Indie Comics are the future of the comic book medium. Indie Comics is where evolution happens. As the environment changes, adaptation to changing markets, readers, and world-view needs to occur so that visual/contextual storytelling can stick around, in a recognizable, comic book form. Indie Comics is where new and interesting bounds are formed, making the medium more interesting, exciting and worth sticking around.
I’m always happy to find new and interesting Indie Comics that are doing something for the medium. I’m especially happy when I find a new voice, one that is unrecognizable in a world of similar, often synonymous voices. Barbara Coney-Jenkins definitely adds to the sometimes poetic, introspective monologue driven sub-genre of comics where Serenade falls. Coney-Jenkins starts with a female character that is at times sexy but more times than not, she is focused and obsessed by her goals. Her character is strong and driven, something I often wish I was more like. Coney-Jenkins definitely reinforces a piece of Indie Comics that has room to grow.
Of course, there are downfalls to Indie Comics – we don’t always have big-budgets to allow for editors and assistance. Serenade certainly falls into this trap. The cover and several other images in the digital copy of this book that I received was in a much lower resolution than other pieces and it to some degree took away from the overall experience. I would have also liked to have seen more color in the book. At times, it had pieces of color to emphasize actions but it was not enough and often not as good as the rest of the book.
In the world of Indie Comics, this is where we all need to come together to help each other. I know that everyone wants paid for their work but sometimes, it only needs to be compensation, not actually money. Coney-Jenkins could for instance provide some images or edited to another artist as compensation for that artist coloring her book. I’m not saying that we should all be part of some big hippie commune, I would not want to scar anyone with a mention of socialism but I do
think know that there are just as many, if not more people making Indie Comics or who want to make comics as there are in both of the Big Two combined.