An Ode to My Media of Choice

An Ode to My Media of Choice

By adminSunday - March 11th, 2007Categories: UncategorizedTags:,

I create comics. I write stories, I draw the pictures, the whole shabang. So when I read on the Engine about “Fuck Comics Night”
I thought, “Hey, I don’t hate comics, what have I got to add to that conversation?”
Until I read what they were saying. It was more of a pet peeve of comics and the industry. I started reading and got all worked up. Then I got to the point where I wanted to post. Only to find that the thread had been locked down, and with good reason. But now I’m filled with frustration and must inflict this frustration on people, therefore here it is, my list (in no particular order) of pet peeves of comics and the industry.


Characters that die never stay dead. Too many times a character dies, only to be brought back in one way or another. It makes the deaths cheap and meaningless.
Writers trying to make social comments, yet waffling about their stance. If you have a stance, make it. But then follow through and back yourself up for god’s sake.
Reusing the same stories over and over again. Yes I know there are only so many stories that can be told, but really, when you recycle your stories with the same characters…I mean really. The Wolverine walks into a bar and gets into a fight…has been done how many times?
That there is really only one distributor of comics and because they own that monopoly, they take 60% of your profits.
Civil War
That I will more than likely always be doing independent books because I want to be able to keep my creative integrity, which means also that I will never “make it big”. Because you know, there can only be one Dave Sim.
That there are mainstream artists out there who seem to think that Indy publishers are a group of angsty twenty-somethings who sit around in their beanbag chairs scribbling with crayons calling themselves artists and that the reason they do this is because they couldn’t be published in any mainstream book.
(I tip my head to the artist of some of the Excalibur books as a great example of the quality of some of these mainstream books, if that yahoo can get published there’s no reason in hell that I can’t)

Having said that, the more I read about my “beloved industry” the more I am happy that I self-publish, distribute, promote, etc…
I am a control freak
…and yet I just realised that I need to have my editor double check my work before I go to print.