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I've been away from comics for 10 years, what happened??


#1

Hi there,

I used to be an avid comic book collector and regular on Millarworld forums. However the collecting became a burden and i drifted away from one time obsessive hobby. I was looking to sell my collection of comics and books so I thought i’d check out my old hang out and see if there was a thread for it. I couldnt remember my login details or find anything to do with selling but still I thought i’d ask what I missed in the world of comics, one thing i noticed is the price for individual issues has got even more expensive (at least in Australia)


#2

Hollywood happened… :smile:


#3

Marvel the heroes keep fighting each other.
DC keeps restarting their universe.
Now you’re caught up


#4

10 years? You were a “regular”, and now you’ve been gone a decade?

How long has this place been going?
What happened to my life?


#5

ha yeh i think it was 10 years ago? This was my go to source for leaks of Marvel solicitations


#6

In this ten years webcomics have REALLY become a thing.


#7

As it’s own thing? About 15 years. Longer if you include the community from the Wildstorm boards at dccomics.com that inspired Mark to set this place up


#8

They have? Which ones? (not being snarky, I’ve just not read a webcomic in about 10 years)


#9

Well, i know some pages were you can read and buy comics online, like comixology or amazon. Some people post their comics in their blog or deviantart. So, it’s up to you.
AND you can always read:
-Submissions to Millarworld 2015 and 2016 artist contest, or when Mark millar searched artist for Hit-Girl. Specially MY submissions :wink:
Hope this is enough for now. Welcome back.


#10

Oh, I thought you meant webcomics had blown up. Comixology is more like a delivery-method to me, not really webcomics…


#11

yeah, those are “digital comics”, but point taken =P


#12

For me, the biggest change is that it is harder to find the “heat” in comics. When Wildstorm released ABC & The Authority and Marvel Ultimates came out, there was a strong sense of where comics were and were headed. That fed into Walking Dead, some great Vertigo series and a nice rebirth of independent comics publishers (CrossGen being the big disappointment there while IDW is surprising). Today, the general innovative side of comics is much more diverse while the general momentum feels a bit stalled.

Valiant comics is an interesting example there. They’ve relaunched most of their titles to fairly positive critical acclaim, but the comic shops around here tell me that they don’t sell Valiant because no one buys them. Nevertheless, Sony still seems committed to bringing the entire universe to the big screen.

Marvel and DC still dominate like always with a few Image and IDW titles still grabbing attention. Millarworld titles are also very successful and really the only place I personally find the same “heat” Wildstorm and Ultimate Marvel had (along with some Grant Morrison work like Marvel Boy and New X-Men), but that almost seems entirely unique in the same way Kirkman’s WALKING DEAD success completely overshadows the much milder success of his superhero work.


#13

I think it’s something we see across all media. It has splintered and specialised. I mentioned not long back that while the top comics are selling maybe much the same or worse (it does fluctuate and is on a bit of a low right now) that an analysis showed the comic at the very bottom of the Diamond chart was selling 6 or 7 times as many copies as 10 years ago.

In music you used to be able to watch MTV for half an hour to see what was hot, now it’s spread over various genre stations. TV is similar with top ratings reducing but content spread over many more providers.


#14

After selling Wildstorm to DC and (most of) their other superhero titles dying off, Image have become the best and most important publisher of comic books, by focusing on a creator-owned model that pays creators on the back-end.


#15

To be fair they always had that model.

I think the change Image made was when Jim Valentino was in charge, moving away from emulating the space Marvel and DC inhabited. They still have a few superhero books but when they do they tend to cover different ground.


#16

I don’t think the sale of Wildstorm to DC was something Image proper pursued or wanted. That was 100% Jim Lee.


#17

I don’t think Christian was suggesting otherwise but it did lead to a shift in the direction of the publisher. Wildstorm was really the most prolific studio, McFarlane and Larsen were fine with 1-2 books in their line.


#18

Just pointing out that Image really had no part in that sale. So it wasn’t like it was a direction they pursued. There was also a period of time after that they were really bad.


#19

Yeah, like Gar said, it was more that they had to take a completely new direction and it’s what shaped what they are today. And yeah, absolutely, that’s more a result of having to swim or drown in that situation than them taking that direction on their own.

There was a long time before that they were really bad :tongue:


#20

I’m a bit behind on the House to Astonish podcast but was listening this afternoon and they mentioned that in the February sales figures, Marvel had only two books in the top 10, both Star Wars, and the top selling X-book was Uncanny X-Men at number 60 on the chart. I don’t pay attention to the sales charts, or even follow any current Marvel/DC book, but that struck me immediately as astonishing, and sad.