- Posted by Johanna on December 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
I can remember long ago, back when most of the discussion of comic books was done on usenet, that people would actually discuss the comics they were reading. Whenever a new issue of Sandman, Preacher, or The Invisibles came out, that thing would get dissected like a frog in a high school biology class.
Now, not so much. New issues of Saga or Walking Dead or The Boys come out, and there’s nary a peep. Now people will discuss companies and creators, press releases, but not the stories themselves.
I guess missing a general discussion area now is like saying you miss the Big 3 TV networks, back in the day when everyone could be assumed to be watching them because there weren’t any other options. But it was a good thing to have to interact with people who didn’t necessarily agree with you. I think you learned a lot more, both by being exposed to things you wouldn’t necessarily pick up on your own, and by not being able to assume everyone liked the same things you did.
Followup to Jason’s post points out that fewer people buy comics the same way any more — you may get yours every Wednesday, I may download in bunches, she might get a box monthly, he might only read collections from the library. As a result, we’re much less likely to be reading the same things at the same time. Plus, there are so many more choices out there that there isn’t as much agreement on the “good books” everyone wants to talk about. That’s a good thing, in the long run, but I still miss the online discussion areas for general comic talk.