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Monday, May 2, 2016

Martial Arts In Comics + More Photos From the SJ Comic Con & Toy Bonanza

Hello and welcome to the basement....

In case you missed yesterday's report on the SJ Comic Con & Toy Bonanza (which you can read by HERE), I mentioned speaking to Daniel from WNJC 1360 AM, and I've been thinking about his great concept of having a martial arts display / exhibition coincide with a comic con event. It really is a great idea, heck last month at Camden Comic Con there was a workshop on stage fighting.
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But when you think about it, martial arts have been a major staple of comic books for a long time. When you think about there are a lot of characters who it... Batman, just about every Robin, Lady Shiva, Wildcat, Black Panther, Captain America, Daredevil, Elektra, Iron Fist, Wolverine, Deadpool, Deathstroke, the Karate Kid (obviously), are just a handful of characters that are depicted of having various levels of mastering their chosen form of combat but just about every character over all has been shown using various martial arts techniques .

But why is Martial Arts used so much? Well the answer to that is actually pretty simple,  if you ever seen a still of someone doing a judo throw, it can be drawn from various different angles and styles,if drawn well, it looks cool. Hell you do one panel with the start of the move and follow it with the end result, and readers can fully understand what took place in between.
Then there is the added factor of looking dramatic as a lot of the styles of throwing a kick or a punch with someone blocking can be use to enhance the seriousness of a scene.


Then there is the 'put 'em over' factor... because of the discipline it takes to become proficient with any style of martial arts, in comic books, (particularly with Batman) the more knowledge of various forms of combat puts the character over how well they can defend themselves and attack at the same time. Sure there are characters that use straight up brawling, with tackles and just volatile attacks.

So it looks good, it gets the character over with the readers, and gives various art choices on how something is drawn...Now how accurate some depictions of the actual techniques are drawn... well that's a whole different ball of wax.

And big thanks to Daniel for the additional photos from the SJ Comic Con & Toy Bonanza from yesterday!