Comic Book Downfall

Join Steve is joined by TFG1Mike to sit down and discuss the Good, Bad and Ugly of the current state of comics with the added bonus of being surrounded by COVID-19 shutdowns. We discuss a few other topics as well such as bad writing and research skills for articles online. All this and more on Altered Geek!

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2 Replies to “Comic Book Downfall”

  1. Tim Silvers

    Comics are fun. I was into comics off and on again over the years. Most recently, back in the early 2000’s. It was only after the Green Lantern Darkest Night storyline that I got out again. You mentioned crossovers. That has been going on for a while. Before I left comics, everyone was talking about “event fatigue” and the ongoing crossovers, or even writing for the trade.

    For example, I would buy Detective Comics and Batman. But every now and then there were these event crossovers that would run through the “Bat” books, and I would either need to read those other books, or skip buying those issues for lack of knowing what was going on. And with big event books, you’d buy the event book, but there would be all of these other books that tied into the event. Then that event would build into the next year’s event. And this went on and on.

    With prices going up and finally tipping the $4/issue mark, I bailed. I love the medium, but it’s just too expensive a form of entertainment for me. I can get a lot more for my dollars elsewhere. And it shouldn’t be just about the money, but it is a big factor when you pay $4 for a book you read in 10-15 minutes and then put it away never to be read again. No offense to anyone who enjoys comics. I am just telling you my story and why I decided to stop reading them.

    As for TV, I wouldn’t say there is a lot of garbage. I actually feel like there is a lot of very good high-quality content out there. Production values rival movies and they have top-tier talent behind and in front of the camera. I often hear we are in the “golden age” of TV. With all of the streaming options and original content out there, we have so many great options as the services allow creators to create content in abundance. To me, we win. Now, are there stinkers? Sure. But there is still a lot of good content out there. So much so that it’s hard to find the time to watch everything of interest. It’s hard to say what will have a lasting impact. That can only really be judged with time.

    • Steven C. Phillips

      I 100% agree with you on the comics side of things. I had to get out because of cost and the big events that caused me to have to spend more.

      As for TV, I think the best TV is in series not necessarily tied to a franchise that’s ages old. There is a lot of good content but I find myself watching less and less TV as time goes on or as series end because I just don’t want to waste the added time or pickup another show.

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