I created this blog as an assignment for the couse LIS 518.
My Read & React Review of Rosberg’s Article “Self-published Comics Are Changing an Aging Industry – For the Better”
Rosberg, C. (2016, June 30). Self-published comics are changing an aging industry—for the better. The A.V. Club. Retrieved from http://www.avclub.com/article/self–publishedcomics–are–changing–aging–industry—238613
Rosberg (2016) provides an overview of the self-publisher vs. large (corporate) publisher dichotomy within the comics industry, highlighting obstacles and imbalances that self-publishers and small (independent) publishers face, and describing self-publishing as gaining momentum and reshaping the industry in a way that is serving up very real challenges to publishing giants such as DC Comics, Inc. and Marvel Comics.
A critique of established systems of recognition and awards within the comics industry is Rosberg’s catalyst for discussion. She describes some structural aspects that underpin the prestigious Eisner Awards’ failure to respond to the challenges that self-publishers and small publishers level within the industry; Namely, that nominations systems and voting systems are biased towards large corporate publishers, undermining their inclusion of / relevance for the growing market share of creators and audiences outside the mainstream (Rosberg, 2016).
This is a project website I created as an assignment for my LIS 518 course on comics and graphic novels:
Gordon, J. (2012, September 21). Director’s commentary: The book of the five rings [Weblog post]. Retrieved from http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2012/directors-commentary-the-book-of-five-rings/
Gordon’s (2012) post on Forbidden Planet International’s blog presents commentary from creator (writer) Sean Michael Wilson regarding his work on a manga adaption of rōnin Miyamoto Musashi’s The Book of the Five Rings (circa 1640), a discourse on Samurai culture and martial arts philosophy. References to contemporary Western works, such as Star Wars’ Jedi Order, link Samurai asceticism and fighting style to a context familiar to many (most) contemporary readers (Gordon, 2012), and demonstrate the breadth and continuity of Musashi’s influence in translations of Samurai ontology across time and artistic media. Wilson characterizes the Samurai as an ‘artistic warrior’, integrating Zen practice through martial arts, painting, calligraphy and poetry (Gordon, 2012).