Welcome to Four Colors.
This blog is about one thing that I am extremely passionate about: comic books. The term “Four Colors” is from the original four colors used to print comics when they first were published: cyan, yellow, magenta and black. It has since become a pet name for the comic book and, with that in mind; I figured it would be a nice name for this new blog. To say I love comics is a tad bit of an understatement. I might forget to do homework, but I’ll never miss the new comics on Wednesday. I may forget the order of the presidents, but I can tell you the succession of the people who have been The Flash.
In fact, I’m so much of a nerd, that I’ve managed to get this blog started on a Wednesday, which is the day comics come out every week.
Comics have given me so much, so I feel that it is time to start giving something back. “Four Colors” is dedicated to exposing people who might otherwise be unaware of comics to what they have to offer and invite them to check out comics for themselves. This is a welcoming blog. While I can totally nerd out and hold my own with the greatest of comic book nerds, you won’t find much in the ways of geek speak.
I won’t be arguing who is stronger: The Hulk or The Thing (it’s the Hulk by the way) or who has done a better characterization of Batman: Frank Miller or Bruce Timm (its Bruce Timm, who was the creator of the great Batman cartoon show from the early 90s), but I will be talking about comics have to offer outside of the normal capes and cowls market. The nature of comic books is changing in this country. They are no longer merely child’s play, nor the sole reading material of the off-beat. They are, and have been for a long time, an art form and a growing commercial opportunity.
Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” won the Pulitzer. On top of being adapted into an awful (my nerd opinion) movie, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s “Watchmen” is on Time Magazine’s Top 100 Novels list. “The Dark Knight” is the #4 top grossing film of all-time and two of the Spider-Man films are in the Top 20. “Knight” also posthumously won Heath Ledger an Academy Award. And yet, comics as a whole are viewed as a niche market.
And while there are the stereotypical, male power fantasy books out there, there are also books like “Blankets,” a book I just read about author Craig Thompson dealing with growing up in a heavily Christian home and how that affected his first experience with love. There are books like “Ghost World,” about two counter-culture teenagers just trying to grow up in spite of being surrounded by morons, a feeling we can all understand. It was also adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Comics are one of the truly American art forms and this blog will be based on celebrating this unique way of story telling. See you in the funny pages.