Comics 101 – What are Post-Modern Age Comics?

Most comic book historians and fans consider the time we are now in modern times. But there is no doubt that something in comic book trade has created a fundamental shift on the basis of both business and entertainment mediums sometime at the beginning of the new millennium. Soon I think that pundits will announce that publishers have come to a new age and the former, now known as "present", will be reclassified as something else (most likely candidates will probably be Platinum or Iron Age). However, since time has not been marked, the only thing we can call is the modern magazine version of the comic book "Post-Modern" time.

In Golden Age comic books, one adventure in a case would last more than 8 pages or so, and most titles were artistic images with a few characters in short adventures. After the Silver Age, many titles had 12-16 pages and 6-8 pages back up. In the Bronze Age, most comic books are only one character or concept, often short in two or three stories, with an indent that lasts for a year or more.

Today it's the norm in most great stories-comics to write "storytelling", four to eight stories, with each issue that is "chapter" of the story, which can cross to the larger family of the book Or in other titles completely.

The story of these comic books is referred to as "extinguished" because the scenes are "allowed to breathe". Instead of rushing from one level to another at a breakthrough, the writer can sit on the ground or even a moment, to allow it to evolve in full length.

The style can be identified (or even stereotypes) with a series of images that do not change and do not have text to indicate that the character is thinking or the writer wants to indicate a pregnant and uncomfortable pause in the conversation. It can also be used in a series of text smaller images to increase the conscious part of some of the factors in these images.

Two of the first American comics to use style was Warren Ellis & # 39; The Authority and Brian Michael Bendis & # 39; Ultimate Spider-Man . The Surveillance Authority was usually referred to as "movie style" or "wide screen" because Ellis often used the device to "slow down" as it was popular in movies like The Matrix . In Ultimate Spider-Man the printing was more often used in conversations where two characters would talk to each other for pages.

Both titles were smash hits and many other writers tried to imitate Ellis and Bendis style, with varying degrees of success.

Even when done correctly, the cost and benefit of degradation. On the one hand, it gives the writer the opportunity to develop his thoughts (characters, action units, etc.). In full, they actually put them in focus for the reader. On the other hand, with less text to read, it may reduce the train time which led to discontent for the reader.

One common complaint among readers is that degradation is "padding", the book, Expand plot to sell more copies of each issue, or to fill out a contract on commercial paper collection in the series, which usually sells best when collecting 5 -8 version titles. This is called "write the transaction", although both DC Comics and Marvel Comics publish more of their recent collections in hardback format first.

Manga is such a broad concept and experience that it was impossible to explore the history and cultural impact of Manga and Anime within the scope of this article. As for our discussion here, we will focus primarily on the impact Manga has had on the American comic book market.

"Manga," at its basic level, is just another word for comic The book is created in one of the Southeast Asian countries, or one that affects the work that comes from these countries.

Manga has influenced Western culture for decades, from Speed ​​Racer and Battle of the Planets / G-Force through live action Power Rangers Mighty Morphin and her sequels in the 80s and 90s, to Pokémon and ] Dragon Ball Z today.

However, it was mostly underground hobbies in the United States, one for high school and university students. Shonen Jump Magazine .

Shonen Jump English monthly version of Japan and and Yu-Gi-Oh ! Everyone has become a big success in the field. Shonen Jump taped into a huge sub-market for younger boys who wanted to get an action-packed cartoon.

Viz, Tokyopop and other publishers funded a manga explosion by dealing with Asian manga publishers to translate their original title to American audience and sell them to digestive collections. If you visit the "Graphic novel" chapter at your local bookstore, the chances are that storage space for manga is 4-5 times bigger in American comics.

It is uncertain what the ultimate impact on Western-style sales-style comic books will eventually be, but they are dealing with resistance within the American comic book community. Some fans and retailers both oppose the idea of ​​moving Manga to American library stores. It is unclear what the arguments for these feelings are. Identity Crisis was a small series by best salesman Authors Brad Metlzer and illustrated by Rags Morales, published by DC Comics in 2004. The seeds were first planted Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons at The Watchmen in 1986 finally achieved full success here.

Identity Crisis deals with issues such as rape, murder, human rights abuses, madness, corruption and deception in a very openness, adult way. The Watchmen also covered all of these themes, but Identity Crisis was the first time they were the focus of a title stuck in the DC universe. These were not some characters created for the sake of history, they were symbols of the Silver Age film, they were the righteousness of the United States.

Whether you thought Identity Crisis was a good miniseries or not (and it was very polarizing history), you have to admit that there is at least an intellectual performance The Watchmen . The morally unclear quality of history has set the general tone of the DC universe. Since Identity Crisis we have seen:

  • The director of the Ministry of Justice shoots Blue Beetle in his head and kills him immediately
  • Wonder Woman Breaks On The Neck Of A Man On Live Tv Worldwide
  • Batman uses (and loses control of) computer satellites in an attempt to spy on literally everyone in the world
  • Even DC's current crossover event, "Blackest Night," has in its essence the mistakes of heroes made in their past literally return to haunt them

(Personal Note: I'm not judging either Identity Crisis or what happened since. But it's impossible to argue that the DC universe is not much darker than It was even 10 years ago).

It's true that it seems that great comics come into their twilight, as sales continue to worsen each year. But on the other hand, we're just around the corner from another Golden Age. It is obvious that great hero stories on the big screen have been taken by the masses. Perhaps, with new types of distribution like the iPhone or the Longbox scene, videos with a great hero will restore their prominent in domestic consciousness.

So whether we are in modern times or after modern age, it's very possible that we just turn the corner into another era of comics.

Source by R. Wesley Smith

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