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Old June 1st, 2008   michealdark is offline   #1
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Looks like my last one got wiped out with the whole crash thing. Anyways, as you may recall, this is my dumping ground for all of my poems, essays, articles, and miscelaneous other important posts and topics that I've come up with. No stories allowed of course, though I might link you to some of mine. Anyways, hope you enjoy this once again.

Let's start out with my haiku. A quick note on my haiku form first. I don't follow the standard haiku form of 7-5-7. I follow Jack Kerouac's "Pops Haiku" form, which is haiku stripped to its basics-a zen-like three line verse that (usually) tries to reveal a deep truth through simple observation, usually devoid of such poetic devices as rhyme and metaphor(though mine tend to have metaphor, so that's another little break in the rules from me).

Haiku 1

Night is long
Cold September’s end
Not **** to do

Jacket is soaked
Chill of death
Is upon me

Cannot escape sound
Even in
Perceived silence

Voice in mind
Chatting away
Yesterday’s frustrations

Cricket songs
More desperate
Time closes in

Pops haiku
Are too easy
Thanks, Adored Kerouac!

A poet’s heart
Is never
At ease

Can’t find time
For musical practice
Guitar collecting dust

Wake to new day
Another chance
To make an impact

Haiku 2

You say “no”
I say “yes”
Compromise no long in us

Another rainy night
In Indiana
Without her

Loneliness I feel
Reflecting on better times
With my Jenny Jen

Fall mantas emerges
Looking for last crickets
To chirp at cold night

Old grey man
Stares out of mirror at young me
Reminds me I shall die

Fall rain is cold and deadly
Spring rain is young and invigorating
Cycle of life reflected

Innocence beckons
For me to return
While age drags me forward by my balls

Never let
The child within
Die a lonely death

Child reaches for me
With my face
Then I wake up

If little pleasures
Are not enjoyed
The big ones will surely die

Comedy-
Self preservation
By indulging inner child

Crocodile raindrops
On the roof
Leaving September in confusion

When did the wigger look
Become
The hardcore/death metal look?

I miss Shel Silverstein
Sparked my poetic interest
Unsung genius

Mick Barr
The best guitarist
You’ve never heard

Mystical power of my guitar
Is weeping
For my return

“Smooth Jazz”
Can kiss
My white ass

Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis
Are jazz-
This is horse ****!

My life
Is a long
Afternoon blues

My heart hurts
For a I miss
The loves of my past

Journey of the soul
October 31st
Blessed Samhain

Red leaves fallen
In corn husk spotted yards
Signal fall death warrant

Kerouac- Jazz blues Buddha
Beat meandering disembodied
Auto-poesy master
 
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Old January 7th, 2009   michealdark is offline   #2
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Okay, well, I see I haven't added to this one in a looooooong time, so let's get some more color in here.

Death is Not an End, For You and I

The moment we met
My life began
In my soul
I lost control
For love is
a funny thing

We danced
We sang
We touched

You smiled so warm
Thoughts of us
Swarmed

A little while later
We started to be together
I loved you without end
I was your best friend
I thought you would stay
Until the end

I remember how we used
To lie in bed all day
But not since you've gone away

Sometimes we would lie
at the fence
Having our libidos quenched

You knew how we'd hum
To the beat
Of our drum

That's not all we were
You know?
When I think of you
a warm felling grows
When we were one
It really showed

But you lie
in the ground
Cold and dead

All these thoughts
run through me
Into my head

I was there
I remember it well
How the man hit me
And with a sickening thud
I fell
As I caught your smell

Why didn't you go
When he called you
A ho?

You just glared
as he approached you
so slow

Midnight rang out
From the church bells
and for a second I thought
"Could this be Hell?"
I came to
With my mouth agape

First you were molested
then he ravished you
Then you were raped

As the convenient store camera
Caught it all
On video tape

He proceeded to beat you
The more you tried to resist
I can still hear
the loud
Crack of his fists
And I couldn't stand it

I tried to help you
I ran to you
And I got in his face

But another hard crack
And I was back
Down in my place

Next I 'member
It was 12:30 in the morn'
As you lay there
Bloody and torn
Hard used
Hard worn

You look up at me
With sad,soulful eyes
And I feel lost

I realize there is still time
How could this clean looking man
Have committed this crime?

