Friday, January 08, 2016

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Monday, January 04, 2016

The "Ten Years Later" Affair

I still produce comics—but I don't consider myself to be, any longer, part of what some within the industry call "the comics community." I've met some good people within said community, but I think it has also produced some real monsters and a boatload of dysfunction. There are still a lot of scorpions lying just under the surface of the community that I suspect will assert themselves over the months and years ahead, but I've finished devoting keystrokes to it. I have to move on.

I think it's time to start thinking of producing a new "comics community"—or, even better, a vibrant community of artists, producers, and publishers not so narrowly defined either by format or "tradition."

Beyond that, I will say this: the sum total of my experiences in the "comics community" has educated me profoundly in a way that extends far beyond this medium. And it has pushed me past my fears of rejection and ridicule to embrace the type of interests and media pursuits that most genuinely reflect who I am.

Such are the continuing twists and turns of the game of life. See you in the funny papers.

Valerie D'Orazio,
January 2016

Monday, August 04, 2014

Why I Like “Funny Comics"

When asked about the first comic book I’ve ever read, I often say an issue of “The Fantastic Four” or “Batman”—but the truth is, the very first comic I ever remember holding in my hands and setting my eyes upon was an issue of “Heckle and Jeckle.” It was published by Gold Key, purveyor of much that was considered “funny comics” back then, along with Archie and Harvey. 

It was super-easy for my parents to buy me my reading material. Just grab a bunch of Gold Keys, a “Betty and Veronica,” “Hot Stuff”…and I was set!

Friday, July 25, 2014

I Really Would Have Liked To See That Nic Cage Superman Movie

I'm just saying. After watching "Green Lantern," after sitting through the admittedly well-made Chris Nolan Batman movies and witnessing the admittedly noble godlike personage that is Henry Cavill's Superman...

...after years of Very Good superhero movies, after a veritable Golden Age of comic book flicks, after film after film featuring Men In Tights Sensual Body Armor has been perfected into a fool-proof Art...

...I really really really would have liked to see a balls-out crazy Tim Burton-infused Nic Cage Superman. With the long "Con Air" hair preferably, though I would also take the Elvis look.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Legend Of Korra": Is The Best Place For Fan-Fave Shows Digital?

There was a great gnashing of teeth and rending of garments among "Legend Of Korra" fans today, as news quickly spread that the show was being taken off the air.

"Korra" has long been a fan-favorite cartoon, with popularity among the "Geek" set on the level of "Adventure Time" and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." But, apparently, the number of cosplayers, gifs on Tumblr, fan art, and bloggers writing episode recaps does not = network success.

But is the problem the platform—not the show itself?

Evangeline Lilly On The Secret To "Archie's" Success

"Lost" and "The Hobbit" star Evangeline Lilly recently told Vulture what she credited the long-lasting appeal of the "Archie" comics to: