Once More Unto the Well | Thoughts on the Comic Book Industry

By Brandon L. Rucker Brian Hiibbs has historically overreacted to things happening in the market. And as usual I disagree with his chicken little perspective. As what’s very obviously just a niche market in this modern era (meaning the days of half a million-to-a-million-selling issues are waaaaaaay behind us), the only way the comics publishing industry takes a “crash” is if those faithful to the Big Two truly say “ENOUGH” and truly walk away cold turkey. As evident in the continued support of regurgitated ideas (mainly looking at Marvel on this), that’s just not all that likely to happen. So … Continue reading Once More Unto the Well | Thoughts on the Comic Book Industry

A Lament for the 1980s Era of Comics

By Brandon L. Rucker It’s too bad I’ve lost the will to thoroughly engage in comics journalism anymore, otherwise I’d be writing a big ol’ thematic column about how the storytelling sensibilities of the 1980s — arguably the best decade critically for superhero comics — will never be allowed to return. The days of handing a character (i.e. Daredevil) or team (i.e. X-Men) to a writer and artist and letting them loose on the series for an extended legendary, uninterrupted and undisturbed by LOCKSTEP UNIVERSAL BANAL EVENT STORYLINES EVERY TWELVE MONTHS run. Yeah, that’d be great. Sure, everyone’s got their … Continue reading A Lament for the 1980s Era of Comics

Interview: Writer MATT FRACTION talks #SEXCRIMZ and #HAWKEYE

  An interview on Pop Mythology with the awesome Matt Fraction talking about the stellar series Sex Criminals (Image) one of my absolute favorites, and Hawkeye (Marvel), one of my new favorite series — yeah, I’m a little late to that particular party. Check it out.  MATT FRACTION TALKS #SEXCRIMS and #HAWKEYE   Continue reading Interview: Writer MATT FRACTION talks #SEXCRIMZ and #HAWKEYE

2013 Fetish Favorites: Publishers Fetish Five

I’ll keep this brief. As listed on the sidebar, this list has not changed much throughout the year as far as which publisher appears on it, mainly because it is subjective to my personal tastes and what I’m reading. Without further ado, here is, in my humble/esteemed estimation, the best comics publishers of 2013. 1. Image (including imprints: Shadowline, Skybound & Top Cow) The Activity, Artifacts, Cyber Force, East of West, Fatale, Five Ghosts, Jupiter’s Children, Lazarus, Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Rat Queens, Revival, Rocket Girl, Saga, Sex, Sex Criminals, Snapshot, Thief of Thieves and The Walking Dead.   2. … Continue reading 2013 Fetish Favorites: Publishers Fetish Five