I say to hold on
I'll be right back
You latch on to me
And start to hack
The blood froths red
You start to foam

I wanna scream
"I WANNA GO HOME"
Yes I wish we were home

I hold you
And start to cry
I don't want you to die

I cry out
"WHY GOD WHY?!
WHERE ARE THE ****ING EMS!?
WHY?!
WHY?
Why........."

Finally sirens soar
In the car
I see him and roar

"You bastard!" I scream
My eyes see
A crimson stream

I hold you again
Your voice is so low
"Please tell them
To just go"
I say to you "No"

You frown so hard
I wanna drown
Or kill the clown

I glance his way
He is barely 21
Why did he beat us with a gun?

I tear at the door
I jerk him out
I would have
killed him
100 fold
Without a doubt

I beat him silly
His blood flows
From his lips

To my knuckles
which I kiss
They taste like bliss

I leave him
and give you
a kiss
I wonder why
12:50 Christmas Morning
Ended like this

You were pronounced dead
By noon
At least it ended soon

5 months later
I'm on the stand
I'm so belligerent
The bailiff
removes me
at the judge's command

I sit in a cell
$5000 bond
I feel conned

I remember it all
My tears sting
About this wicked thing

I am released
and get to
try again
This time
I make it
to the end

The jury returns
A week
To the day

"Not Guilty"
They say
in a fateful way

For 7 months now
Oh how I've tried
To move on
But I can't tell you
How many times
I've cried

Your mother
Picked our daughter up
Today

They both know
I am
Going away

I slit my wrists
I stab my gut
The blood starts to spit
I feel
Myself
Turn to dust

My soul ascends
into your arms
"I love you"

We hold each other
For far
Too long

Together
Forever
that's what we are
I say
"Death is not an end
For you and I"
 
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Old January 7th, 2009   michealdark is offline   #3
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More of an agry board post, but this works as a nice short article as well.

I've made my views clear on why I like Oracle the way she is in other places, but I think it bears repeating: I think Oracle is fine the way she is. Babs is far more interesting in this role than she was as Batgirl. I say this as a fan of Babs-Batgirl too. That was a fine role for her 30 years ago. She was the light that the Batfamily needed in an age that (as it should have been) was getting progressively darker and more realistic. She wasn't campy, but she was fun. But she could also kick some ass when she needed to. But she outgrew that role. Oracle is just more suiting now. Babs is a cunning woman, with a love for knowledge, and this role has played into that aspect of her well. It was a needed change in direction that has added a richness to her she was lacking before. On top of that, I think she makes a good role model for disabled readers. She's a shining example that if you put your mind to it, there's no such thing as a disability. You can do anything with hard enough work. Now yes, the argument has been made that if you really want her as a role model for the handicapped, wouldn't it also make sense to have her eventually overcome her injuries. Well, yes, that could be seen as a positive. But at the same time, there are people in real life that aren't ever going to be able to come out of the chair, and there's also the question of who do the handicapped identify with once Babs is gone? I think it would be more crass to force someone else into the role of diabled hero than anything that's happened to Babs. Remember, Babs wasn't crippled in order to become Oracle. Ostrander just used her disability as a way to evolve the character and have her overcome her situation.
 
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Old January 8th, 2009   boogie-man is offline   #4
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§ i really like "death is not an end, for you and i"... it was filled with such emotion! it actually gave me the chills... keep up the great work ... §
 
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Thanks. That's one of the ones I'm most proud of writing.
 
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You seriously have some truly thought provoking stuff being raised, michealdark! Wow!
 
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Old December 2nd, 2009   michealdark is offline   #7
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Haven't done anything here in a long time, so I'm gonna do some of the speeches I've done this semester!

