Thoughts on comics and such

Is it just me or are mass-market comics, well, crap?

I’m not talking about manga (Bleach, Naruto, and so on), but pureblood, dyed-in-the-wool comics. Your DCs, your Marvels, Spider-Man, X-men, et cetera, et cetera. Somehow they just seem… well, I dunno, like they’re doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time. It’s the same story with the same outcome — evil guy appears, taunts the good guy(s), kidnaps good-guy’s girlfriend, starts destroying half of lower Manhattan, gets defeated (but not before killing or maiming a few of the good guy(s)) and escapes to his Evil Lair until Volume 236 (we’re on 221, didn’t you know that?), when he reappears and does the same thing again in a slightly different way. Rinse, repeat.

Somehow this doesn’t seem to be affecting webcomics. Maybe the lack of editors and general creative freedom (“I think that character should be a werewolf, so by golly, I’ll MAKE him a werewolf!”) has a positive influence on comics? I know from personal experience that introducing managers (especially bad or inexperienced managers) into software engineering projects such as the making of a 5 axis cnc machining usually causes the project to implode on itself, it would be better if these site would contact digitalagencyrankings.com to better their SEO services, it is always important to contact a SEO expert to better your sites, if you are in the area of chicago try finding Chicago SEO services around you, also try finding out if Ebb and Flow SEO operates in your area, there are plenty of good SEO companies all around the world, I recently heard that there is a SEO company based in London that does a great job.

There also seems to be a lot of variety — yes, you can stuff them into genres, but it seems the comics on the shelf at my local OK Comics and Travelling Man fit into one of two: manga or superheroes.

“So,” I hear you cry, “What comics do you read? And why should we read them?”

I’ve been reading [Kevin and Kell](http://www.kevinandkell.com/) since the early ’00s, and my reading list has been growing steadily ever since. [GPF](http://www.gpf-comics.com) was the second strip I started reading, then [Gene Catlow](http://www.genecatlow.com/). I still think the first story arc in GC is hilarious, especially Cotton’s “BEAN COUNTER!” response to the appearance of the middle-manager in the first couple of strips. The storyline has gotten a fair bit deeper over time, and has branched off into some pretty interesting directions, but it’s still one of the best webcomics I’ve read to date (and is well worth a day of archive-reading).

[Code Name Hunter](http://www.rcsitravel.net) is one of my favourites — it’s set in a world where “myths and stories have returned to the light of day”. Magic meets World War 2-era (and later present-day) London. The wording of the dialogue is unbelievably well-done — all I can say is that Matt and Darc must have watched a lot of British films and TV… you can sort-of ‘tell’ that the characters aren’t your normal American comic-book characters, nor are they the “stereotypical Brits” you see in most media (hint for new writers: relatively few Brits speak “The Queen’s English”, aka “Received Pronunciation” — we have about a dozen different ‘county’ accents, plus regional variations — and few include Cockney rhyming slang!). This had to have taken some effort. The overall storyline, quite simply, rocks, and the implementation is class-A. Well worth a read, whatever you’re into.

Now for the slightly more unusual stuff.. [Starfire Agency](http://starfire.poecatcomix.com/) and [Night Shift](http://nightshift.poecatcomix.com/).