Thursday, October 6, 2011

Not All Comic Books Are A Laughing Matter

Think comic books are fictionalized stories for prepubescent boys? Then you have certainly not been to your local comic book shop lately.

In Japan you can find comic books (called Manga) on every subject under the sun. Both fiction and non-fiction; science fiction, westerns, crime, horror; every genre is well represented.

The same is true for the U.S. comic book market though it is not so widely known. You could right now buy comic books on a variety of topics, for both young and old; men and women; on just about every subject, from fiction to non-fiction.

The comic book is among our most cherished literary forms. It combines both writing and art to weave a story which inspires imagination through its story-telling and its images. It recalls a time when life was simpler and when more was left to the imagination than today's big budget movies allow. With a comic book your mind has to fill in the blanks between the panels. A truly unique experience.


Cameron Cooke, 28, of Kansas City, Mo., writes comic books for Bluewater Productions. He has pages on Facebook and www.kansascitycomics.com under CW Cooke, the name he writes under. This conversation took place at Pop Culture Comix in Overland Park, Kan., www.popculturecomix.com.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Q: On this rack are celebrity biography comic books you've written - about Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Conan O'Brien, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the cast of "Glee," Vincent Price and others. When did this genre of comics emerge?

A: In 2008, during the presidential campaign. A couple of different companies put out Barack Obama comics, John McCain comics and Sarah Palin comics and a Joe Biden comic. Bluewater Productions saw the nonfiction comics were popular and decided to stick with it. I've been writing in that niche for them ever since.

Click here to read more of this interview with non-fiction comic writer Cameron Cooke.

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