Matt Bennett
12/02/09
Public Speaking
Group 1: Effects of the Media on Society
I. Thank you. Today I’m going to be discussing the effects of the media on young males. Personally, I don’t think the media can make people do anything. Playing a violent video game won’t make you shoot up a school. But what it can do is affect our attitudes, in a big way, and I think there have been some problems in the attitudes the media has presented to boys and teens. I feel it’s a threefold problem, and I’d like to talk about what I feel those issues are and end with how to deal with them.

II. First up, let’s talk about the lack of positive art in the world.
A. The world we live in today has a lack of art that affirms life and encourages individuation and self-identity. Instead, the television, music, films, advertising, etc. that we see today insist that we all conform to certain conventions on what is “normal”, “cool”, and “proper”. Instead of boys feeling the need to be themselves and explore who they are as people, they’re paying too much attention to being told how to look (rather that means dressing in baggy pants and hoodies or wearing guyliner and girl pants), what crowd to fit into, what new single is on the charts, and a bunch of other trivial things.

III. Next up, there’s a lack of positive role models for boys to live up to.
A. Back in the old days, my grandparents used to have people like Gene Autry or John Wayne they could look to. People who clearly represented the forces of good in the world, who always wore the white hats and carried the six shooters and got the desperadoes. My mom had people like Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol, and Joe Strummer from the Clash, who while not always the best people, certainly had a lot of positive things to contribute in terms of pushing individuality, freedom of expression, political involvement, and the idea of the arts as a weapon.
B. Who do we have today that we can look to for things like that? Everyone my generation had has either seen diminishing returns on their investment, like Chuck D from Public Enemy, or is dead now, like Kurt Cobain and Tupac.

IV. The last issue when it comes to boys and the media has been the decline in the quality of hip-hop, not just as a musical form but as a culture as well.
A. There once was a time when hip-hop had a conscience. Graffiti artists used to be rebels using art to stand up to the system. DJing used to be a radical form of musical expression. Breaking and freestyle rapping was used by gangs as an alternate form of battle so that they didn’t feel the need to kill each other like they do now. Rappers and groups like Pac, Biggie, Public Enemy, NWA, Melle Mel of the Furious Five, Gang Star, KRS-One/Boogie Down Productions, Nas, and Queen Latifah had something to say in their music, either as a form of empowerment or as a way to point out flaws in the African American community that needed to be corrected.
B. We rarely have that anymore. Now what do we have? The violence of gangsta rap, which was supposed to be used to point out the struggles of inner city living, has now become a glorified, bloated demigod fed on Cristal and capitalist greed, while women have become dehumanized animals and sex objects.
C. This last thing especially troubles me. Was Cleopatra a bitch? Was Joan of Arc a ho? Was Rosa Parks just some sex object for dumb teen boys to masturbate to in their parents’ basements?!

V. I think it's clear the negative effect the media can have on boys. I've shown it to be a threefold problem, and hence it needs a threefold solution. We need art that affirms life and encourages personal growth and individuation, like David Mack's Kabuki. This story started out as a simple revenge drama set in the margins between crime and spy fiction, but evolved into an exploration of family, psychology, and the character's self-actualization and it's incredibly moving and philosophically profound. We need more positive role models for guys. There's a reason superhero comics have been so popular for so long, and that's because the ideals and values of the heroes are something boys can aspire to. If you stand Batman or Captain America next to say Li'l Jon, it's pretty clear who you should look up to, and it's not the idiot talking about sweat dripping down his balls and getting crunk. And finally we need hip-hop as a culture to a return to a time when it had a conscience and a message. Going back to Li'l Jon, what does he have to say? How does Li'l Wayne positively affect the world? How does Pretty Ricky raise the collective consciousness of the male species? Hip-hop died in 1997, but I think it can rise again like a phoenix from the ashes. But that can't happen so long as clueless, vacuous morons like this keep raping its corpse. What we males need is a revolution of the intellect, not an insurrection of violence. Speaking of which, that brings us to (insert whoever follows me here).
 
