Comics anthologies are generally a good thing, but in my personal preferences, I like ones that are on a tightly focused topic better than “here are a lot of great comics by great people!” That’s just me, you can like what you want,. Thus I was intrigued when I heard about the upcoming Subcultures: A Comics Anthology, which is being edited by Whit Taylor and published by Ninth Art Press. The above is a promo not a cover, but it’s a strong creative line-up to explore one of my favorite ideas: the many many groups that humans arrange themselves in based around shared interests. It’s also a reminder of a theory that I’ve come up with after years and years of studying different eddies of obsession. In fact, we’ll call it MacDonald’s Theorem: It’s not the material which creates the personality, but a certain type of personality that is drawn to the material. That’s why certain types of people like Star Trek: TNG and certain types like Star Trek: TOS. Magic the Gathering has gathered a certain type of can, while Swedish heavy metal has another.
Anyway, this anthology sounds interesting! The Ninth Art website has been running a few preview pages. Here’s one by Alex Robinson about comic-cons and one by Dave Ortega about pochos.
Subcultures is coming out this fall.
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.