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Comic Book Questions

I'm trying to learn more about comic books as a storytelling method. I have read only one comic book series, Sandman by Neil Gaiman, long ago and which I loved. But honestly, none of the other comic book series to which I have been introduced (which are few) have interested me.

There is also something a little simplistic about using a series of images to communicate a story. It often seems as if the writers and artists have to be very literal or explicit and that all subtlety is lost. They seem like super hero soap operas. This is an opinion formulated through very little exposure and I would be extremely happy if someone would give me examples to the contrary.

Lately (as I recently discussed with spiderknight), I have started to visualize story ideas in still image form. This is fine, except that the images are not translating well to the written word. I don't know if this is because I am out of practice for writing fiction and the process comes with less ease to me, or if these stories are better suited for a still image method.

I know several of you are fans of comic books and possess a large store of knowledge to draw from. Would you mind answering a few questions for me? You may either leave a comment or email me at ginger.cox at gmail.com.

1. Other than the traditional super hero fare, what types of stories are best told through comics?

2. Do you think the method of serial images lends itself better to certain scenarios?

3. What stories would you not tell via comics?

4. What titles do you recommend of the non super hero variety (I like super heroes; those just aren't the stories I want to tell)?

5. Is there a market for comic novels that are not released serially in segments?
Tags: art, comic books, fiction, writing
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