MARC ALAN FISHMAN: What I’m NOT Thankful For

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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5 Responses

  1. Jonathan (the other one) says:

    Around here, Omak is a small town on the east side of the Cascades, Voodoo is a Caribbean religion, and the Captain Atom question is likely to be met with, “Captain Adam who? Is he Army, or Air Force?” :)

  2. Russ Rogers says:

    Sometimes I’m very happy that I can’t afford current comics. Although I’m going to find a way to get to a shop to pick up “Dark Horse Presents” this month, featuring “Skultar,” I’m eager to see a friend die in that. (It’s all very morbid, but not a bit sad.)

  3. Mindy Newell says:

    Agree, totally, Marc! To be honest, I have a lot of trouble reading comics these days. Very little has enthralled me as the comics of the 1980’s and 1990’s did.

    Ah, well.

    • Well, that’s not to say there weren’t jems out in 2011. My last article was all puppies and rainbows. :) I don’t want to seem like “ALL COMICS NOW ARE POOP” cause they aren’t. But I truly believe the way in which comics are produced (by committee, with profits and merchandise sales in mind, with only established names who turn a predicable profit…) hampers so much creativity and depth of the talent pool.

  4. Sean D. Martin says:

    Simply put, these money-sucking whores create bloated wastes of ink and paper, all based on the idea that “everything you know will change.” This of course, preys on our fan-boy fear of being left behind.

    Three; – I didn’t want to come out of the other side confused as to why everything changed”

    And there in a nutshell is exactly why the DC and Marvel “money-sucking whores” will continue to create crappy crossover events. Because the majority of fans, just like you, lack conviction and will continue to line up to get sucked.

    You really want to put an end to crappy crossovers? Stop. Buying. Them. When a book has the event-du-jour’s nom de plum across its masthead refuse to buy it. When the sales of issues with the event masthead start to plummet, when DC/Marvel start to realize masthead = drop in sales instead of increase, then they’ll have reason to stop with the perpetual crossover (non-)events.

    Until then, they’ll continue to publish the dreck because you, sure, moaning all the way to the cash register, continue to buy it.

    If 2011 has taught us nothing else, then we should all learn this: Death is meaningless in comic books.

    Superman died. Came back.
    Captain America died. Came back.
    Batman R.I.P. Came back.
    Flash died. Came back. (Although, granted, took a while.)
    Wonder Woman died. Came back.
    Reed Richards, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Supergirl, Aquaman, Jean Grey, Elektra, Dove, Green Arrow, Jason Todd, Lex Luthor, Jean Grey, Bucky, Daredevil, Norman Osborn, Human Torch, and hordes of others.

    Took until 2011 for us to learn death is meaningless in comics? I think some of “us” are a little slow on the uptake.