Monday, October 15, 2012

Why I Love Romance Comics (and You Should Too)

Hey all! First off, I just want to give you all a big and sincere thank you for all the lovely comments and good thoughts sent to me during this super difficult time. Things will be hard for a while, I am sure of that. But, Sequential Crush has always been the space where I have shared my passion for romance comics and that won't change anytime soon!

Today, just for fun, I thought I would share a little bit with you just exactly why I am passionate about these little gems!

1.) The art Ok, this one is pretty much a no-brainer. Some of the art in romance comics is just soooooo good. It kind of makes me want to cry that they aren't published anymore! But, we just have to enjoy the issues that were published and savor the art of masters such as Alex Toth, Win Mortimer, José Luis García-López, along with so many others.

2.) Their usefulness as historical documents I have learned so much about 1960s and '70s history that I would not have learned otherwise because of the stories, advice columns, and advertising of the romance comics. My view on everything from mid-century dating etiquette to social mores of the time has changed and increased tenfold from reading romance comics!

3.) Not your everyday superhero comics The romance comics stand out from the rest of comic books in that they were specifically designed to be consumed by a rather young female audience and that makes them pretty special. I love superhero comics -- there is no doubt about that, but there is something reassuring about sequential universes that revolve around everyday, ordinary people and situations.

4.) The stories Sometimes the repetition of themes can get a little old, but at the same time it is comforting in a way to know that the romance comics followed a number of patterns. Running the gamut from serious to kooky, the stories acted as both inspiration and cautionary tales for young daters. They are all the more peculiar and fascinating to me in that the majority were crafted by men for a female audience. The social issue plot lines of the early 1970s are my favorite.

5.) The characters
The romance comics wouldn't have been what they were without an impressive set of stock characters and leading characters who just wouldn't give up on love. Many times insecure and flawed, these characters show us that relationships can be worth fighting for.

Well, there you have it! Just a few of the reasons why I am passionate about romance comics! What is it about them that keeps you coming back for more? And once again, thank you everyone for your kind words of support. You really are the best! I will be back soon with more stories, fashion, and all around romance comic book goodness.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Little Update

Hey all, how ya doing? As I mentioned in a recent post, things have been pretty crazy around here. I didn't want to go into specifics, because after all, this is a blog about comic books. But, it is also about romance and many times, about the heartache that romance brings. And I my friends, have been going through some intense romantic heartache. I seem to be going through all the emotions that come along with the end of a long-term relationship and keeping up on here has been majorly difficult for me. I am sort of at a crossroads I guess you could say. So much in my life is changing and as this change was not anticipated, I am struggling with sorting out all the other aspects of my life, including Sequential Crush.

But do not fear, this is definitely not the end of the blog or of my exploration of romance comics! I have always intended for Sequential Crush to turn into something big, and I am by no means there yet. And believe me, I want to get there! But for now, if things are spotty and posts not as frequent as they really should be, I apologize in advance. I know I don't need to, but I really treasure each and every one of you for being a loyal reader and taking the time out of your schedules to read about this unique and important genre of comic books. It pains me greatly to take a little step back, but I just hope that doing so will give me the propulsion I need to move forward.

Jacque
Comic Blog Elite