- Posted by Johanna on January 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
There’s a YouTube list of comic documentaries, including works about Jack Kirby, Robert Crumb, Grant Morrison, Stan Lee, Alan Moore, and various superheroes. If you need something to watch, check it out.
Emma Alban, a talented fan writer, posts a justification for fanfiction to learn writing. Lots of good points about how it makes for useful practice in the craft.
Fanfiction gives you the flexibility to write original stories, with varied, dynamic, boring, interesting, silly, fun, romantic plot lines, without having to worry about every little detail. You don’t need to make up the rooms, or the characters. You just get to play around with telling stories. And I think that’s a creative freedom that people undervalue. …
Once you have your ‘style,’ and your habits, you step out to create an entire world, from countertops to character traits, with an arsenal of skills you’ve developed while you were busy having fun not worrying about a lot of the mess.
This piece about books about comics to me mostly serves as a sad reminder of just how long most of these books have been on my “to read” shelf.
… why are big publishers churning out serious books on comics now, when sales of the comics themselves are in long term decline? Ironically, I suspect that this Golden Age of historical surveys represents another aspect of the mainstream comics industry’s senescence. Who, after all, is the audience for gossip about comics legends such as Steve Gerber, Jim Starlin, or Jim Shooter? Why, it’s 30 and 40something males who were collecting in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. You know, people like Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Chabon, and me. That said, if you were around in those days then Howe’s book certainly is a lot of fun.