CBG 2006 Roundtable

Comic Book Galaxy has put up a 2006 roundtable, asking retailers, critics, and journalists what they thought about the year just past and what they see happening in comics next year. There’s lots of talk about corporate comic trends, with recognition that DC and Marvel are making bigger bets (with potentially greater risks and rewards) than usual. The overall take is very direct-market-centric, with no mention of manga, for instance (except in Christopher Allen’s sarcastic parody comments), but it’s a interesting slice of what people are thinking and talking about. Then this paragraph, from James Sime, made me do a double-take:

“any brief tour of the vast array of comic-related blogs, message boards, and news sites will show that there are literally thousands of intelligent, funny, passionate, and creative comic readers out there, some of whom I think could bring amazing things to the comic industry as publishers, retailers, and creators. That’s what I’d like to see as a dream project that would set the industry on fire, thousands of potential comic creators bringing the passion, charm, and wit that makes them such entertaining writers, pontificators, and industry personalities to the published comic book page. Wouldn’t it be cool to go to the comic shop and be able to pick up monthly books from people like Ian Brill, Chris Butcher, Graeme Mcmillan, Heidi MacDonald, Sean Maher, John Jakala, Joanna Draper Carlson, Augie de Blieck, and Neilalien? Me, I’d love it.”

Um… no, thank you, but I appreciate the compliment. And I apologize to Alan — he asked me to participate in this, and what with the holidays, I never got back to him.


13 Responses to “CBG 2006 Roundtable”

  1. Shane Says:

    Monthly books by all of those people? No, not unless they really wanted to. I would like to see a monthly magazine or a quarterly book with the best of the best out there. Maybe something like McSweeney’s or The Best American Nonrequired Reading series of books. That would be grand.

  2. Alan David Doane Says:

    It appears that most people assume if you write about comics, you want to create them, too. And I just personally don’t have that in me. It wasn’t until I was offered the chance to pitch a series for Marvel a couple of years back that I really had to ask myself if I wanted to write comics, and the answer really is “no.”

    I did write a short non-fiction piece for an anthology coming out this year, but that’s the exception that proves the rule. I am much more interested in exploring my own reaction to the art of others than in trying to create my own…

  3. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez Says:

    …thousands of potential comic creators bringing the passion, charm, and wit that makes them such entertaining writers, pontificators, and industry personalities to the published comic book page.

    I don’t know Sime so I can’t tell, but are you sure this wasn’t sarcasm? Something along the lines of the standard “try doing it yourself” dismissal of critics?

  4. Johanna Says:

    Shane, I like your idea, although I think it might be hard to convince people to pay money for what they can get for free.

    Alan, bravo. That’s a great way to put it.

  5. Johanna Says:

    Guy, the thought hadn’t even occurred to me. I think James always talks with such enthusiasm.

  6. Shane Says:

    “I don’t know Sime so I can’t tell, but are you sure this wasn’t sarcasm? Something along the lines of the standard “try doing it yourself” dismissal of critics?”

    Nah, I don’t think James is saying that. He usually seems like a pretty genuine guy at least in his online corespondence.

    “Shane, I like your idea, although I think it might be hard to convince people to pay money for what they can get for free. ”

    Yeah, that’s the rub isn’t it. Then again McSweeney’s has a lot of content online in addition to their books. I don’t know. I just know I would love to see in-depth looks into some of the topics discussed on blogs. I believe a book or magazine would be a better place to see that as a blog seems better formated for quick insiteful posts rather than long form works. I guess what I would like to see is extended coverage of the topics I see on blogs.

  7. Lyle Says:

    Hm, I don’t know about a monthy comic from the people listed by James Sime, but I’d love to see a comics anthology magazine edited by some of those names. That seems a more apt use of comics bloggers’ passion, which tends to be about identifying good comics.

    Actually, that comics anthology magazine has been my lottery fantasy for a while. Truthfully, my real lottery fantasy is to offer Rachel Hartman a compelling page rate, but a comics anthology is a good excuse for that.

  8. Heidi M. Says:

    They tried this already. It was called EPIC COMICS.

  9. Shane Says:

    “They tried this already. It was called EPIC COMICS. ”

    That was trying? :)

  10. Chris Says:

    I wrote about manga! :P

  11. Johanna Says:

    “There are a couple of manga that I’ve heard through the grapevine are on their way, and I’m pretty excited there too.” doesn’t count! thbbt

  12. Chris Says:

    Bah and feh. Just because I’m not allowed to say that I’m really looking forward to K– T–‘s new book doesn’t mean I’m NOT. Ah well. My 2005 run-down will have lots of manga-talk in it, don’t worry.

  13. Johanna Says:

    Looking forward to it!




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