The factors that make a comic appealing are an entirely subjective and strange thing. Sometimes the thrill of the unknown is what does it, and at other times, it's seeing something familiar performed in a new or particularly efficient way
Like Brandon Graham, James Stokoe and so many other artists raised on a steady diet of manga and anime, Giannis Milonogiannis feels his manga influences without a slavish devotion to them. He plays with anatomy and tones down his facial expressions to create characters who draw you in rather than emote at you, making his characters the star even among their futuristic body armor and neon-tinged backgrounds
A few months ago, a friend of mine and I were chatting about science fiction webcomics, and I brought up Jeph Jacques' immensely popular webcomic Questionable Content. My friend gave me a funny look. "No, really," I said, "Questionable Content
io9 reports that science fiction novelists and mainstream literary critics have been sniping at each other over the perceived value of sci-fi novels, and it's hard not to feel more than a little empathetic towards what seems like a ghettoization of a substantive literary subculture-- something the world of comic books knows a little bit about.
The whole brouhaha kicked off when sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson asked why a sci-fi novel had never won Booker