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Geek.com: Breaking Down Image Comics’ Genres Within Genres

Geek.com's Tres Dean wrote an article about an Image Comics panel I was on discussing genre in comic books at Book Expo America 2018.

Excerpts:

"After some brief introductions, Alverson got the conversation underway by observing that each creator had described their work as falling within the realm of different genres, be it queer romance or superhero. Haspiel countered, suggesting that superheroes encompass many genres, be it crime or speculative fiction. He argued that fights and superpowers aren’t what dictate the genre, which Soule quickly pointed out very much is a genre in and of itself. Those kinds of stories do exist, and should."

"This led to a discussion about art influencing the perception of genre. Haspiel recalled drawing a Harvey Pekar graphic novel and being called out for his style looking too “superhero”-esque."

"Haspiel touched on that, discussing how years and years of early superhero comics dictated the perceived genre of superhero comics and that this is present in any genre and in any art form. It takes, as Haspiel suggested, something bold like the Run-DMC/Aerosmith collaboration to blur the lines and shift perceptions. “We have that latitude now,” he stated."

"As the conversation progressed, Haspiel said that he feels genre is something of a promise to a reader, comparing it to a Chekhov’s Gun equivalent: if you introduce a gun in a scene, it has to go off. Similarly, if your story is marketed as a horror story or a superhero comic, there are certain things that you are promising that have to happen."

"Of the panelists, Haspiel’s work most frequently defies or blends genre. Haspiel talked about effectively playing DJ, mixing and matching bits and pieces of genres he likes in his work, creating something unique to his perspective out of those smaller parts. He said he tends to shirk from the straightforward genre, citing an offer years ago to pitch Hulk: Noir for Marvel and coming up short. Later though, when given more freedom with genre, he came up with the Wood God story for Marvel’s Strange Tales."

"Haspiel brought up an earlier comment by Alverson, who said that she doesn’t care for science fiction, and suggested that the film Arrival is a great example of one that defies its roots in sci-fi and becomes something greater."

Read the entire article here: https://www.geek.com/comics/breaking-down-image-comics-genres-within-genres-1744617/
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