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This is a bit amusing since I just started a four-part parody of the current Marvel situation. Brian Michael Bendis just raised the back hair of at least two of my favorite blogs over the weekend with some comments Robot 6 recently posted from Bendis’ Twitter feed. (Of course, this could just be a plot to get himself some more Twitter followers. Shows what he knows, since I don’t even follow the creators I like. 🙂 ) Mostly, it’s rant about what he calls “cut and paste” blogging. And it looks like the Spotlight qualifies, but I would like to defend at least myself.

So what IS cut/paste blogging?

Cut and paste blogging is cut and pastes from an article from another source… then adding a line of comment & signing their name to it.

I don’t even do that with History of the Power Rangers (although Lewis does do all the hard work on that and just allows me to add my ramblings after the video). Let’s look more into his original comment. (Or whatever you call those posts on Twitter. I don’t use the service.)

comics as an art form is in fantastic shape. the only things missing? thoughtful longform investigative journalism and critique. all we get nowadays are knee-jerk reviews and cut and paste blogging. which I have no problem with but it’s ALL we get.

What worries me is that all his sentences in the quote (unless this is Robot 6’s fault) are lacking in any capital letters outside of stressing “ALL” and the “I” pronoun. Maybe it’s a Twitter things. Like I said, no clue. Anyway, when I “cut and paste” it’s usually because I want to reply to the specific comment or think you, my 100+ readers (somehow we’ve gotten that high, go me…and bring some of that love to The Clutter Reports sometime, if you would be so kind 😉 ) should read the actual comment–in context, of course–then I post it. The same goes for videos, like MarzGurl’s Anime News Editorials. They’re part of the article, not the actual article.

on a slow news week like this one I would love to see some of our better reporters rolling up her sleeves and helping the medium thrive. even reviews of trade paperbacks and graphic novels have seemed to have fallen by the wayside even though the sales are crazy large.

I review a comic almost every day, occasionally twice when I drop a “Scanning My Collection” article (although I’m trying to include my DVDs in that), and will probably sneak a few of those into The Clutter Reports. I don’t collect trades regularly because I prefer to promote the “classic” comic format. (To me graphic novels should be reserved for stories that can’t be told in the longform periodical format, not to collect stories that have already been told. That’s what comics USED to be, only those were comic strips in book form. It feels like a step backward.) I do review a graphic novel when I can get through it (maybe I should start doing them in a “Chapter by Chapter” format or something–nah).

I’m not a “reporter”. The closest I come is the Weekly Wrap-Up, and to be honest I only do that as a bid to push Jake & Leon, which was originally created to open the weekly comic review article before it went daily. If I have to use a title, I’d have to go with opinion writer and/or critic. I don’t report on events, I respond to them. (And link to a news site or other opinion writer that led me to that article.) I review comics, web series, intros, old shows, and on the other site toys and video games. You’ll find that outside of sites like Comic Book Resources or Newsarama, that’s often the case in the blogosphere. Even Jake & Leon is just an opinion piece in comic strip form.

you’ll forgive me but I think that a snarky pseudo-hip attitude towards mainstream comics is uninteresting. if you’re a cut-and-paste blogger or comics journalist and I just annoyed the %$#! out of you… prove me wrong.

I leave snark to the experts like Linkara and Snell, neither of whom are “pseudo-hip” (although I think Snell has brought up “Super Hip” a few times 😀 ). I take a more critical analysis outside of the strip and nobody would ever accuse me of being any kind of “hip”, nor do I waste my time trying. Speaking of Snell, he had his own response as far as “snarky” and “hip” are concerned, which you can read on your own. I will, however, end with a line by Ari Green over at Four Color Media Monitor.

I miss amazing heroes and for clarification I go to almost every cut-and-paste comics blog

Look who’s talking! He misses amazing heroes? Well then why doesn’t he just prove he can help them make a convincing comeback with plausible character focus included, and not just ruin superhero comics as he’s done with the Avengers for more than 5 years now?

He’s got a point. You’re creating these heroes every time you write a story, Brian. It’s your fault if they aren’t “amazing”.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

3 responses »

  1. Actually, “Amazing Heroes” refers to a publication from way back in the day that covered the comic book industry.

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  2. Menshevik says:

    That’s the problem with not capitalizing stuff. What Bendis is missing is the magazine “Amazing Heroes”, which back in the 1980s set a very high standard for thoughtful, longform critiques of mainstream comics. But I guess it is just too much to expect from the blogosphere to remember that.

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