Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

(Sp)reading Digital Comics Essay

Posted by taylorbelcher on April 12, 2017

In the reading “(Sp)reading Digital Comics” by Geoffrey Long, I thought it was fun to read about something that I am interested in but don’t really know a whole lot about. I have been a fan of the superheroes and villains from both DC and Marvel since I was a child because I grew up watching the animation tv shows and movies. However, I’ve only read about 5 comic books in my entire life. When Long says, “Sharing, recommendation, drillability, and vast narrative complexity were all part of our everyday lives long before we could even drive.” I found this really fascinating because he was talking about being a kid in the 80s, but we still see sharing, recommendations, and drillability in the world today, it’s just more digital. Speaking of becoming more digital in today’s world, I did learn something new. I had no idea that “webcomics” were a thing and that they have forums where fans can “chat and bicker and share their favorite comics with one another.” I thought that was pretty cool. Also, this essay mentions that “merchandise is itself…an agent of spreadability.” It talks about T-shirts and how when people wear certain tees, it allows them to “affiliate themselves with a favorite comic and thus proselytize to anyone who takes notice.” When the essay mentions that when J. D. Frazer needed a break from his webcomic, it says he “posted six dialogue-free strips and invited his fans to take their best shot.” When I read this, I thought about how we discussed meaningful participation in class. 


4 Responses to “(Sp)reading Digital Comics Essay”

  1. vene131 said

    Webcomics are actually becoming really popular on a lot of social media sites like Tumblr. You can find a webcomic that relates to just about anything you want nowadays. I think they are becoming almost as popular as regular comics because they are easier to access for people.

  2. faythleighann said

    I also focused on this article for my blog and found the same basic point to be interesting. I saw Webcomics as an outlet to adapt to the modern tech-savy culture we are today, while staying true to the basic principles of earlier comics. The fact that one illustrator openly gave the fans a strip to create themselves showed the emphasis on audience participation.

  3. marylennoxhalf said

    After reading your point about webcomics, I did research on them myself. It is an interesting part of media, and how it has becoming more popular on other sites.

  4. jasendavis said

    I think everything on social media that isn’t narrative on personal goings-on is some sort of fan engagement. Supporting a show, product or person is social media in a nutshell.

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