Kelly Thompson has part 2 of her Ladies Comics Project up and we repeat THIS SHOULD BE MANDATORY READING for comics publishers and creators. The idea of giving comics-friendly but not necessarily conversant readers various comics is a bracing alternative to the endless nitpicking of devotees who sleep on mattresses stuffed with shredded copies of DEATHMATE. For instance, 37-year-old event planner DeAnne was disappointed that the cool pop art cover looked nothing like the insides:
The next paragraph may be controversial…I apologize in advance. While reading the book, I had flashbacks to my younger days picking up the Bob’s Big Boy comics on our family outings (scoff if you must). I remember hoping I would go to the restaurant and find a new installment of the comic rather than one I may have seen already. There is nostalgia in that, to be sure, but the memory highlighted for me the feeling that the comic book industry (like the magazine industry) may be having significant trouble using their old model, which requires people to wait to receive something, and something that is in an older form like illustrations on print. I don’t know that this is any sort of issue for the comic book industry – perhaps this model fits perfectly with what comic fans crave – but for me as a newbie, I started to wonder what other models might work: The same story/illustration format but in a version that can be viewed online? Or on digital devices? For what it’s worth, I can see myself checking out the stories online (where I can get them at the touch of my fingers and whenever I want) rather than waiting for each book to come out one by one and wondering where to store them once I have them. If I have blasphemed, forgive me.
16-year-old student Erin mirrored what many said — the idea of interesting, relatable female character was a big draw. However, she wasn’t hooked:
My favorite thing about the book was the art and the female leads. It was nice to see female superhero’s taking over for once. It has definitely opened my eyes to the style of comics, and helped me realize that I might enjoy reading more comics, however I believe I probably won’t go out to the store and pick one up to read as I’m just not a big reader.
And then there’s this 7-year-old. For the record, SET TO SEA, a tale of character development through brutality and violence, isn’t necessarily what I’d give a kid to read but hey, everyone has to grow up sometime.
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.