2018 Comics and the Landscape

Hello guys,

Whats good readers?

Welcome to my blog! I will be going over various news about comics and conventions here! If you are new, welcome. If you are a returning reader I appreciate the fact that you have stopped by. One thing I want to let you guys know, I’ll be at the MCM Comic Con. One of my latest projects has been in the gaming sphere. Nowadays I see a majority of the kids flocking towards online video games. I have a passion for comics so I want to make sure I can influence as many kids as possible to keep the art form alive. By attending these events I can meet various fans of these games and see if they are interested in expanding their knowledge. I usually go to these conventions and give kids various comics from my collections. This way I’m sure I can pass the passion that I once had to the new generation.

While I’m at these conventions sometimes it really impresses me with how far technology and latest animation progress has taken us. When I am an older guy in a flock of youngsters, some wearing extremely detailed and byzantine. It amazes constantly amazes me that what was once thought to be seemingly lifelike now can be replicated to a more accurate extent in cosplay costumes. One of the games that seems to have the most attention of kids these days appears to be League of Legends. This game was a direct adaptation from the popular game Dota 2. League of Legends gave rise to the new genre in video games where development studios strayed from hyper-realistic design to a more cartoony style of design. I honestly really like this change because it reminds me of the early days of comic books. By seeing the increasing prevalence of images that remind me of the golden days of comics I feel like this is a new community that I can engage myself with. While League of Legends consistently set viewing records for online streams and championed the popularity of E-sports, as all games eventually die we now see a new era of online multi player experiences.

While I’m at the conventions I can first hand see the rapid changes in preferences of the community. Just last year the vast majority of the cosplayers came in outfits that resembled characters from Dota 2 and League of Legends, but this year I’ve seen an increase in convention goers starting to dress up as characters from popular games like Fortnite and PUBG. The convergence of people mixing their interests from PC gaming to console gaming has produced a more cohesive community where all participants can share their love for animation, gaming, and lore. These days I really question the direction of comics in the near future. The growth rate of the viewers and participants in the comics community continues to decrease steadily. How can we as a community incorporate the art that we love into modern and popular culture? This is a very difficult question and the way that we address this issue will be how we sustain our user base. Unless we change the way we interact with the new generation I see the continued decline comic appreciation.

 

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