Welcome to what I am calling “Season 2” of Four Colors.
I haven’t posted on the blog since July. Since Comic Con, I’ve been on radio silence and to be honest, I’ve kept it that way on purpose. I’ve needed to reflect and rethink what this blog means and what it should be about. As I was writing my experiences at Comic Con, it seemed like every news outlet that could was reporting every angle I could have used. Pretty soon, I was left with no new ground to cover. And really had to question the value of the post, and by extension, the value of the blog. It’s an honest question. Every source of media is going to have to discover its value in the coming years and I had to do that here. With much bigger journalists covering a show they have much more access to, what purpose does Four Colors serve?
And the answer is no purpose.
In the grand scheme of things, Four Colors really has no point to it when it comes to covering the movements of the heavy hitters of comics. When the New York Times has Joe Quesada a phone call away, its hard to compete. The Los Angeles Times has a blog about comics, on top of the fact that they are in the center of the Hollywood community that’s putting together the various comic book movie franchises. Even Newsarama can get Grant Morrison to do an interview about “Batman, Inc.” So when everyone can cover the big events, what can my blog do except cover them secondhand and discuss the series through only my own senses and feelings. But as this new reality set in, I had a single moment of clarity. I realized what this could be about:
Well, not really (I like Lex and can’t wait for Kid Beowulf vs. El Cid, but I doubt that blog would last, especially when Lex has his own site, which he personally updates). But it would be about the people like Lex, the people trying to make comics their living or just act on the passion inside themselves. The people right here in the North Bay and beyond who aren’t the comic book staples that Geoff Johns or Brian Michael Bendis are.
There are plenty of people in the area, in your neighborhood, who are attempting to get their work out there to a larger audience. People like Paige Braddock, who has been doing her strip, “Jane’s World” for over a decade now. Or bring attention to Darick Robertson, a Sonoma County resident and co-creator of “Transmetropolitan” and “The Boys.” This area is teaming with comic book activity and this blog could be putting a voice to that. So, we switch gears.
From time to time, I’ll still toss out opinions on current books. And I still want to write up about my current favorites, “The Unwritten” and the aforementioned “The Boys,” as well as put into words how much I love “Preacher” and “Wanted,” but those are no longer the focus. It’s about the people who would otherwise not be able to get their work out there. So this place will aim to be the mouth piece of all the great, unrecognized work in the Bay Area.
I think of my posts for Lex and “Kid Beowulf.” And the post for “Kill Shakespeare,” as well as the chance to get to know creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. I think about my continuing relationship with :01 Second Books, as well as my growing one with IDW Publishing. I think about the chance I got to meet Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, two artists that I would not have taken a chance on if not for this blog. One of my favorite posts was my main WonderCon piece. It was my first time getting into a convention as the press, but I ended the blog with a huge list of links of all the people I had met at the con. People whose work deserves greater exposure and this blog acted as one outlet for them to see their work get out into the world. There is a lot to still be exposed to. A lot of good work that is going unnoticed. That is the power that I now see in this blog. And if there is anything that I’ve learned from comics, its that “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.”
So, the blog has a new focus. We have a new heading and plenty to explore. Welcome to Season 2.