Thursday, 15 December 2011
Northern Irish Comics
Well, it's almost Christmas and I've never been so far behind with things. Christmas has sort of crept up on me this yar - I've usually presents bought and cards sent but I'm just getting round to it now. I was at a carol service this morning watching my daughter do a solo in the local church as part of her school's celebrations. This evening I travel up to another town nearby to see her play in the Northern Area Orchestra at the Mayor's concert. It's all a bit of a rush. So what about comics? I've been talking to some people who tell me that the comics scene everywhere has more or less flatlined. Marvel and D.C. are continually trying to reinvent themselves - witness rebirths of Johnny Storm, Batman etc. - and are keeping to their stock characters. There's no attempt to develop anything new or exciting. I've stopped buying comics - although I'm buying some of the collections of reprints that are coming out. But that's what they are, reprints of former comics - and I know of a lot of other people who've done the same. There's nothing exciting anymore. Anyway Adrian and I had a meeting on the 1st December and we've though about trying 1949 with more digital formats - since that seems to be the way that comics are going. We plan to put up some more of David's stuff on Joachim Darke on the web but it won't be until around Christmas as both of us are busy with other things. I can't see the comics that we grew up with continuing for much longer - they're dead already. Anyway off to take my daughter to her concert. I'll try to get another blog out before Christmas but I seem to keep repeating that the comics scene is really dead. What are we going to do about it? Answers on a postcard please!