New Comics Day
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I feel like writing something about how I’m back in Pittsburgh, Pa, enjoying my weekly trips to the comics shop for new comics and how all I buy every week are mainstream comics. I mean, I want to buy some new alt or art comic book but there are none. I already have the new Crickets, I already have the new Injury, what else is there in the way of new alt comic books? I buy Criminal because it’s the closest thing to an art comic out there. And, well, cuz it’s really good. In fact, for me, the “artiest” comic out there these days is Punisher War Journal. It’s so eye-poppingly modern, post-modern, whatever, I can’t believe it. Who cares that it’s Punisher, just look at how shine-y and well made it is, the drawings just vibrate and push the action around. I really love it. It’s a well written, well drawn comic. I know, I know, it seems like I’m just being contrarian or something but I’m not. Really. Ask Dan.
This week I also bought Patsy Walker: Hellcat, Paul Grist’s Jack Staff (for some reason Grist’s econo style looked really fresh on the shelf), and the new Richard Corben Hellboy. Go ‘head, laugh. But really, these comics become my purchases just because I want some new comics to read. Anybody with me? I’m not trying to rag on alt or art comics, I’m just frustrated the market is so inhospitable to alt or art comic books (pamphlets) and that it’s months before a new one seems to appear. And I read just about everything.
On the other hand it seems like there are three or four alt graphic novels or alt anthologies that appear monthly, y’know? Weird. And I read those too, but I’m less inclined to pick them up on a goof, just to try ’em out. I’ll read the stuff by people I like in the store and then I’ll look at it again every week until I’ve decided that I don’t want it anymore. I read it already, y’know?
Comics Reporter has a few put up some interesting remarks bout this topic. Check it out.