Video games have always been my main thing. I enjoy everything from movies, to books, to anime, to comics, etc, but video games are the primary focus for me. To cut to the chase, I’ve seen games writing (including audio and video) take many shapes and forms over the course of my life, and looking at it today, you can find any number of excellent people on youtube, or waypoint, or wherever, who talk about games in interesting and/or meaningful ways. Even in terms of critique, there’s a whole language built up that feels very specifically tailored to it, and we have many writers looking to elevate the way that work is being done.
Though I don’t pay as much attention to them, I see lots of great stuff for film and animation as well. But what I don’t see, and this could very well just be my own lack of attention over the years, is that same kind of care and attention to craft being applied to comics. Who are the George Weidmans, Austin Walkers, and Mark Browns of comic books? Who are the people writing critically about this medium in a way that is thoughtful and interesting to engage with?
I’ve had a few books over the years. Do the Gods Wear Capes by Ben Saunders, and of course Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud are two that come to my mind, and I believe there are a few more books at least… but is that where all of it lives? In books? I very much doubt that.
This topic isn’t being made to say “Nobody is doing this thing! Why?!” It’s being made to ask, “Who is doing this stuff? Where can I find it?” I’m hoping that people on this board, people who engage with Waypoint and are familiar with this kind of writing, will know what I’m talking about, and maybe have some insight. I love comics, and I want to get deeper in to them, but I’ve been disappointed with what I’ve found online thus far, in terms of discussions. I want to see deep dives in to themes and messages of Ex Machina and Swamp Thing, and I want to see someone digging in to the medium of comics and what makes it special in relation to everything else.
Direction and recommendation is appreciated :]