I’ve been reading comic books about as long as I have fantasy fiction novels. My dad bought me my first comic book, a Superman and Plastic Man team-up, when we moved from New Jersey to Iowa the summer after second grade. I spent many summer days after third grade with my face buried in a Ghost Rider comic I check out from the public library. The full-color depictions of people with cool powers defeating evil grabbed my imagination and hasn’t let go.
I became a “serious” collector and reader in junior high, but it wasn’t until I started playing the Marvel Super Heroes roleplaying game that I started to develop my own superhero stories. My early forays where in the original medium, pages of Read more
Bruce Wayne is hanging up the cape and cowl in 2009. I haven’t read comic books with any regularity since I got married, and only just heard about this event a couple months ago when it hit mainstream media. My immediate reaction was cynical, born of too many “death” events and the cold, hard business logic that the iconic Bruce Wayne-Batman is a cash cow TimeWarner has no intention of abandoning. I’m less interested in how and when Bruce will return (you know he will) than I am in the concept of retiring superheroes, and why the big 2 publishers can’t seem to let go. Read more
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Talking about superheroes naturally leads to a discussion of comic books. Comic books as a format first appeared in 1934, and are one of two art forms attributed as indigenous to America (the other being jazz). While comic books have become synonymous with superheroes, the medium–along with its cousin the graphic novel–has been used to tell many different types of stories. Fantasy fiction is no exception. I can remember seeing Marvel’s Conan, Krull and Red Sonja on the bookshelves of my favorite local comic book shop back in the day. I personally collected the Epic imprint run of Elfquest.
There has been a recent resurgence of fantasy fiction in comic books, Read more
Warbreed is a fantasy comic book project created by Ben Jones and my friend and fellow Young Dragon, J. L. Collins. They’ve entered Warbreed in Dime Store Productions’ Small Press Idol 2008. The entry made it past Round 1 and is now battling it out in Round 2. You can help Warbreed reach round 3 by casting your vote now. Reply with a “Yes” to the Round 2: Warbreed thread every day between now and May 4th.
Got a form letter rejection from Realms of Fantasy yesterday for “Relvan’s Rescue.” Return time: 41 days. I’m going to retire this one for now. I like the story, but I don’t have the time or desire to dig around and discover what it needs.
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