And there is nothing more embarrassing and ridiculous than cliche-ridden badly done hard boiled crime like Mickey Spillane (OK, it’s kinda funny), Bones (yikes!), Fatal Attraction (GAH!) and sadly I could go on and on.
The essential ingredients needed to produce quality crime writing are a consistent and believable tone, a fully developed central character/narrator and solid cast of supporting characters that allow you to suspend your disbelief until the final page is turned.
In recent years there have been a number of successful crime series in comics–(Darwyn Cooke’s Hunter adaptations, Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets and Warren Ellis’ Fell ) and quite a few crime comics that fall headlong into cliche (the last four Sin City GNs).
One of today’s most popular crime series is Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. For February’s Discussion Group we’ll be looking closely at two of Criminal’s story-arcs and examining what makes the stories work. How do the writer and artist avoid cliches or how do they use them to enhance the story? How do the creators use the comic medium to their unique advantage versus a prose writer or film director treating the same material?
Please plan to join us on Saturday February 18th at 1:00pm down at Heroes Headquarters and help us get the facts straight about Criminal: Bad Night and Criminal: The Last of the Innocent. Just leave yer pieces at home, but bring an open mind along with an air-tight alibi (See??? Bad Crime writing is a breeze!!!).
As usual, Heroes is offering the Discussion Group 10% Discount on both books, Just remember to mention the Discussion Group as you check out. We’ll see you on February 18th; and as always, Dames are welcome (Dear God, somebody stop me!)