John Seavey’s Storytelling Engines: An Informal Poll
At this point, I’ve now done seventy-six entries in the “Storytelling Engines” series, which is a lot longer than I generally tend to stick with things. (Honestly, I’m kind of impressed with myself. Probably much more than my audience is impressed with me.) But the problem is, I’m actually running out of things to talk about. I originally based this series on the great big “Essentials/Showcase Presents” volumes because they were cheap, and because they gave a nice overview of a long period of a series’ history, which allowed me to take a look at the way storytelling engines changed over time.
Well, unfortunately, Marvel and DC aren’t publishing them as fast as I’m writing about them. As I write this, there are seven series (‘Shazam’, ‘Sergeant Rock’, ‘Metamorpho’, ‘Robin’, ‘Human Torch’, ‘Rampaging Hulk’ and ‘Captain Marvel’) left that I haven’t done an entry on. And honestly, I have no idea what to say about the Human Torch’s solo series. DC is coming out with a few new volumes in the next few months (‘House of Secrets’ and ‘Blackhawks’), but after that, I’m officially out of material.
So I’d like to hear people’s opinions for a moment. Should I, at that point, wrap it up as a regular feature? Eighty-five entries, thanks very much, good job and well done? Or should I try expanding it to other areas, some of which wouldn’t be comics-related? (For example, I’ve got the entire series of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, the Critic, Monty Python, Futurama and Black Adder on DVD, not to mention more Doctor Who and Simpsons than you could possibly imagine.) Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section. I’ll be paying close attention.