A (graphic) novel concept!
By MENACHEM LUCHINS, owner, Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, L.I.
So, I was looking through this week’s invoice and it came to me: I don’t really care about most of the books coming out. Now, this is true most weeks, but I make a long list of stuff that might be interesting and then I re-read the solicits and look at pictures and write a little something.
But not this week!
This week I’m going to sum up a conversation I had the other night with my buddy, part-time self-publisher Carl Smith. Carl was complaining about a similar feeling when he goes in to pick up his weekly books and I decided to give him a list of stuff I truly loved over the last couple of years and you know what? Outside of a handful of titles, they were all graphic novels and collections.
I ended up rattling off about 10 titles, and easily could have gone on with another 20 or 30.
And I could do the same here, but that’s not really the point.
So what is, you ask? Well, the point is that there are loads of us who spend large amounts of time and money reading weekly books — but think about it: 90 percent of the time you’re reading something that amounts to 10 minutes of an hourlong TV show. Then, during the “commercial break” you go over and watch another 10 minutes of another show — and so on and so on for every 24-page comic you’re reading. HOW IS THAT AS GOOD AS ONE FULL STORY?!
So, please, this week, do yourself a favor and pick up something substantial. Ask the folks at your local comics shop to recommend a series they have the first trade of or, better yet, a graphic novel that they think you’d really like.
It’s a whole different thing. You’ll see.