Been tinkering with the idea of a Monster Hunter monster version of Charizard. Maybe I’ll flesh this idea out more someday. You should pretend this this is like leaked concept art for Pokemonster Hunter if you show it to someone.
And here we are, the final character art before release.
Alexander Chen reminisces about studying with the inimitable Annie Dillard, who echoes Mark Twain’s contention that “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources,” Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that "our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” and young Virginia Woolf’s observation that "all the Arts … imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see.”
i hate to say it, but american comics culture is absolute crap. America and France basically invented comics as a medium, yet their current attitudes are completely different. Note this is mainly about print comics. Webcomics are an entirely different animal.
In America, comics are dominated by superheroes, to the point where its the first thing many people think of when the word comics is mentioned. Along with this, the huge, cancerous growth that are superhero comics is usually divided into the two camps of Marvel and DC. I say cancerous because the majority of popular comic releases in america are the superhero genre, stifling the emergence of other genres.
personally, while i find superhero comics entertaining the fact that mainstream comics have been shackled to two gigantic franchises with characters that are picked up, used, reused, recycled, abused, and neglected bothers me. I enjoy Batman, but every single change in the character is subject to retcon and no change can truly be considered permanent. The writing of DC and Marvel is a series of mosaics, some pieces shiny and attractive, while others are noticeably duller. I wouldnt care if this werent the majority, making stories with one creator, original characters and one story rare and backwards in America
However, from what ive seen of French comics culture, comics are treated as a medium, complex and different from novels, comparable with the difference between film and stage. There is no gargantuan franchises dominating the medium with stories of a specific genre or style. Graphic novels are much more common, and even with serial series with multiple books, single authors and single stories are common. This has allowed for a variety of story, artstyle, and tone present in french comics that is unlike anything american comics culture. it feels like the diversity present in novels, only with comics, which is great and fantastic and i love the sheer variety french comics present.
tl;dr Comics in america have lots of problems and could learn a lot from print comics culture present in other countries. I like French comics cause they arent shoehorned into “superhero” and “everything else” categories and are generally more widely popular and diverse in art and tone than american comics.