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Informative: Reevaluating Comics

I. Hello everyone. I’m sure you’ve all come across comics before. Rather in the form of graphic novels and trade paperback collections, single issues in the traditional magazine/pamphlet form, or in the form of newspaper strips and editorial cartoons, comics have been a pervasive art form in America for over a century. But have you really sat down and thought about them? Are they just kids stuff for you? As comics legend Will Eisner put it, do you view them as a “despised art form”? If so, perhaps it’s time you gave them a re-evaluation, because I genuinely think you can learn a lot from them. And that’s what I’m going to try to do today, by discussing the following three topics: the various genres that comprise the art form, the themes involved, and my picks for what I feel everyone needs to read.

II. To start with, let’s talk quickly about genres.
A. There are literally dozens of genres and genre combinations out there, but for me I go for superheroes, crime, with some slice of life/memoir/biographical stuff.
B. The bread and butter of the comics industry has to be superheroes.
1. Superheroes offer us an escape from an unjust world.
2. In our world, the justice system isn’t equipped to stop all the threats that befall us and wicked things happen to the innocent without the perpetrators being caught, but in the world of superheroes, justice can be met out with impunity by living gods from which there is no escape. The innocent are always vindicated and crime is always punished, no matter how small or how galactic the scale of that crime.
3. I personally feel that that kind of escapism is needed in this world.
C. Crime comics are the opposite to the fantasy world of the superheroes.
1. Crime shows us the dark underbelly of everyday existence.
2. It’s real people doing desperate things, which can serve either as a glamorization (people love the outlaw after all), or as a warning against the activity depicted (as in the classic comic book “Crime Doesn’t Pay”).
D. That leads us into the last genre, the slice-of-life/biographical portrait comic.
1. While crime focuses on the seedy side of things, slice-of-life takes a certain moment in the creator’s life and dramatizes it.
2. These stories humanize the characters in a way that the other two can’t, and have been responsible for some of the most memorable and poignant books on the market today.

III. Moving on, from genres we’ll transition to themes.
A. Like with genres, there’s literally dozens of themes we could explore. What I’d like to talk about justice, the acceptance of the outsider, and the exploration of human psychology.
B. Justice plays a very big part in both superhero and the police/private detective strains of crime comics.
1. In both, the focus is on the triumph of the forces of law and order over those of chaos and calamity. The evil-doers are punished while the good guys always win.
C. The next theme is about the acceptance of the outsider.
1. Almost all superheroes are outsiders.
2. My favorite example of this is surprisingly not Superman, although he’s the obvious choice, but Gertrude Yorkes from the Runways.
a. Gert is a short, pudgy, 15 year old socialist Jew with purple hair and a rather…unique fashion sense. She’s in every way an outsider. But to me she’s one of the more interesting characters in comics. Given her lack of superpowers, she’s also unique to the superhero community as well. She makes you realize that anybody, no matter how messed up they seem or how unaccepted they are, can make a difference.
3. The last theme is human psychology.
a. For example, crime comics deal with our desire to bend the rules of society, while superheroes deal with our power fantasies.
b. In terms of people I think are the best with dealing with psychology, Daniel Clowes is hands down my favorite. He understands the beauty in banality and the nuances and paranoia of the post-modern world.

IV. Finally, I’m going to name you the titles I think you should read if you really want to appreciate this artform.
A. Watchmen-The ultimate of the deconstructionist superhero stories. It explores a world that posits the idea, “What would superheroes be like if they really existed,” and the results are chillingly dark.
B. Ghost World-This one was also made into a semi-well known movie starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buschemi. It’s Daniel Clowes’ exploration of the cynicism and inner emptiness of teen life in the early 1990’s, as protagonists Enid and Rebecca spend summer vacation poking fun of pop culture, tearing apart the people they meet with their biting wit and withering sarcasm, and deciding the direction their post-high school lives will take. It’s often mistakenly labeled a comedy, but at its heart it’s about the human drama of Enid and Rebecca growing up and growing apart.
C. Strangers in Paradise-This one is one of the more unique comics ever made. It’s a combination of romance comic, melodrama, and comedy. Terry Moore’s writing is top notch, and his scratchy artwork is so realistic and expressive that you’ll think you’re meeting real people.

