initiative is trying to do.

    I also believe if the Hawkeye Initiative made it clearer what its purpose was and what constituted an acceptable pose, I would be less frustrated with them. Right now it seems like the point is to take ANY pose, ridiculous or not, and put Hawkeye in it. I don’t agree with that.

    • Hi Micah! Thanks for the input… I had never heard of Escher Girls, so I did a quick search and read though their Tumblr a bit (here, for anyone interested: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/)… gets the message across better. HI is a little looser, and more open to accepting anything. There should be clearer rules… maybe then less people would get confused about the purpose of HI (like the one article I linked).

      The combination of poor anatomy AND the objectification of women should be what drives a HI entrant’s piece… those 2 elements are the perfect storm of why I think covers like that popular Cat Woman issue are completely ridiculous.

  2. Re: Interactive comics

    I think there is a fine line being toed here. Both of the examples are amazing, and still qualify as ‘comics’ the way I would define them, but at what point does the interactivity change from ‘comics’ to ‘limited animation’ or ‘game’ to ‘not comics but something else’?

    If done well, as in the examples provided, Mark Waid’s Thrillbent, and some other select projects, then the stuff that makes ‘comics,’ comics, is still there. I guess these techniques have the chance of birthing a new storytelling form that perhaps ISN’T comics as we know them, but is informed by them and derived from them. Sort of the way film informed television, but television also developed its own language, approaches to storytelling and presentation, and became a medium separate from film. Maybe true ‘webcomics’ as opposed to the traditional comics form, delivered on the web? Exciting and interesting stuff.

    • good input Bruce. I see interactive/animated comics as an extension, not the future of what everyone HAS to do. It’s like a 3D movie. Some like it, some don’t care for the extra bells & whistles. Just as you wouldn’t bother making some (quality) movies 3D, some (quality) comics don’t need to be animated or interactive…. and they can stand on their own and be awesome nonetheless.

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