Sunday, September 16, 2007

Love for Comic Foundry

Have you guys checked out the new magazine, Comic Foundry? I really love it. And here's why:

1. It's completely unpretentious, and perfect for new comic readers. It is in no way snobby, and recommends comics that most serious readers already know about and have read several times. It's a perfect thing to give someone who is just getting into comics.

2. It also appeals to long-time fans, with lots of fun little features about our favourite artists and writers. (Kubert vs Kubert! Michael Kupperman's Favourite Jokes! Brian K Vaughan's recommended reading!)

3. Everything in it is short, which appeals to my very short attention span, shared by many comic book readers.

4. The 'Behind the Curtain' feature, where they take pictures of a creator's workspace. Do I want to know what DVDs Brian Wood owns? Yes I do.

5. It has great, creative ideas, like a fashion spread where the models replicate famous comic covers.

6. I saw several things that I would like to buy.

7. It has a nice balance between super hero, indie and manga.

8. Matt Fraction writes for it.

9. There's an interview with Kristen Bell!

10. It's less a magazine about comics, than a magazine about comic fans.

11. It's an alternative to Wizard (and, as they say on their cover, one cent cheaper!)

I recommend checking it out. It's fun, and makes me feel like part of a cool community, where Wizard makes me feel too old for comic books.

You can also check it out online.


grendel25 said...

I liked it too for the same reasons. I also liked the "Where are they Now" segment. I always wonder what happens to comic creators when they're not doing comics any longer.

dave howlett said...

Yes! I've wanted somebody to do a feature like that for years, and I was so happy to see it in the first issue. Great magazine all around. I want it to succeed so bad--the industry really needs a middle ground between the hypey, self-promoting, Bendis-blowing, T and A of Wizard and the high-falutin', mainstream-dissin', negativity-spewin' of the Comics Journal. It's pretty likely that anyone who enjoys this blog would totally be into Comic Foundry.

rachelle said...

Wizard makes it seem like all comic readers are whiny, immature jerks. And that's only mostly true.

chrishaley said...

I haven't been able to find that magazine anywhere.
Is there some kind of trick I don't know?

rachelle said...

You should ask for it at your local comic shop! That's the only way it's gonna get popular!

Derek said...

That's what I had to do.

When I asked, the guys behind the counter had no idea what I was talking about and (perhaps rightly) thought I was describing Comics Journal. But they went ahead and put it on my pull list and I got it a few weeks later.

And yes, it is nice to have a mag that doesn't talk down to you or make you feel like a creep for reading it.

Tiina said...

Kristen Bell says bad swears in her interview! Coooooool!