Thursday, February 03, 2005

This Comic Is Good - Sabrina the Teenage Witch

While we wait for Joe's latest Media Review, I figured I'd take the opportunity to highlight a book that came out this week that I doubt that Joe is reading (heck, checking the total sales on it, I doubt many people are reading it at all), which is Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which came out with #64 this week.

Since #58, Sabrina has been an experiment by Archie in a different type of comic book. Instead of 4 short stories, it is one long story. It is also a serialized story. Finally, it is told in a "manga" style by the American artist/writer Tania Del Rio.

And I think it has been quite good.

This week's issue, a Valentine's Day issue, told a simple story about Sabrina accidentally casting a spell in her sleep that allowed her to see what people at her high school have a "love connection," and she then plays "Cupid" for the kids of her school. Meanwhile, the two guys in her life decide that this will be the day that they have Sabrina choose between them.

It's such a simple story, but Del Rio adds a level of emotional depth that is quite rare to see in American comics, let alone Archie comics. Rarely do you see phrases like "I didn't think it would hurt this much to see them together" in an Archie comic. Rarely do you see such complicated psychological stories such as the fella who "falls back" on his second choice, knowing that she has a crush on him, to get over the girl he REALLY likes.

Meanwhile, throughout the book, Del Rio has a bunch of nice little manga touches, with bits that are straight out of a stereotypical manga comic.

I think this experiment by Archie has paid off well.

Has anyone else given Archie's manga experiment a chance at all?

Let me know what you think, if you did!


Blogger Brad Curran said...

"Has anyone else given Archie's manga experiment a chance at all?"

I haven't, and I seriously doubt I will, but I'm not the audience they're aiming at. I do wonder how fans of manga in this vein will react to it, though; will they give it a try because they like the aesthetic or will they reject it as something aping it?

2/03/2005 04:31:00 PM  
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2/03/2005 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Good question, Brad.

I don't know the rules for such a thing.

When is it "aping" and when is it "drawing in the same style"?

2/03/2005 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't, but I'm not at all surprised to see Archie as one of the first big American companies to apply more than just the surface trappings of manga to its properties.

2/03/2005 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

That's a tough question. My idea has always been that if someone has a style, it looks natural. Chynna Clugston Major's work, to me at least, doesn't look like it's aping manga. Same thing with Adam Warren, Rick Mays, and other artists in that vein.

Aping it would be more like, say, drawing Spider-Man or Wolverine to look like a sterotypical manga character. When it's obvious a character's being drawn in a certain style just because that's what's popular and not because the artist draws in that style and it serves the story. That's the vibe I got out of the Marvel Mangaverse comics, even though Ben Dunn draws in that style in his own stuff. That they were aping the manga style to cash in on the trend. I get the feeling that manga fans look at the stuff and reject it as aping manga.

I'm wondering more whether the reaction they're going from the manga buying audience will be to reject it than whether she's actually aping the style. I'm pretty sure she isn't, because I remember reading that she was involved in some manga anthology Tokyopop put out, but I'm not sure the people they're trying to appeal to will see it that way, or be interested in Sabrina because it's drawn in that style. It's got a better chance than Mangaverse X-Men, though.

2/03/2005 05:52:00 PM  
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2/03/2005 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger Lex said...

When I first heard about this change to manga, I thought it was a good idea. Sabrina's concept seems to be a natural fit for manga on many different levels.

I hope this experiment is successful.

2/03/2005 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger David Welsh said...

I have seen a few bloggers (Johanna at Cognitive Dissonance and James at Reading Along come to mind) who are both devoted manga fans, have described the art as manga style, and like Sabrina a lot. They aren't exactly the target audience, so I don't know if that response translates to the young girl demongraphic, but for what it's worth, they don't find the aping a problem (or consider it aping).

2/03/2005 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger alex said...


Is this comic seriously something you want to recommend to people that read this site?


It may be great, but it's aimed at thirteen year old girls.

Can you review a Hilary Duff album next?


2/03/2005 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Shitdamnfuckbarbarasstreisand. Why did it list me as Anonymous?

2/03/2005 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Lyle said...

Hmm, I thought the Marvel mangaverse stuff was aping because the stories didn't really seem to have much of a mange influence, it was pretty much an elseworlds with big eyes. OTOH, a lot of the stuff that's made it into digests have had a manga "feel"... Sentinel, Mary Jane and Runaways has that manga feel; they make sense packaged as manga.

2/03/2005 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"It may be great"

If so, then I think it is worthwhile to be discussed on "Comics Should Be Good."

2/03/2005 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

Alex is a dirty, dirty comic snob.

Not liking Sabrina is tantamount to not liking Archie.

And if you don't like Archie, man, you just don't like comics. You might pretend you like comics, but you're really an evil speculator ar heart who thinks that if they buy enough copies of "X-men" they can buy a yacht.

2/04/2005 02:30:00 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

"checking the total sales on it, I doubt many people are reading it at all"

Don't believe the Diamond numbers when it comes to Archie comics; they get a lot of play on newsstands, which aren't serviced by Diamond.

2/08/2005 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Oh, and I have a review of issue #63 here.

2/08/2005 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Love The Sabrina Comics and i Didnt even know about them till #75 but i think thier intresting, beatifully drawn and something alot of people would enjoy drawing

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