Friday, January 06, 2006

Father Hero.

I hear a lot of squaking about the prices of American comics. There’s debate about floppys vs. graphic novels and what is the future format of the industry...I'm intrigued by the Manga vs Superhero debate...People either love Anime/Manga style or hate it..there are many questions as to why...but the answers are all around us..you just have to be willing to look outside the comic store...

The thing about pricing is that manga has shown that it's content over production value. I've been in mainstream bookstores and seen kids buying three or four Mangas at a pop. With an average price of $9.99 that's a cool $30.00 bucks. Imagine if kids were dropping that much at the local comic shop.

All this on black and white some times soso paper...smaller images/pages and not to mention some of the scans on them are pretty blurry...still the content/format is what sells it...If American comics put more time into creating stories that kids dig and finding a price point kids were down with...well ok..that's asking too much...

I think the average kid nowadays is more of a Hello Kitty/Yu Gi Oh/ post Pokimon type kid...


thin Anime guys with big hair and ninja moves is his bag...


I grew up on the Indiana Jones/ Batman/ Wolverine type characters...


My generation wanted to be like our fathers


older..


and worldly...



we were attracted to characters that represented that archetype.



Kid's today want to see themselves..Teen Titans...Harry Potter...most popular Anime has a kid or teen characters as the main characters....as does most Manga..


....what kid today wants to read about a maladjusted guy who dresses like a Bat and complains about the death of his mom and dad...

but yet...
give his side kick a Manga/ Anime twist..and voila..instant fan fave..

Robin in the Teen Titans resonates with kids because he is cool and young..which is what kids nowadays want to be.
Maybe it speaks to some deeper issue about how this generation sees it’s self. Media in general is geared so much to the individual..first person shooters..Ipods and PSPs all cater to the mindset of “me”...

In the end ...


...it's not the ideas that our turning the readers away it's the telling of the stories...


It’s all about how you frame the story and the tone in which you tell it..


..just make sure the characters have big eyes and speed lines and you should do just fine...



k

Must reads:
Walking Dead...it’s a Zombie comic that has nothing to do with Zombies..it’s all about people and character..run don’t walk..read it today...