A new site called Kubla Comics aims to be a review aggregator for comics, with a Rotten Tomatoes-like 0-5 rating system and pages for series and reviewers. Tyler James interviews site runner Ken Marden on his goals and process:
Tyler James: Why KublaComics? What made you decide to build this site?
Ken Marden: Kubla Comics grew out of my own frustration in missing good comics. There’s so many comics being published these days and they’re not 60 cents anymore, like they were when I was a kid. So, figuring out how to spread that $10 or $20 a week is getting harder and harder. I was up late one night (changing my newborn daughter’s diaper) and thinking to myself: “what service is missing for comic book fans” and it hit me. Like comics, going out to the movies has gotten more and more expensive, so making sure that our hard-earned dollars is going to quality entertainment is really important. Why not create a Rotten Tomatoes for comic books? Aggregating reviews, grabbing all of the opinions out there and putting them in one place, seems like a great way of making it easier for fans to discover high-quality comics that they might not have heard of otherwise. And in the process, hopefully they’ll discover artists, writers, publishers, and even reviewers and comic book review sites that they didn’t know about before.
It’s for from perfect but not a bad idea. I’d also like to see more non-mainstream outlets covered.
Personally, I would more like to see an AllMusic Guide for comics with “If you like Johnny Ryan you will like John K” type suggestions. Does such a thing exist?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.