Growing up, I always loved the comics I read in the Sunday paper like Charles Shultz’s Peanuts, Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, Mort Walker’s Beetle Bailey, Johnny Hart’s B.C. or Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy. Of course who could ever forget those classic animated Saturday morning cartoons like Popeye, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Bull Winkle or practically anything that was Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes! Practically every kid, boy or girl and even a few adults were mesmerized by comic books like Bat Man, The Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Flash, Archie or Superman.
Today, comics have transcended to new levels of imagination. Superheroes supersede heroic fantasy films that are not going out of style any time soon.
For all comic book enthusiasts, mark your calendar for the 2016 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) to be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center in California. As a reminder, don’t forget that the deadline for entries is February 1, 2016. Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
Recently, I overheard a conversation by a group of friends sitting in the food court discussing diversity in the comic book arena. They kept throwing out accolades about a particular site they referred to as the Mad Square Movement. Of course I was a little nosy from my eavesdropping and asked them about it. One of the young men gave me the link to the website and I looked it up on my phone before I left the area. After checking out the site, I noticed that the comic books offered by Mad Square Enterprises indeed offered a refreshing and interesting twist to the diversity and recognition in this popular industry. When I spoke to James K. Gordon, the CEO and founder of Mad Square Enterprises, he shared this statement with me,
“The world of comics has a huge diverse audience and they hunger for superheroes and storylines they can connect to and enjoy. These audiences want to be entertained with action figures that bring something different to the table, which feeds their adventurous appetites and makes them hunger for more. The increasing popularity of comics among comic book enthusiasts is definitely sending a message to authors, publishers and promoters. At Mad Square Enterprises, we are doing our best to listen to our audience and respond to their requests. We sincerely thank and appreciate all of our followers and patrons. Stay tuned for more from the Mad Square Movement.”
Digital technology is providing greater opportunity for comic book authors and publishers to develop creative dimensions that surpass the ceiling of imagination, which touches the pulse of the human spirit. The sky is the limit for diversification stemming from many voices emerging from the depths of traditional expectations that comics once provided.
For more information about the 2016 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, check out their website: www.comic-con.org. To learn more about Mad Square Comics check out their website: http://madsquareonline.com/. You can also follow Mad Square on the following social media channels:
The mystery and mystique of looking at comics through a different lens is tapping into the psyche and behavior of a new generation of diverse comic book lovers. Galactic domination, action-figure heroes, fantasy and explosive storylines are getting some interesting makeovers with imagination that is out of this world, for the kid in all of us.