Monday, June 7, 2010

Comic, and Reflections of Nostalgia

Heyo, almost forgot to update, but here's pages 5-6 of Ghosts of Samsara:

I miss trains, really. I know City of Cards isn't supposed to be set in Japan, but I loved riding the trains while I lived there. Frankly, that was half the reason I went to the city or visited friends was just so I could get on a train or a subway.

Nostaglia: The Anthology

I've tried to remain objective when I look at the shifts and trends in modern popular culture, but just as we lament the struggle and demise of the comic anthology in classes here, I find myself personally lamenting the demise of the television anthology series.

Shows like the Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and all the various Playhouse series were amazing in the amount of talent created out of them as well as their capacity for experimentation in narrative and film. I've watched the Masters of Horror and Science Fiction series that came out and I wish that this format were as popular nowadays as it used to be.

I like to seek out these kinds of shows when I can but it just seems a shame that it's just not part of this current media generation as much as it was when I was a kid. Series like Masters of Science Fiction, calling upon some of the greatest science fiction minds of the last several decades, show the formats potential for actors, writers, and directors to tell stories that leave viewers with a quick insight into big possibilities and questions about the human condition without making up the viewers mind for them. It's like the short story versus the novel, and sometimes the poem versus the novel, and longer just isn't always better.

Not to say there aren't lots of new, great things being done, primarily through the internet because there's a lot less censorship and red tape. Heck, that's the reason I'm able to publish my comics online! Homemade review shows, sketch comedy, even serial dramas are being made by dedicated fans and artists are just some of what's out there. I'd like to see the anthology get some new life in the next couple of decades.

On that note, I'll end this ramble with a link to some great indie music I found while browsing b3ta: In The Hills, The Cities by James Edge and The Mindstep


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