V. Now that I’ve explored the genres of comics, the themes they explore, and the ones I think will give you a greater appreciation of the form, I hope that you’ll take the time to reevaluate this highly skilled but underappreciated art. To me comics are the most perfect form of entertainment next to theatre and cinema. They combine writing and visuals into a complete narrative whole. You can’t get that with novels, and certainly not with just art, no matter how skilled. If you just give comics a chance, believe me, there’s more to them than what there seems. Now if only I had another 20 minutes or so to go into more detail…
 
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Persuasive: Comic Book Armageddon

I. Ladies and gentlemen, I love the art form we call comics. For nearly a decade, they’ve become a greater and greater part of my life. I am fascinated by the characters, the variety of styles, and the nuances that come from the combination and juxtaposition of words and images. There’s something so basic about the form, about how it harkens back to our earliest days using cave drawings to illustrate our earliest stories. In that simplicity is born a supremely detailed and complex language all its own. Sadly though, I fear that with most forms of art in this world, comics are in trouble. My goal today is to explain why I this is so and what I think can be done to solve it. There’s three ways that I’ll go about it. We’ll start by using the opinions of some of the creators and critics of comics before launching into my own ideas on what the problems are, and my own ideas on the possible solutions.

II. First of all, let’s start by looking at the opinions of some others. I sent a questionnaire to several comic book creators I know with these three questions: “Do you think the comics industry is in a state of stagnation, and if so, what can be done about it”, “There’s been a lot done in the past 30 or 40 years to legitimize comics as an art form, but I feel like has died in the last decade or so. What can be done to further the image of comics”, and “Do you see the future of comics staying as a print medium, or becoming a digital one?” I didn’t get as many responses as I expected, but I did get some from Ron Marz, writer Green Lantern, Witchblade, The Darkness, Broken Trinity, and Angelus, JT Krul (Soulfire, Fathom, and Blackest Night: Titans), and Dan DiDio, editor in chief of DC Comics.

A. Ron Marz
1. In terms of overall sales, it's stagnating because we published WAY too many superhero books, and they dominate sales.

There's more variety than there's been in a long time, but anything other than superheroes struggles to get noticed in a crowded marketplace.
2. As long as 90% of the market remains superheroes, some people will never accept comics as a viable art form and storytelling medium.
3. Both. The single-issue form will move to digital delivery, which I think will actually help in creating variety. Let's face it, 98% of the general public has no interest in reading superheroes or going into a comic shop. We need to create content they can access and are interested in. Collections will still be a physical, paper product.

B. JT Krul
1. I actually don't think comics are in stagnation. With the current economy, I actually thought comics would take a bigger hit as readers are having to deal with smaller spending budgets. The thing I would really like to see is for more independent books to crack into the higher levels. When only a handful of the top 100 books in any given month is an independent book, then that says something. And, most of those indie books are licensed properties like Star Wars, Buffy, or Conan. I'd just like to see the readership expand and draw in a greater variety of books and stories and genres. But all of this is really a sales standpoint, but that drives the business. If the sales are there, the stories will come. If not, even the best project in the world will die if they can't get more people to read it. That's just reality.
2. I don’t think it's died as an art form, but it is much harder to find something new and innovative in comics because for those past years that's what people have been trying to do. I think the real reason you might see comics losing ground artistically is because the commercial aspect of it has been heightened since the latest Hollywood blitz for properties. Once the comic world becomes so connected with movies and television and such, the less of an "art form" it might be. That is not to say that movies and television aren't art, it's seen in a different light than traditional artistic realms. Does that make sense?
3. Short of environmental factors, I don't see print media going anywhere. People said the same thing about books for the past 20 years and yet we are still buying good old-fashioned books. That being said, digital comics will expand and grow. It reminds me of the television industry. You can start a project as a web-series, but it really is a strategy for getting it onto television, where the real dollars still exist. Digital comics are the same way. It's a great medium to get the idea out there and build a fan base, draw some attention, and create a presence in the industry, but it will all lead to the printed form because that's still what sells.

