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Death Fatigue (dth f-tg) n. Physical or mental weariness resulting from the repeated need of comic publishers and editors to kill popular superheroes in an effort to boost sales.
Death Fatigue is a syndrome that is gripping the readers of fine comic books all across the nation. Is there no end to the carnage that is being brought upon our favorite heroes by the editorial staffs of the biggest publishers in the comic industry.
Apparently no hero is safe from the onslaught of pure creative genius that is so unique and riveting that it has happened to nearly every major superhero at least once in his or her career. The stronger and more powerful a hero is the greater the odds are that that character will die at the hands of the most despicable, powerful and omnipotent adversary, the editor.
It is not the super-villains that pose the greatest threat but the publishers that bring us the stories. How many times must Superman die to rise from the ashes? Jesus did it once and changed the course of human history! Superman is making a career of it has been followed by many a costume clad hero with a Christ complex.
Just in recent memory, Batman, Captain America and now Spider-man have made their journey to the Pearly Gates only to be turned away to fight another day. Enough already!
This stuff is laughable in soap operas. What makes it any less inane in comic books? These death events are nothing more than protracted cliff-hangers like the ones in old serial films.
“Is this the end of our hero?”
“Will our hero never ride again?”
“Stay tuned for the stunning conclusion!”
We all know what happens next. Our hero survives; bigger, stronger, wiser and a lot more profitable to his publisher.
If the publishers would put half as much energy into developing new and exciting properties as they put into figuring out how to kill and resurrect the old standards the readers might actually have something worth looking forward to.
If you are sick and tired of all this mindless slaughter then you are probably suffering from the same chronic Death Fatigue that I have.
If you enjoy comics, broaden your horizon. Investigate other genres of the form. Experiment with titles from independent publishers. Check out exciting new comics on the web.
Do not mourn.
The death of your favorite character is symptomatic of a character that has enjoyed such a tremendously popular career and has been placed in almost every other possible scenario that exploring death is the only other option.
Your hero is in a better place…Market Repositioning.
You have the opportunity to impact that market repositioning by your response to the death of your hero. Let the publishers know what you think.
Now is your chance to be vocal, visible and influential.
You can start by showing your Death Fatigue and let the publishers know that you know this is all about the money.
Death Fatigue. It’s not fatal but it is fashionable!
Show your Death Fatigue today!
We may not like to admit it but there are fat people roaming the earth.
It is true!
They are not just a few pounds overweight, either. These people are huge, three-hundred, four-hundred, even five-hundred pound folks that are so fat they pose a danger to themselves and the people around them.
So let’s not be ignorant. Pretending that fat people don’t exist is like pretending that there are no such things as black people, gay people, or women that are more than sex objects.
Fat people are real. Real people with hopes and dreams, fears and joys, loves and hates. Look in the mirror. You may be one.
So please do not get pious and all politically correct when you read the following:
CAPTAIN OBESE is a comic about a morbidly obese superhero that was previously published in the 1980’s by Warp Graphics and disappeared from the comics scene mostly because it is politically incorrect to notice fat people in popular media unless you are trying to shrink them back to normal size.
It is OK for shows like Biggest Loser to capitalize on fat people because it’s objective is to get rid of them by teaching them the healthier ways of the thin world.
I’m sorry, but CAPTAIN OBESE is fat and he is making no apologies for his size.
He is fat, proud, and most of all, he is back!
What makes CAPTAIN OBESE special. His creator, Don Lomax.
Don is, without question, graphically and literally, the most brutally honest comic creator I can remember ever seeing in print.
His Harvey nominated Vietnam Journal which is currently published by Transfuzion Publishing and his work on the Marvel comic The ‘NAM is testimony to his ability and willingness to tell it like it is. Don lays it out on the page, panel after panel and pulls no punches. Don draws from experience, having served in Vietnam and it shows in the work which is described as the most accurate graphic depiction of the Vietnam War, ever.
Whether it is war comics or the tremendous volume of adult comix that Don has created in his four decades as a comic artist, one thing is certain, Don is not timid when it comes to laying down the ink. His images are exquisitely rendered and often openly raw.
Of all Don Lomax’s works, CAPTAIN OBESE may be one of his most tame and easily digested by the faint of heart. That still will not prevent people from being uncomfortable with the idea of a fat guy in long underwear and a cape throwing his weight around for truth, justice, and the American way.
My suggestion to those dissenters, “Get over it!”
There’s a new superhero in town, his name is CAPTAIN OBESE, and he is fat.
Too Bad! Go eat a cheeseburger or two.
Hard Cover editions of David Anthony Kraft’s COMICS INTERVIEW: The Complete Collection Volume 1 are Now Available!Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
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