Sunday, March 31, 2013
No More Comic Books
I dislike the term "Comic Book". There is nothing funny about a zombie ripping out a man's intestines or a gifted human with extraordinary abilities pushing a blazing comet away from earth thus preventing total destruction of our civilization. These are all fantasy experiences that thrill our imaginations. We will not laugh; we will gape in horror and expectation as if we are on a roller coaster ride at the crest of a rise and begin the rush downwards.
We should call comic books Illustrated Speculative Fiction or Exciting Graphic Tales. These are stories that entertain and education. There should be no more comic books. Instead there should be illustrated spec fiction that offers space operas, romance, mystery, sword and soul, steam funk and much more.
Graphic tales are a billion dollar industry on a global stage. Black creators need to be willing to redesign how their works are promoted to consumers.
I want no more comic books. No more Yuk, Yuk. I want images brought to life with stories that examine the extreme possibilities in our lives. Bring on the dystopias and how we can avoid them. Bring on the alien invasions that we can defeat by combining our resources. Bring me worlds were every human being is successful and happy if we are willing to defend our rights and engage new ideas. We can better our lives if we dream big. We must write big; but no more artificial laugh tracks.
Give me Uhuru big breasted, bare legs with her eyes flashing fire and her smile enticing. She is s genius. I want a new world to conquer. I am not laughing. I am serious. Together, we can transform the universe.
The goal of all Speculative Fiction is to enlighten and inspire as well as entertain and educate. This is not comic or funny. This is serious.
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