C. And lastly, Dan DiDio.
1. I don’t see any stagnation in the marketplace. If anything we’re entering into one of the more transformative times in the industry.
2. IN my opinion comics don’t receive legitimacy by being considered an art form, but by being clearly identified as a leader in pop culture phenomenon.
3. Why does it have to be either/or? I believe print and digital can work well side by side and grow together.

D. As you can see, opinions to my questionnaire varied widely, but I think that’s a good thing for something like this. It’s nice to see the opposing side given some time.

III. Now that we’ve covered that, let me explain what I think are the problems facing comics today.

A. This first one is stagnation.
1. To me, besides the obviousness that all art is about expression, I think art is also about progress.
2. This is especially true of the late 19th and the 20th centuries, when comics first emerged. The entirety of art was in a state of flux, and the age of Modernism was in bloom. Music was becoming more violent and discordant. Photography was still in its height of development. It was the golden age of silent cinema, the time for experimentalism in poetry and literature, the age of Dada and the Bauhaus, and the time for the popularity of abstraction in the visual arts.
3. Sadly, if you look at comics though, there hasn’t been much progress in comics, in terms of experimenting with the form.
a. There’s been a few renegades determined to push the boundaries of what one can do with the form, such as art spiegleman and Francoise Mouly of Raw Magazine, Harvey Kurtzman with Mad, Will Eisner in his graphic novels, and Moebius and Richard Corben with Heavy Metal and its original French version Metal Erlong., but by and large the form is still the same.
b. The comic book is still just an expanded version of the comic strip, with most of the innovation coming in trying to come up with interesting panel arrangement.

B. The second major problem I see in comics today is the over-reliance on the “grim and gritty” formula.
1. I should probably first explain what I mean here.
a. Stan Lee, with the development of the Fantastic Four in 1961, set out to create a new era in comics to counter the stagnation of the 50’s caused by a Senate hearing trying to tie comics to juvenile delinquency and the absolutely vile self-censoring organization, the Comics Code Authority, by trying create more realistic heroes with foibles and troubles of their own and a more naturalistic (if at time a bit verbose) speaking style.
b. In his wake, creators started to tackle more mature themes and adding more and more layers to their characters. For example, Dennis “Denny” O’Neil brought Batman back to his original 1939 roots as a ruthless, obsessive detective and avenger against crime, while in Green Lantern/Green Arrow, he used comics to tackle issues like drug addiction, Native American rights, racism, and environmentalism. Meanwhile at Marvel, Gerry Conway shocked the world by killing off Spider-man’s first truly great love, Gwen Stacy, at the hands of his greatest enemy: Norman Osborne, the Green Goblin.
c. By the time we got to the mid-80’s, this exploration of deeper characterization and story had taken a turn towards all heroes having to be these brooding, damaged figures without any traditional heroic values at all, and the stories we now about cruelty and darkness without the normal heroics light to balance it out.
2. Sadly, this trend is still with us today, despite efforts by the likes of kurk buizIaueie and Scott McCloud to change it in the 90’s. It’s a burnt out trend that killed the traditional values of the hero.

C. The last problem I want to talk about is the lack of variety in the market.
1. As Ron Marz was quick to point out, there’s more variety on the market now than there’s been in quite a long time. Crime comics are especially popular again. With the raise of manga (Japanese comics), romance and high school dramas and horror comics have also experienced something of resurgence.
2. As he, Scott McCloud, and were also quick to point out, superheroes are still the dominate books on the market.
3. Let me make it clear that I love superheroes. I mean LOVE superheroes. But I mean come on! How can one expect greater levels in story, art, and characterization if the only thing selling is something with a recognized style that has remained basically unchanged for the past 70 years?!

