Posts tagged with ‘comics’
Personally, I like paper and ink better than glowing pixels, but to each his own. Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing. I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money. I’m old enough to find all this unsettling, but the world moves on. All the new media will inevitably change the look, function, and maybe even the purpose of comics, but comics are vibrant and versatile, so I think they’ll continue to find relevance one way or another. But they definitely won’t be the same as what I grew up with.
— Bill Watterson, creator, Calvin and Hobbes, in an interview with Mental Floss.
Comics journalism is nothing new. Comics book artists such as Joe Sacco, Ted Rall, Joe Kubert, and others have been telling nonfiction stories using sequential art for years. But with the saturation of online news, and editors’ growing interest in both user experience and attracting younger audiences, comics journalism has slowly been making its way to traditional news outlets and is currently enjoying a renaissance in both creative energy and popularity. Symbolia has embraced the Web from the start, publishing stories that mix audio, visual, and interactive elements to create a unique form of storytelling.