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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dated Look at Ways to Break Out of the Box That Comics Are In, 7 Aug 2008
This review is from: Reinventing Comics (Paperback)
Reinventing Comics has one strength that makes it timeless: Scott McCloud systematically explains what was wrong with the comics that were created through the end of the 20th century. When he switches over to what's needed to overcome those issues, the book becomes more idealistic than practical in many areas. The book is particularly hobbled by a limited appreciation of how comics might blur with (and be surpassed by) electronic gaming.

His basic optimism is that the comics genre can expand to satisfy more readers' needs by:

1. Becoming more like literature.
2. Developing as an art form.
3. Providing creators with more rights.
4. Changing the industry business model to serve everyone's needs better
5. Improving public image.
6. Reducing the heavy hand of governmental overview.
7. Appeal to females.
8. Represent all kinds of people.
9. Diversify in subgenres.
10. Employing improved digital production methods.
11. Providing digital delivery.
12. Exploring the potential of digital comics.

Basically, he sees escaping the box of limited distribution by providing online, direct distribution. This method is potentially cheaper and could provide for more creators while eliminating many intermediaries.

I suspect that some of his optimism will be "over the rainbow" for quite a while yet.

It's interesting that even the blockbuster success of so many comic-based characters hasn't helped to reinvigorate the comics business more. I think that's where he doesn't realize that in a world of video, comics seem dated and static.

Will comics go the way of high art and become something primarily for older aficionados? I doubt it. Comics are like candy to boys of a certain age. Comics help them to dream. Can comics go beyond that heritage? It's possible, but is it likely? Books like this one will have to do more than point the way: Breakthrough success is needed to draw an audience and more inspired creators.

I hope Mr. McCloud is right. I still like comics.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2009 14:40:04 BDT
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staticgirl says:
Have you seen the amount of manga created by kids on art sharing websites like Deviantart? It's not dead yet. I'm not sure if people will be able to make money from it in the future( that depends of how money making models alter with the use of new tech) but as an art form it has a future. Kids love it and they are just starting out on their journey.
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