Marc Alan Fishman: R.I.P. Collect-ability

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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  1. In honesty, I’ve been of the opinion that DC should try doing more of the New 52 books as minis first. I remember a time when that’s how you ttried out new characters and ideas – in a mini, or a backup, or some other test the watery way.

    Many of DC’s new titles only lasted six to eight issues – I say write them that way at first, and see if they fly. If they don’t, you don’t catch hell for trying “another book that failed”.

  2. Thanks for bringing this thought over to your column. I know you must have a myriad of ideas that you want to explore, and I appreciate you took my suggestion to heart.

    As a retailer I love the #1s.
    As a collector I love a new #1, but I also love “collecting”. Collecting for me is tracking down those back issues, and watching a series grow in content and theme, but also growing in my long box (or short box). It’s a fun feeling as a collector to see a 300 issue run of your favorite book continue to grow.

    At this point I can’t imagine a new collector ever completely filling a long box with a new title from the Big Two, and in the past a collector could look forward to the day he needed a 2nd long box for his Detective Comics run or his Uncanny X-Men.

    Story is king over just putting paper into bags and boards and those into boxes. As a reader I want to see characters struggle and grow and overcome obstacles. Anymore it seems to me that the growth is stunted. Take Fantastic Four as the latest example of the NEW Marvel Method (which has nothing to do with scripting). Instead of lauding the arrival of a new creative team and bring them on with the next issue the book will be cancelled. A new #1 will arrive and the process begins again.

    Now, I’m sure part of the restart with a new #1 is based on a financial reason by the company. That new #1 is going to sell a lot more copies than #23 (or whatever the issue # may be), however, the creative team also gets a piece of that financial pie. James Robinson (I’m a big fan) is going to come onto the book, and while I have no clue what kind of deal Mr. Robinson got for his new Fantastic Four run I have to think it includes a bonus of some sort. I want to see Robinson on this book. I want to see him working at the HOUSE OF IDEAS, and if took giving him a #1 to make that deal happen I’m happy with it. However, I would have been just as happy with it if it had been # 854.

    I see both sides of the coin.

    It makes sense to produce new #1s. I do worry about it creating “short attention theater” that leads to readers not giving books enough time to find the proper groove, but it may be on the creative team behind those new #1s to figure out their audience a lot quicker.

    Good or bad I don’t see it changing, and I do see it as part of the evolution process that is comics. I like some of it. I dislike some of it. I dislike the fact that I turned 41, but it’s a fact of life and as I’m growing older so is the comic industry. I just hope my midlife crisis doesn’t have me starting over at a Zero issue.

    Thank you Marc for starting this conversation.

  1. October 31, 2013

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