IV. Well now that we know the problems, what solutions can we come up with?
A. Since we started with stagnation of form, let’s see what we can do with it.
1. The first thing that comes to mind is to promote the creation and popularization of more original graphic novels.
a. A definition of the term “graphic novel” may be in order here.
b. A graphic novel is a long form, square bound comic, told as one whole chunk, lasting anywhere from twice the length of a monthly comic (44 pages) on up. It’s meant to be a complete narrative with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
c. A lot of the great works in the comics genre in the last 30 years have been graphic novels, but at the same time they’re still not recognized as well as a should be. Mainly because they take a long time to make, and cost a lot to promote when they come out because they hit as many traditional bookstore shelves as they do comic shop shelves. This has meant that most of the best known “graphic novels”, including Watchmen and Ghost World, have actually been collections miniseries and major story arcs from ongoing series.
d. But I truly feel that if more money was spent on doing original graphic novels, and promoting them, it would allow for a great creative outlet for creators and help to further legitimatize comics for the mainstream public.
2. Another good one would be to support the formalist/experimental artists.
a. We need to support artists that really want to push the art form forward. Such artists as art spiegelman and Matt Madden and Chris Ware, who do wild things with story, panel design, layout, should be artists that get more mainstream attention.
B. Second of all, for the love of all that is good there needs to be a moratorium on “grim and gritty”.
1. It’s a style that’s become silly, repetitive, and without anything further of substance to say.
2. What was revolutionary in 1986 has just become boring in 2009.
3. See, I thought what this style was about was to create more mature stories with deeper characters. Instead it’s just gotten us into a world of depression and brooding and characters so emo that even those creeps from Twilight would laugh them out of the building. I say NO! I say it’s time for something different.
C. Lastly, we need more variety on the market still.
1. I’m thankful that we have the variety we do today, but we could still use more.
2. While crime comics are very popular again, we could stand a few more romance comics on the shelves again outside of just Strangers in Paradise, Spider-man Loves Mary Jane, and some translated manga titles. How about some sports comics? Or more sci-fi? I think the market could handle the load. With over 200 superhero titles out there, we definitely don’t need any more of those.

V. So that brings me to the end of our little talk tonight. I hate to be overbearing on this topic, but I really do love this art form and it hurts my heart as a fan to see it in a state of decay. As a fan, and someone who wants to be involved someday, I can’t just sit back and let it die. Just as I can’t sit back and allow any other form of art die. While I talked about comics tonight, just be glad I don’t know anyone making horror films to help me out. If you thought this was long, I could guarantee you that a speech on the sorry state of horror films today would have taken a whole class period and then some. But I digress. Anyways, I thank you for your infinite patience with me tonight. Have yourselves a good night.
 
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Old October 14th, 2010   michealdark is offline   #10
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Linking you all to the first chapter of my new Runaways fanfic
 
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I generally agree with your thesis, though I suspect that you will find many here willing to challenge your assumptions - for some comics have never been richer in content; but, I guess, to each their own. Thanks for the thoughtful provoking post.
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You know, I thought I had a lot more stuff in this thread, but I think some of that might have been from before the big crash a few years ago. I'll have to track down more of my stuff.

Thanks for the compliments though. I guess you could say I overthink comics. I just say I'm a good fan.

Don't forget that I just linked to a new fanfic I'm doing (since I can't actually post it here because we're not allowed to).
 
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Here's a short story I did for my autism class. The assignment was to write a book for children explaining what autism is. I decided to write it almost like a fairy tale.

