I suppose, in a way, we are all just products of our influences.
Wow, that was pretty deep for a Friday.
In all seriousness though, as the world of not just comics but pop culture itself gets bigger and bigger it actually does become more daunting to come up with something “original.” I think that’s why stories that are based around concepts we’ve never seen before do so well. By the same token, there’s nothing wrong with paying homage to what’s come before. I mean, in comics where would we be today without the revamping of certain Silver Age concepts?
I figure as long as you’re not outright copying something or blatantly trying to rip someone off, then taking the foundations of what’s there and building on them is a noble pursuit. Even in terms of Gutters, I see old MAD and PANIC comics as our great-grandfather. We have much cooler book covers, but still, it’s an easy connection to make.
And speaking of connections, it’s friday, which means we connect with a guest writer! This week we turn to up-and-comer Mike Moreci of Hoax Hunters fame:
Michael Moreci’s comic series, Hoax Hunters, has jumped from the pages of Hack/Slash to its own series with Image Comics, starting in March 2012. His debut graphic novel, Quarantined, was released through Markosia in 2011. Reincar(Nate), a mini-series, will be digitally released soon with Viper Comics. His shorter comic work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in The Reading With Pictures anthology, FutureQuake, Something Wicked, Accent UK’s Victoriana anthology, and The Sleepless Phoenix anthology. His prose fiction has been featured, or is forthcoming in, A Twist of Noir, Kiss Machine, Popcorn Fiction, Pulp Modern, and Needle Magazine. In 2010, he was nominated for a Spinetingler Award. Michael currently lives in Chicago with his wife, son, and dog.
And to put pictures to the words, Devmalya Pramanik:
Devmalya Pramanik is a 22 year-old artist from India. He has been drawing for most of his life and got his first comic book project when he was 18. Sadly, it wasnt published. However, his next project was from level 10 comics on a project called “Daksh”. Ever since, Dev has worked with publishers in India and on occassion with publishers from outside India.
Have a great weekend, everyone! See you back here Monday!