Geez, this week DC gave us enough material to spawn about a month’s worth of Gutters pages. 3D covers, quadruple-shipping books and MOTHERF&CKING DECIMAL points are all well and good, but when they crossed the line of Choose Your Own Adventure books, even my hands were thrown up in the air.
To me this kind of thing, especially when coupled with the motion and sound effects, begins the discussion of “when does a comic stop being a comic start being an experiment in animation?” It’s great that DC is attracting all kinds of new readers with digital first comics and different initiatives, but don’t you want to expose those people to what’s great about comics and sequential story telling? Instead of giving them something totally new that doesn’t really represent what it’s all about.
What this feels like to me is the digital comics medium jumping right to the 90’s Gimmick model and bypassing what could be a great medium to get people reading comics. I don’t even care if they don’t read them in print. I just like seeing new people getting excited about the characters I know and love, but if they are changing the game before it even starts, what’s the point?
Who knows, maybe these DC Squared stories will be really interesting and broaden the way we all experience comics. I’m pretty sure that’s what they were going for with Marvel’s AR app and I know we all use that on a daily basis, right?
Today’s options have been presented to us by Ian Navarro:
Ian Navarro is an aspiring comic book artist, born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Currently, Ian is working as a freelance artist and illustrator. He attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, majoring in visual communications.
Have a great weekend everyone! We’ll see you back here Monday!