I don't post here often, cuz I don't hang out here often. That is a sad fact. I don't draw much so of course I don't come to deviantart because I have nothing to post and so ... it becomes a vicious cycle. No new art, no reason to go to DA, don't post. Since I don't come to DA I'm not inspired and I don't art so I don't have a reason to come here, like say new art so I don't come. LOL Weird, I know.
But I do on occasion come looking for artistic inspiration. Right now I'm focusing a lot on the writerly side of my creativity. Much to the detriment of my art. *sighs* That YJ comic I was working on is in limbo ... I think I will re-script and rethink the whole thing, make it shorter, less cameos, all around less of a hassle and more of the fun thing to do it was originally supposed to be.
So I haven't given up on it, yet.
I'm also starting on notes for my original comic book idea I want to start after the YJ minicomic I do. Whatever. That's too early ...
I've come to a sad decision. *sighs* I've decided to give up comics. I've been collecting for years, and for a while there I quit a little bit then came back to it. I quit because I lived in Mississippi which has like NO comic shops. I live somewhere civilized now and they do have them. Though I do miss the genteel southern atmosphere and the fact that I could grow ANYTHING in Mississippi.
Superhero comics have abandoned all sense, and all hope of ever regaining them. I realize that they're being spearheaded and written by a bunch of people who aren't really interested in or have any great love for superhero books. I think if you could secretly poll these people, most of whom broke into comics doing anything but superhero books, who are busy publishing non-superhero stuff on the side, and who generally write superheroes in a not at all superheroic way, you'd find that the only reason they work at Marvel and DC is because they can't otherwise make a career of writing and doing comics. That or they have a sick perverse need to piss on other fanboys loves.
The point is superhero comics have never been less heroic and more in the gutter. Alan Moore was writing art, and brilliant fiction. He was trying to grow up superheroes, but all anyone took from that was, "Wow, we can say s#!% and use potty humor! W00t!" Gone and missing are the serious ideas, supplanted by these stupidly thinly present attempts at being modernly relevant by pissing on the politics of the day. Simply because its spins people's heads, pisses people off, and garners press ... comic book readers are mostly liberals, the occasional conservative is just there to be difficult, so of course most people will lean in whatever direction X comic book writer will write. So when he rattles the cages he's just doing it to get a rise out of non-comic book readers.
The speculators of the 90's comics trying to make a quick buck are gone, having imploded comics, and we're left with the angry, tired, cynical diatribes of a bunch of end world egotists who are only too happy to be steering the ship into death. Now if any of those morons had truly grown up reading superhero comics and hadn't gotten all cynical and displeased with them in their lives they might have been able to understand that Superman always saves the day at the last possible second in what might seem a impossible but always plausible last ditch effort.
I hope superhero comics can have such a save. But I can tell you the idiots at the mast of the boats right now (DC & Marvel) are not the ones to do it. Their hate, disbelief and thinly veiled cynicism of superheroes is so clearly present in the horrible comics they write and sell. Its evident in their complete lack of interest in growing the audience, either in female readers or young children and their lack of respect for any characters 'character' over the stupid minutea of continuity.
There will always be artist I love in superhero books, and I might dip in now and again, but I doubt it. I'll just keep reading the occasional trade from the library, my old favorites, or something new and independent. Because my Teen Titans, my Legion, my heyday of superhero sidekicks and comics that were not ashamed to show Santa on the covers ... those days are gone. You took the whimsy out of comics ... and with it the love and goofiness and everything that made any comics worth reading.
Well, at least I've got Archie, and Adventure Time is being made into a comic ... I might start collecting Fables up again ... there's back issues and independents ... and hopefully someday the Mickey Mouse line of comics might come back again.
I hope somebody saves the superheroes soon ... I know comics are here to stay. Just look at all the webcomics around. I hope next year, one of them will be mine.