Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Conversing On Comics: Chris Arrant Talking With - Chris Roberson

"The original incarnation of Monkeybrain was as a sci-fi prose novel publisher, and Reign sees you returning to those sci-fi roots – albeit at Image. How do you feel about the state of science fiction in comics today? It’s good, could be better? I think that science fiction and fantasy are arguably healthier in American comics than they’ve been in some time, with the success of things like Saga, Prophet, Multiple Warheads, and if you extend the definitions a bit, even things like Atomic Robo and Sixth Gun. Of course, I think that there could always be more variety and diversity, so I’m always hoping that more cool sci-fi/fantasy comics come along. Probably for the same reason that mysteries or romance or epic fantasy haven’t done better. Science fiction comics used to be much more common, coincidentally at the same periods in which mysteries and romance and fantasy were more common. But for much of the last few decade, superheroes have dominated the American comics market. Of course, there were lots of superhero comics with science-fictional elements (as well as elements of mystery, romance, etc.). I think what we’re seeing now is those genre boundaries eroding even more than they ever have in the past, for a large number of reasons, and as a result we’re seeing a lot more variety when it comes to the kinds of comics people are making." 4 out of 5 http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/05/conversing-on-comics-with-chris-roberson/