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Things I do like in comics
Friday 5 January 2007
Now to be more positive, which is always nicer. I've avoided listing specific comics and creators, and stuck to what I really like about the medium.
  • I think it's wonderful that you can have drawings with these little balloons with words in that point to the person who's speaking and tell you what they're saying. Text and graphics together, and still enough room for the reader to have their own voice in the mix
  • The way a fantastic story coupled with an artistic style can completely draw you in to another world.
  • A panel that makes you feel as though you are there, a story with a strong sense of environment
  • The fact that manga has spread into Europe and America, and has enthused a new generation of readers and creators, especially kids, and both boys and girls equally. It can only be good for all comics now and in the years to come
  • The huge diversity of talents, styles, genres, stories, ideas... and they're all comics
  • The look of a comic page in its entirety with repeated characters, shapes and colours. Clear line has an especially strong graphical effect that is lovely
  • You can do anything with a pen and paper, and the comics format is particularly versatile
  • Pretty much all the people I know and friends I have made who make comics are top people, from professionals to self-publishers - it's a great scene to be involved in
  • The fact that comics are, actually, quite a high concept!
See related post: Things I don't like in comics.

This battle scene from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is more enthralling than any I've witnessed in a film.
posted 05.01.07 at 3:20 pm in Comics | permalink |


Comments:

Paulhd, on Friday 5 January 2007 at 10:31 pm, says:

This might be really vague, but what I really love is when I read a comic and know it's what I would have done even though I could never have thought of it... that goes for stories and artwork (you know, the artist's picked the perfect shot and you'd have doen it if you could've though of it, or is it only me who gets that)

mikem, on Saturday 6 January 2007 at 3:45 am, says:

I know what you mean paulhd. That thrill you get from knowing that the creator has "got it right" and you know that they know they have. Its a special form of participation. For the record - I get it from Miyazaki ( I prefer the Nausicaa comic to the movie) and The Rainbow Orchid.

Garen, on Saturday 6 January 2007 at 10:02 am, says:

I was quite disappointed with the Nausicaa film after reading the comic, which just goes to show how good comics can be. I have to admit, I don't get the 'that's the way I would have done it' feeling when reading comics!

jdalton, on Saturday 6 January 2007 at 11:01 am, says:

I shall, of course, play this game too. Some things I love about comics:
*There is something very magical about how this collection of scribbles on paper turns into an entire story in a person's head.
*They have so many great pictures!
*Unlike film or animation or computer games or a dozen other media (especially visual media) comics cost almost nothing to make except time. You can make a comic completely on your own with no budget and without having to compromise your art (very much) to make sure your backers (if you have any) get their cut. A film had better make hundreds of thousands of dollars at the box office because it cost tens of thousands to make. Not so with comics.
*Because of the previous two points, I think, it is possible to build up an entire comics industry with a potential audience that consists of a small linguistic group. Comics are easily produced for a small market (say, Korea for example), and also easily translated for sale elsewhere. This aspect has not yet been fully exploited by comics!
*So many aspects of comics have not yet been fully exploited. There's a lot of room for creativity.
*The industry is (for once) healthy, growing, and reaching new demographics practically every day!

Garen, on Saturday 6 January 2007 at 12:03 pm, says:

Hurrah for comics!

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