I am a lucky man.
There are many reasons why I can say that and the way the world is at the moment, there are even more than there were before. But the main reason I say this today is because of my wife. I have been married to the MIGHTY Rosie for over a decade and despite our differences, we have been able to share many interests.
One of the ones we don’t really share to the same intensity is comics. Now she has always been supportive of my hobby, to the extent she even helped sort out accommodation and tickets for my trip to Thought Bubble last year. A couple of times she’s even taken a few trades from time to time and enjoyed them.
About 18 months ago, I started a project on TV that blossomed into the blog Pilot Era which is a look at first episodes of TV shows. The origins of this led to some fascinating late night conversations. It was that sort of conversation fodder that we’re looking for here. . So we were talking about something in that vein. So hence we have Fabulous First Issue. The plan is for the MIGHTY Rosie to be assigned a comic and to tell me what she liked and didn’t and see what comes from that. As always I have a format, in this case 11 questions.
Question 1: Have you heard of this property before? She has seen many shows and movies based on comics, so often there will be pre-existing knowledge of many of these characters and concepts.
Question 2: What were you expecting? How informed by that pre-existing knowledge are you coming to this first issue?
Question 3: What did you think of the cover? The axiom is “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Yes, yes you can, that’s what the cover is for and comics fall into that category even more so than books.
Question 4: What did you think of the story? I would like to think that this needs little explanation.
Question 5: What did you think of the art? Comics are a visual medium and the art is fundamental in your enjoyment of it.
Question 6: What did you think of the dialogue? This is going to be interesting, since older comics have older style dialogue and that can often be stilted and unnatural.
Question 7: Does it make sense? The litmus test of a good comic, can it be followed easily or are you scratching your head by page 11?
Question 8: Was it accessible as a new reader? No issue 1 should be anything but accessible to a new reader, do you feel you have missed anything that costs you enjoying this comic?
Question 9: Did you enjoy it? The goal of every comic is to provide enjoyment/entertainment and if not, well the comic has failed.
Question 10: Would you read the next issue? The goal of issue 1 is to sell issue 2 and beyond, does this comic do that?
Question 11: What would you do differently? This is the conversation starter, how would someone less steeped in comic history and tradition look at what this comic was doing?
Well we are almost ready to start. I have some comics selected already, but there are no real requirements beyond it being a 1st, either a 1st appearance or a 1st issue. However I welcome anyone’s input and look forward to what may be some great conversations and hopefully some interesting posts.
I cannot believe that I have got her to willingly read whatever comic I give her, wish her luck.