Doug: I've had my mind on a philosophical problem for the past several months, and I think it applies to the comics world as well; probably to television, novel series, etc., too. So today we'll see what kind of conversation it spawns.
Doug: Those of you in education should be able to relate to my quandary. The longer I'm in this business of teaching, the more I'm aware of how we often fail to provide the optimal services we have been contracted to provide. For example, (and this has really, really been on my mind over the past several years) every time some new piece of legislative interference, like No Child Left Behind, comes down the pike it disrupts the normal rhythms of educational operations. Is that bad, though, to shake people out of their complacency and hold them accountable every now and then? Certainly not. However, when the changes required are sweeping and the implementations of improvements/upgrades/new standards/more frequent measures -- you name it -- require an almost constant reshuffling of "what I do", it perhaps does more harm than good to our clients (the students) in the immediate sense. Here's the crux of today's discussion: when change takes place, what is lost is the sense of responsibility that a child's sophomore year, or to drill down further October or March of their sophomore year (shoot -- if I as a teacher just mail it in one class period, I've cost a kid an hour of a day in a month in a year that he'll/she'll never get back) is forever disrupted. That student is never going to be a sophomore again, never going to go through school in the month of February in 2012 again...
Doug: And this spills over to the coaching arena as well. Hey, you say you're going to change your offense because you didn't care for the one you used last season? Better be certain that the new stuff matches your current team's skill set -- because while the tweaking is going on, some senior will never play football, soccer, basketball, or volleyball again. It's over -- opportunity for a fondly remembered experience lost.
Doug: So how does this apply to our four-color world? I decided to pen this after we ran the discussion on Don't Go Changing, to Try and Please Me..., which actually enjoyed a commenting life over a few days. Some of our readers set down fabulous changes that are forever endearing in our memory banks; others offered up some real stinkers. Looking at life through an experiential lens, what if you chose a particular month to try out a new comic? You could land at the feet of Fantastic Four #48, or you could land at Avengers #203. Dropped into the midst of greatness, or into that one-off filler that most of us, barring completism, maybe wish we'd never bought. I wonder if the audience is at times taken lightly -- there sure were a lot of "Oops -- the Dreaded Deadline Doom got us again" reprints in the Bronze Age... "But come back next month for..." The comics-producing community has a responsibility to make the reader feel welcome, entertained, and with a sense of "I'm coming back!" Hey, you only get one shot at this...
Our collaborators, Martinex1 and Redartz, have opened a new blog called Back in the Bronze Age... If you have liked the sorts of topics seen here on Bronze Age Babies, then you are going to feel right at home at Back in the Bronze Age... Give them a visit!
Karen and Doug
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On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
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