|Proof of Karma?|
In fact, Frankenstein is one of the best examples of the old cliche of "playing god" since, if you pay attention, all of the things that happened there in were touched on at least once in the bible. The key difference was that, for the first time, the powerful force in question was not a deity or magic but rather a natural force of nature. Science and magic were interchangeable for that story and the same can be said for many of the stories to follow. As the old saying goes: any suitably advanced technology will appear no different from magic.
|Guys, it's just an iPad|
While the book industry is in some notable troubles and are struggling to find their footing in the digital age - the comic book industry is in something that people on the inside consider to be a death spiral. It's been on their lips for some time and spoken of in conventions as recently as this month when a panel declared they believed the superhero genre was dying.
|Though it'll probably resurrect in time to promote the movie|
Disagree? Consider their origins.
In the 1930s there was a thriving comic book and comic strip industry with a variety of stories being published covering just about every genre you could imagine. During this time, a comic came out featuring the adventures of a man raised in the jungle using his wits, cunning and connection with the jungle to fight the forces of evil such as black magic, pirates and wild beasts. With the help of his animal friends and friendly natives he acts as the protector of the jungle. Was it Tarzan? No, it was The Phantom.
The Barsoom series followed John Carter, a man transported to a world distant from his birthplace and living among people who appear similar to him but live in a drastically different environment. Thanks to being on an alien world drastically different to his birthplace, John Carter is given superhuman powers such as immense strength and agility. Using these powers, he defends the natives of this new world from hostile forces. Sound familiar? It should.
taken from him by the editor and the artist who agreed that there needed to be "action on every page". That title has now been cancelled and has become another statistic to be added to the pile of failed projects in that industry.
The market has a tendency for natural selection, if you adapt to your environment you thrive, if you don't, you die. For instance, women have been a driving factor in a lot of the major successes of the book industry in the past decade and are a growing demographic in the comic book and graphic novel market. Knowing this, look at the picture below and see if you can understand what might be wrong with the "genre" at the moment.
Well, at first.
And what have I contributed to the evolution of the art form? My books! Buy please:)