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Five For Friday #1: Snapshot
posted October 29, 2004
Name Five Ongoing Series That Provide a Snapshot of "Comics Right Now"
, Dan Clowes
, Carla McNeil
, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch
Other Lists and Responses
1. Drawn & Quarterly Showcase
4. In the Shadow of No Towers
5. Rurouni Kenshin
(I chose Kenshin
because I think it out-jumps JUMP
, in that it was so popular and decompressed and fast, that it now comes out as frequently as the magazine and sells more too.)
I like the replacement of Ultimates
(sorry, John Byrne). I actually think that you might want to include both of them if you were to want to name the "typical" very popular supercomic. Those are the two prevailing instincts for getting your book in the top ten now, I think: widescreen, cinematic, revamp-ish black-ops-themed stories on the one hand (Ultimates
) and everything-and-the-kitchen-sink rock'em-sock'em nostalgic geek-gasms with fanboy-favorite artists on the other (Superman/Batman).
I'm surprised by the inclusion of Voltron
, because I thought a lot of that 80s retro toy comic stuff had passed its peak sales-wise, but as a retailer you probably know more about the truth of this than I do. Hell, I never
would have guessed that Conan
would do as well as it did.
I would have included EITHER D&Q Showcase
OR Worn Tuff Elbow
, not both, since I think they both represent the post-RAW
generation, and I think you need a RAW
-era cartoonist in there instead. Or at least the type of cartoonist who gets favorable write-ups in the NYT
. Maybe Persepolis
(Pantheon)? That represents both the "comics are respectable in polite circles now" factor and the "big publishing companies now publish comics" factor. Or you could do In the Shadow of No Towers
, which would cover the "RAW
" factor as a bonus.
Editor's Note: Chris Butcher has since amended his list.
(1) Detective Conan
(3) Superman/ Batman
(4) Uncle Scrooge
(5) The Walking Dead
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