comic book novel

I hear so many people talk about how great it is that they didn’t get into comics, or that they stopped buying single issues of comics. They say things like “It was getting pretty bad before I had to stop myself,” as if they’re discussing heroin or punching elementary schoolers. Comics had ceased to be things that they consistently enjoyed and had become things that they felt like they had to finish. They had to buy every issue of every title so that they could potentially grasp one narrative. You know why a major book being a “standalone title” is often seen as such a awesome thing in comics? It’s definitely not because they come around very often.

There’s something so satisfying about holding a single issue of a comic book in your hands. It’s light, colorful, and reminds you of the good times you had before you had to start paying for the things that kept you alive. So I hate to say “Time to scrap that concept,” but the comic book industry needs to lean into the skid of what’s actually working. If digital comics are on the rise, do more to promote those. If people are more likely to read trade paperbacks or full-length graphic novels, have more writers working toward creating them. I would much rather buy a graphic novel for $16.99 than a collection of single issues (some of which are probably terrible) for $30.

I don’t think single issues of comics will ever go away, at least not in the near future. But I do think that a business model that deals mostly with what’s working is a good step toward making sure that the comic industry isn’t extinct in 20 years.

4 Ways Comic Books Are Losing Touch With Their Audience

The Zodiac Signs as Books

Novel: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Capricorn

Comic book: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Picture book: Libra, Aquarius, Pisces
Marvel executive says emphasis on diversity may have alienated readers
Comics studio’s vice president of sales tells summit that some stores say people ‘have had enough’ of new female and ethnic minority characters
By Sian Cain

People didn’t want any more diversity, they didn’t want female characters out there

No, what they didn’t want was you replacing existing characters with women and minorities.

I’m mexican. 

I don’t want miles Morales to be spiderman. I couldn’t give a fuck what danny glover says.

I would rather have arana. 


I don’t want to go “well, spider man was peter parker, but then they changed him to some black kid because of some mandate. he’s not really special in any way and is pretty much a cookie cutter spider man who’s black just to be black. ”

This is why Luke Cage was so well received: it wasn’t “well he’s superhero X, but he’s black now.” 

It was “HERE’S FUCKING LUKE CAGE. He’s a hero. He’s a badass. And oh yeah, he’s black.” His color is secondary, it doesn’t matter to his identity or even brought up like it is all the time in the Miles Morales comics like that: “The new spiderman is black!” that is literally said in the comics.

Nobody gave a shit about making Fury black because everybody knew why:

They wanted Samuel L Jackson to play him. It wasn’t skintone: it was the character and personality that drove the change.

Miles? Miles was made to appease a quota.
‘Invader Zim’ TV Movie Based On Series Greenlighted By Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon has given the green light to a 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie based on the hit animated series which aired from 2001-2002. The 2D-animated TV movie, from Invader Zim original creator Jh…
By Denise Petski

PREPARE YOURSELVES, EARTHLINGS! INVADER ZIM is returning to @nickelodeon for a new TV movie!

Illustration: Shannon Wright for NPR

Here at NPR headquarters in DC, MARVELous IMAGEs and FANTAstic GRAPHICS are dancing in our heads as we contemplate this year’s edition of our famous Summer Reader Poll — who will make the cut? Will it be packed with old favorites or BOOM! Will a DARK HORSE muscle in?

Oh God, we can’t keep this up anymore. Let’s just come right out and say it: This summer, we’re celebrating comics and graphic novels, and we need your help! Whether it’s a dogeared childhood treasure, the latest Eisner Award winner or the webcomic you binge-read last week, tell us about it using the form on this page.

Based on what you tell us, our expert panel of comics creators, reviewers — and geeks — will curate a final list of 100 favorite comics.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane … It’s Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!


Sound of Snow Falling is finally at the printer. The wet and plotter proofs arrived at the @2dcloud office Friday. 

How to get your copy? 2dcloud will be launching our Winter 2017 collection kickstarter in a week.  Sound of Snow Falling will be one of the books in the collection <3 You can also pre-order it on amazon

This book has been so many years in the making, I am very excited <3 <3 <3 Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest!!!!!