Mask of the Phantasm

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Always a little conflicted by presentation choices made by the Straits Times in their comics coverage, where they favour photos of creators rather than artwork from the books.

You’d think that readers would be more likely to pick up a book if they had a better idea and imprint in their minds of what the cover or interior pages looked like.

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The existing model works for non-illustrated books, but comics is such a visual medium it seems odd to confine the images to small thumbnails (TV and Film I guess avoid that since you  can do both with a shot of the actor in a  scene).

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But maybe that’s wrongheaded, and in the context of limited space on a page (as opposed to the acreage afforded on websites), a focus on personalities does make sense. And probably we should all be grateful for any coverage at all, in this oversaturated world :p

Still: What  would make you more likely to buy a comic?

Anyway, buy an E-copy of The Shadow Hero this week, or get your pre-orders in! :p

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/comics-first-asian-american-superhero-679388

 

2 comments

  1. I agree with you, Sonny! Thankfully, I’ve been impressed by mainstream reads like USA Today and Wall Street Journal showing the art in the past year for Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, and Ms. Marvel.

  2. I guess I do want to see the creators behind the works at some level at some point, but it’s usually after I’ve read their comics… the work itself should be at the frontline I think, though I guess it’s all about what best helps sell the books at the end of the day :p

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