...If you remember when Rey and James were the super crazy uber superstars of VOID and everybody got wet when Rey was gonna be in a fight.
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YES! Mr. Robot, This is exactly the kind of debate and talk I want here!!!!
If I can add my two cents as well on the matter, I believe James has it right where it seems more comics on the web that have the video game, anime influenced rather then print (except tokyopop, â€œmangaâ€, etc)
I believe a big part of this trend is easily understood once you realize who is making these types of comics. From my point of view, it seems those who enjoy making these comics that are video game / anime obsessed are exactly that. They make comics about video games and anime because thatâ€™s what the artist is in too and where he gets his or hers â€œdynamicâ€ or main influence. Often these artist are very engaged with what I call â€œforum cultureâ€. They feel very comfortable posting and making art for the web and around others who share the same passion. Which in fact carries its own stigma. Its sad but true that youâ€™ll find more â€œyoungerâ€ artist posting for critics then you would more older artist with books. So naturally I believe the younger artist will produce more of this kind of video game, anime roled comics because thatâ€™s what there into, thats what they all like to a degree (or could, etc) Which of course nothing wrong with that, like mentioned its totally a product of our age and culture. Even artist in the 1950s drew because what they liked as children, etc, etc, etc.
Youâ€™ll find in some cases itâ€™s also a maturity thing (not in a negative way, like anyone is better than anyone, but more of a natural way) but hopefully as the artist grows older he will find himself exploring more than a borrowed video game culture. (This is a theory of mine, and it sounds confusing but Iâ€™ll use this little growth chart)
This could be how a comic maker would grow, totally random (not in all cases duh, you know what im talking about)
Into video games -> Japanese culture -> Japanese literature -> literature, etc, etc
Now that doesn't nesscairly mean he will never draw video game stuff, but hopefully it will be a little more then just typical video game / anime comic, because now instead of just making comics that are like video games and anime; the artist will understand what is behinde and what makes the video game or anime great! The face vaule is gone for the artist and now is ready to explore other elements in the video game comic, rathier then just making a guy with a big sword jump around, he will hopefully realize he loves the sword guy because he is a "classic hero" etc, etc.