Different Kind of Princess: An Autism Story for Youngsters

Once upon a time there lived a princess named Alinda. Alinda had three older sisters and a younger brother. She was the daughter of King Amarth and Queen Beilanda from the kingdom of Galarath, in the far north. Like all the royal couple’s children, Alinda was much loved. However, she was different from her siblings. Alinda didn’t really like it when her parents threw parties. It was required of them as royalty. State dinners were always the easiest way to sit down with the leaders of the other nearby kingdoms and discuss matters of importance. It was also an opportunity for the other royals to bring their sons along to court her and her sisters. Royals always look to marry their daughters off to other noble families in order to strengthen the bonds between nations, although the ages of the girls (Alinda at 13 and her sisters at 19, 17, and 16 respectively) certainly helped make a matter of state seem more acceptable. After all, teenage girls with attractive teenage boys from similar backgrounds seemed like a good recipe to forge friendships, if not love connections. But at the same time, King Amarth always felt guilty when such events were held. Alinda was sensitive to loud noises, and all the laughing, beer drinking, music, and general merriment and fanfare that accompanied these parties was enough to make her hide in her room, under her bed with her hands over her ears. Her father always felt as if he were hurting her, but could do nothing to stop it. Her siblings thought she was weird. But her mother knew Alinda was just different.

Alinda never really had many friends. Everyone in the kingdom loved her, and she had a few people she enjoyed playing with, but she found it difficult to forge friendships. She never felt really like other people could relate to her. She had an interest in things most girls her age didn’t. Other princesses wanted to be wives and mothers, to learn how to properly host parties, or maybe to play an instrument. Alinda was interested in the finer details of fencing. She read many books on the subject, and made herself a practice foil out of a piece of an old armoire that had broken off. She would dance around her room for hours some days, thrusting and retreating, moving and slashing, until her sisters caught her one day. They made fun of her, called her a boy, but when the King learned about it, he instead let her practice under his top captain, and she soon became a good enough swordswoman to compete in the junior league exhibition at the fair, facing and even beating all the top pages and princes except for one, her suitor. He was Prince Goffery of the southern kingdom of Avalusia, and he was her one constant companion. They had been betrothed when he was 10 years old and she was 7. He was a tolerant young boy, and indulged her interest in fencing, and didn’t mind her when she went to length on it, or even worse when she would just get lost in her own private world. He was the only one allowed with her when her aversion to sound prevented her from being with others. And she loved him for it. Her siblings thought she was weird. But Goffery knew Alinda was just different.

Alinda had a very active imagination. She would sometimes pretend she was a gallant knight and Goffery was her man in distress. She would pretend she was saving him from the vicious dragon living in the mountains. She would often get lost in these fantasies for hours at a time, getting so deep that she would lose track of what was happening around her, daydreaming and seeming to stare at one spot for a long time. This would aggravate her tutors, her siblings, and her mother to no end. It would sometimes seem she didn’t care about them. It would seem she had an egotistic streak, and that she thought she was the center of the universe. Her father understood though. Her siblings thought she was weird. But her father knew Alinda was just different.

Perhaps the hardest part for Alinda was that she had trouble communicating her thoughts. She was a very loving young woman. She loved her parents. She loved Goffery. She loved her siblings, even if their teasing did hurt sometimes. She respected her people and the fact that they loved her despite her problems. But words were hard for her. She knew what she wanted to say, but often times failed to put those words together into coherent sentences. It all sounded right in her head, but she could tell from how people reacted that it would come out wrong, if it came out at all. She would get so angry about it that she’d abandon words altogether sometimes. She would either throw a tantrum, or she would just not talk to anyone, sometimes for days on end. She would sit in her room and sulk, and glare at people during dinner time, then return to her room, put her nose in a book, and go back to sulking. She would always get over it and try again, but inevitably the same thing would happen and the cycle would repeat. She tried everything she and her parents could think of to overcome this problem, but nothing worked until Goffery introduced her to sign language. Her sisters thought it was a waste of time. Their sister wasn’t deaf; she just had a speech impediment or something they would tell themselves. For Alinda and her parents though, it helped immensely. What she couldn’t express in words, she would express in sign. This made her happy. And her brother loved it too, sitting with her when Goffery would give his lessons. He could tell it made Alinda happy, and that was enough for him to be happy. After all, while her sisters thought she was weird, her brother knew Alinda was just different. Beacause Alinda had autism.
 
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