By Silkcuts 34 Comments
Many people can say they love comics, but to "Love" something you want to dive into it. Submerse and bath in it. Many people like comics, I'll give them that. But not many love comics. I can say I love comics because I'll read any comic and admire the magick on the page, even if a comic is bad I can see the good in it. Comics can be a perfect balance of semiotics, with the dance of pictures to letters and that alone makes the medium special. The problem is that semiotics are lost in translation and that is why the mainstream tends to reach a boiling point of maturity, then those fans grow-up, leave and new fans join who just don't get it when they start reading. The mobius strip must now hit its low..... This low is what saddens me most.... Mature, stylistic and sophisticated work does not sell anymore and the industry is dying because of it. Comics have returned to its status as "Funny books".
G-Man wrote an Off My Mind: Will the DC Universe Be Rebooted Again After Flashpoint? Where I foolishly tried to strike up mature conversation. I am not trying to pick on the said gentleman, no beef with him so in respect I censored names. But I commented:
@[Name censored] said:As long as DC is ran by Didio, Jim Lee and Johns they will try as much stunts to attract more readers. Comics have gone away from the quality I once believed the mainstream was going to, now only few comics really have substance. We can blame whoever we want, but the real problem is that the industry does not have the foundation it is suppose too. Less people read comics now and those who do read vary in their ability to enjoy the medium in its maximum potential. I know this too be true when I can only read the Grant Morrison Batman stuff and supply incite no other reviewer on the comicvine really does... or few at least. Then there are those who read all the Batbooks and need others to explain the layers.
@[Name censored as well]
They need to change something but not rebooting the whole DC Universe.
Comics are more then just pictures and words or just pretty storyboards. Comics is a language of its own and like any language there are levels of depths of comprehension. DC seems to want to reboot since they know most readers are like Dan Didiot, who has a shallow understanding of the potential of comics. Most people will not read something like Alan Moore's Tomorrow stories and if they do would they understand how it pushed the medium once again?
The change must be in readers and the industry.
He later replied in private:
Do you want some Cheese?
And that is why I have such a negative relationship with the mainstream. My Brightest Day #24 review for example, it supplies incite that the mainstream wouldn't know and since I love comics, it can be seen in the review. I don't even care for the mainstream as much as most and that review is an example of how differently one can read a comic if their mind understands the medium to its maximum potential. Two people did not recommend it and I wonder why? Is it because it rocks the boat, DC is not making all the right moves? Unlike [Name censored] I would love to call out those two who has problems with me, since they wouldn't even comment on the review itself. Mediocrity breeds more Mediocrity and you can take that to the bank. Certain people can hate, but one thing I know to be true, those haters have nothing on me.
All I ever really wanted to do on comicvine was inspire and at times I feel I have failed there. I know I have succeeded in a few things, such as inspiring reviewers like Dark Noldor who's verity of books he reads has grown and now he has over taken me as #2 on CV's reviewer list, congrats friend. I succeed by validating my opinion with the crown jewels of my body of works. I have also succeeded on promoting my favorite character in John Constantine. All those things are great, but their is that void in my heart... the part that breaks for the average reader. Comics are so much more... and all I wanted most is to inspire.
Ever since my anni I have felt lost on CV. I've been pushed away from the mainstream, which means I pulled myself away from most of you. Sorry.... There will be the few books I monthly review (like Hellblazer and Morrison's Batman), but most of my focus will be simply other and that is if I choose to fight to even keep #3, since at her pace RazzaTazz will over take me by the end of summer, #4 is the number of death after all... Maybe I'll retire after that. I feel my focus is leading me to writing my own graphic novel, only after being published, even if self-published can I complete my love for the medium. That final piece may silence the void.
Cheers, your friend if you want my friendship
- Kevin "Silkcuts" Gorospe