Digital comics: Welcome to the club
As comics become more mainstream, digital platforms trade mystique for accessibility.
You know the stereotype: Comic book stores are full of unkempt white guys, staring creepily if anyone different walks in.
Though there are plenty of women creating and reading comics, the exaggerated picture we get from comedies like “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Simpsons” does have some truth to it: Men have largely dominated comics culture, and fans often resist perceived outsiders. Successful comics creator Noelle Stevenson once posted a cartoon about being treated as if she didn’t belong in comics shops, saying, “I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics.”
Even a friendly comics shop or fan group can be intimidating. With digital comics – bought online to read on tablets, laptops and phones – you cut straight to the goodies, no cultural induction required. You don’t have to deal with anyone’s opinion on whether you should be reading something you love. And now that both smartphones and superhero stories are everywhere, digital platforms are throwing the gate wide open for more kinds of readers to wander in.
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July 21, 2016 at 05:29AM