Veteran comics scribe and long time industry insider, not to mention self-proclaimed manly man, Beau Smith has a column over on SilverBulletComicBooks.com called Busted Knuckles. Today's installment muses on the state of comic book writing, specifically focusing on humor, or the lack thereof in today's books. He even goes so far as to put out a call to arms of sorts, for readers to really think twice about their purchases, as Beau says,
"Do this for me. Here in the next couple of weeks really read what you've bought. Forget the web hype and the Top Ten writers lists. Try not to think of the character as one you've known for 30 years. Is the writing giving you characters you like. Characters you care about. Characters you want to invest your time with."
His point being, so often collectors put their buying habits on cruise control, and pick up books just because they've followed them so long, or have fond memories for tales gone by. As a self-publisher, I can tell you, spending your dollars on books that you don't really like, only hurts the little guys. There is such a wealth of diverse comics product out there right now, you really can't afford to spend your dollars on dead weight. So, are you man enough to take his challenge?
Pop on over to his column and check it out HERE
It's good, thoughtful, and I think appropriate, stuff. I'm very much drawn to characters and story that infuse a sense of humor into the mix, and Super Real is created with this forefront in my mind.