Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Chromium Age, ______?

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This comes out of a twitter conversation with Matt. What is the post-Chromium Age? Is it over, or soon to be? I think we need to get in front of the curve and lock down a term for this age of corporate synergy and dwindling actual sales.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 7 June 2012 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

Decompression Age? Helium Age?

Trey Imaginary Songz (WmC), Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:04 (eleven years ago) link

silicon era

the late great, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:05 (eleven years ago) link

wasn't there a mylar age in there somewhere?

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:07 (eleven years ago) link

Wikipedia only has Golden/Silver/Bronze/Modern. I though Chromium was accepted as the post-Death In The Family through whenever. I don't know when this current phase started - when was Ultimates? 2002? I feel like there was a recovery in both companies in the early part of the decade, and newer writers/artists came to the fore. Then the parent companies saw the characters as licensing opportunities not an end in themselves, which makes this seem like End Times.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:38 (eleven years ago) link

Is it over, or soon to be?

Until the ridiculous cover variant thing ends, I think we're still stuck in it.

seven league bootie (James Morrison), Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:41 (eleven years ago) link

Do individual comics have long-term (or even short-term) value for collectors anymore? Is there a market for individual issues, regardless of cover, if it came out in the last 5-10 years? Everything's collected in a trade every 6 issues.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:44 (eleven years ago) link

celluloid age

the late great, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:46 (eleven years ago) link

oooh, I like.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:47 (eleven years ago) link

nearly the digital age, but that's what's next.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:48 (eleven years ago) link

it would be very very strange for comics to transition into digital while still being comics and not say, not-very-interactive video games.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:52 (eleven years ago) link

thought the whole collecting comics for value thing died in the late 90s after the early 90s multiple covers / huge event issues speculation bubble burst

the late great, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:53 (eleven years ago) link

i don't know, i read comics on my ipad all the time

the late great, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:53 (eleven years ago) link

they'll be on web and tablets, in paper-like sizes with pointless bells and whistles optional. The floppy single issue of superhero adventure time is going to become economically unfeasible before long. They don't sell enough, even at $4 or $5 each.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:54 (eleven years ago) link

like i know online newspapers are starting to get all hypertexted out (esp the ones that are web-based to begin with) but it seems like people still read not very interactive books too

the late great, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:55 (eleven years ago) link

wtf paper comics cost $5 now?!?

the late great, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:56 (eleven years ago) link

I think most are in the $2.99 - $3.99. I think the recent DC annuals are $4.99

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:58 (eleven years ago) link

but why would you read adventure time the comic book on your ipad when you can just watch adventure time? (for presumably the same or less $)

Philip Nunez, Friday, 8 June 2012 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

Different stories. I dig the show and get the comic for my daughter. She eats up both.

This may, however, not always be the case.

Four dollar floppies would be the name for the punk band I'll never start. Such a ridiculous idea. At that price they're not disposable entertainment. Though some of the bigger publishers are getting smart and making their trade collections reflect a 6 dollar per issue single issue price (and not just matching the cover price.)

Matt M., Friday, 8 June 2012 00:42 (eleven years ago) link

well this is gonna sound corny but i generally prefer reading to watching tv or playing video games and i figure at least one in ten kids feels the same way

the late great, Friday, 8 June 2012 00:50 (eleven years ago) link

did someone seriously just ask what the difference is between comics and video/TV

retro-shittified (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 8 June 2012 02:05 (eleven years ago) link

but why would you read adventure time the comic book on your ipad when you can just watch adventure time?

I dunno if the show is even on here at all but Michael DeForge did a back-up story in one issue of the comic

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Friday, 8 June 2012 02:36 (eleven years ago) link

Just a quick FYI: I said "Superhero adventure time" and meant it as short hand for the dominant subject matter of the industry. Not "Adventure Time" which I know about but have never seen nor read, or thought to do either.

But hey, the Adventure Time talk has kept the thread going when The Sclerotic Age talk wasn't that interesting.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 8 June 2012 02:40 (eleven years ago) link

Pope's doing a story too. Plenty of talented cartoonists have worked on it. It's not a regular kind of licensed book. More like STRANGE TALES (the alt/Marvel anthology) without the constant feeling of sniggering at the source material.

Matt M., Friday, 8 June 2012 02:41 (eleven years ago) link

yeah the adventure time comic pulls a lot of unexpected talent, same as simpsons comics -- maybe that's an even better test case.
why would you read simpsons comics on an ipad when for the same or lower price you could watch a simpsons episode? (even with the caveat that recent simpsons comics are probably better written than simpsons tv.)

i really don't think major studio digital emulations of comics will survive past major studio print comics in any meaningful sense in the same way that konami doesn't make NES titles anymore, although many people still play the old ones on emulators, etc...

Philip Nunez, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

Tom Herpich is on the Adventure Time team too... he published two very awesome and promising magazine-size comics in the first half of the 90s and then went to off to do animation etc...

Though some of the bigger publishers are getting smart and making their trade collections reflect a 6 dollar per issue single issue price (and not just matching the cover price.)

And therefore 6 dollars for each 5 minutes of reading time. Blegh.

milk of the puppy (Jon Lewis), Friday, 8 June 2012 17:46 (eleven years ago) link

cbz age

“Argh!” I cry. But I really don’t care. (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 10 June 2012 18:14 (eleven years ago) link

wait, people are increasing the trades so they cost more per issue than the pamphlets? that's weird

thomp, Sunday, 10 June 2012 18:23 (eleven years ago) link

Yes and no. Perceptions of permanence/form, etc. I could make a lot of arguments that trade collections have been underpriced for some time (if I was purely a moneygrubbing asshole, that is.)

Matt M., Monday, 18 June 2012 03:59 (eleven years ago) link


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