There are many ways a company can print a bad comic:
- Falling out of touch with their readers
- Letting editorial mandates influence the story
- Using flashy gimmicks to sell issues
- Putting the focus of a title solely on a big name creator
- Restricting creative talents of writers and artists
- Shamelessly employing cliché plot devices to end stories
The list can really be endless, so we’ll stop here.
Crumbling Comics is a blog that takes all of the shameful, underhanded, petty business practices of the comic book industry and puts them on display for the comic community to look upon and criticize. As the author and long time comic reader myself, I do background checks to know whether a title is good or not because I am the only one who cares about my money. If I had believed every word the came from the big two’s the marketing department, then every issue of every title would be worth reading: but their not, and they know it. They just don’t care.
At the end of the day, I know that their are creative people behind comics who love their work and respect their fans, but I am also aware that those who hold the majority of power in the comic book industry only respect money and their readers are nothing to them. Comics have been in my life since I was fourteen and, although I might have been too young to read the tales of Sin City or follow V through his planning, I never regret getting into comics. As an Editor-in-Chief for branch of my university’s press, I have come to understand and embrace the struggle that comes with publishing. However, even with my experiences, I still cannot forgive some of the blatant trespasses made against my intelligence and dignity as a reader, and neither should you.
The comic book industry is a beast, and Crumbling Comics is the explorer in the bushes that watches and reports their habits for the benefits of its audience, comic book readers. Regardless of background, any new or old reader should be aware about the methods used in comic publication that insult their intelligence and character.
With the unpleasantness out of the way, welcome to Crumbling Comics! Built on Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Retcons.
Note to the Reader: Just like with literature, music, poetry, or any other art form, the comic book medium produces a unique interpretation for every individual who happens unto it, no two experiences are exactly alike, so, understandably, not every reader carries the same expectations or value from their comic. Crumbling Comics is comfortable with the possibility of having a divided audience.
Crumbling Comics is a non-profit blog that hold no claim to any of images present on the site. All images used belong to their respective publishing houses. Crumbling Comics is not sponsored by any company. The opinions expressed belong to the authors working on the site.
Oscar Barron, creator of Crumbling Comics