This is a thread is just to discuss what you want see more or less of in SD. I think it's a good thread as long as we keep things mature and criticism constructive. Here's things I want to see:
1. Thought balloons.
I don't like the captions in comics all the time. Captions were created to make the comic look more grim and gritty. But in 168, the star guy is using captions in a scene that's not grim; nor are his comments grim. I think thought balloons would be more sensible because overusing captions has always been a comic book peeve of mine.
2. A black and white issue every once and a while
. Either that or the same coloring as in Ghost World by Clowes. I would definitely love to see a SD issue with just black and white. It would add a new dimension to the art.
3. Self-contained stories, preferrably funny ones.
The comic that started me collecting was Avengers Spotlight 23. http://www.comics.org/issue/46843/cover/4/
I liked it because it was goofy and the characters didn't appear to be taking themselves seriously. It also felt more accessible being self-contained. I often wonder if I'd have liked comics if it wasn't for this one.
4. A whole SD issue without violence whatsoever. There isn't enough of these for me. Everyone seems to be getting beat up, killed, or smashed around. Maybe I'm different because I read a crapload of non-superhero, non-action comics, like stuff from Joe Matt, Seth, Chester Brown, Peter Bagge, and Harvey Pekar, as well as the newspaper funnies. Constant fighting gets too predictable. Sometimes I have to get into the mood to read a violent comic. There are times when I've bought a SD comic and will read the SD Dilbert-like comic or G-Man comic at the end and won't read the actual comic until days latter. Hell, sometimes I don't even read the entire comic til days later. It's mostly a subconscious thing, I guess. I know there's going to be a lot of explosions, people flying through the air, punches, blood, smashing through walls, random fights, and yadda yadda. And I'll buy the comic, put it on my nightstand, and then forget about it while I read my non-violent drawn and quarterly or fantagraphics comics first. Then I'll finally read the comic and think it was a good issue, but then I'll start the process all over again.
Can someone explain this to me? I'm not trying to slag down SD. But why do I like SD but have to work up an enthusiasm to read it sometimes. I've got many superhero comics, but vast majority of them were published between the 60s-80s, which means they aren't nearly as violent as SD. I don't think I'm adverse to violence because I'm a huge horror and western movie fan. However, why would I read a comic whose violence I find tiresome, but like the comic anyway?