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Old 09-05-2017, 09:29 PM   #1
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Image Comics has closed its message boards

The Image Comics forums (and by extension, also the Savage Dragon forums)

http://forums.imagecomics.com/closed.php

The boards were notable in that Robert Kirkman was once a member as a fan of Savage Dragon, long before becoming famous for Walking Dead.

Hopefully someone will be able to archive threads from the boards.
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It was definitely not a kid's book.
That was the thing that always mystified me about the turn the franchise took when Eastman and Laird licensed the cartoon and the parallel comic book published by the same outfit that gave us Archie. The turtles' original origin story? The whole thing hinges on a for-Christ's-sake rape-murder!!!!
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:37 PM   #2
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Same **** happened to IDW. Sucks.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:40 PM   #3
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Can't say I ever used them, but it's really sad seeing forums go the way of the dodo.

Telling of negative social changes.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:49 PM   #4
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Dang, that stinks.
Wonder where all those members will run off to, now that their place to discuss their favorite comics is gone.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:52 PM   #5
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Message boards are basically on life support now, sadly replaced by Facebook groups, subreddits and tumblr. The more casual fans went for facebook groups, the more hardcore to subreddits and the freaky to tumblr instead of all being together in one nice website.
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The face of fandom is changing, and the format of its organization has to change with it.

It's not all in one place because it doesn't have to be, which is nice because it shouldn't be.
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:56 PM   #7
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Message boards are basically on life support now, sadly replaced by Facebook groups, subreddits and tumblr. The more casual fans went for facebook groups, the more hardcore to subreddits and the freaky to tumblr instead of all being together in one nice website.
Oh man, now I'm getting flashbacks to terrible anthropomorphic Sherlock fanart...
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Mirage [is]...a comic about life and how life and the people closest to you just absolutely suck sometimes. It's "adult" in a very real sense, in that it deals with heavy themes that resonate more with adults, not that it's full of blood and titties or whatever.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:26 PM   #8
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Message boards are basically on life support now, sadly replaced by Facebook groups, subreddits and tumblr. The more casual fans went for facebook groups, the more hardcore to subreddits and the freaky to tumblr instead of all being together in one nice website.
While I can see why people would prefer talking on Reddit than in a message board, why would ANYONE want to have lengthy discussions on facebook? Doesn't seem so practical to me and you can't even quote.

Dunno if message boards will ever go away for good. I mean, remember when chat rooms were big? Well nowadays there's services like Discord. Technically Discord counts as a chat program, doesn't it? And I was surprised to hear many people still used IRC. So forums will just have to evolve and adapt to modern times. Reddit could technically be considered a message board.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:45 PM   #9
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The face of fandom is changing, and the format of its organization has to change with it.

It's not all in one place because it doesn't have to be, which is nice because it shouldn't be.
Except it's the exact opposite, it's the mainstreamification of fandom which has come since geek culture became "cool". Fandoms are becoming less "hardcore" and more casual which might be fine for some but basement dwelling nerds are a dying breed and that's sad.

Change is good but here we're seeing eliminating "deeper" discussions on our favorite things in exchange for the equivalent of youtube comments.

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While I can see why people would prefer talking on Reddit than in a message board, why would ANYONE want to have lengthy discussions on facebook? Doesn't seem so practical to me and you can't even quote.

Dunno if message boards will ever go away for good. I mean, remember when chat rooms were big? Well nowadays there's services like Discord. Technically Discord counts as a chat program, doesn't it? And I was surprised to hear many people still used IRC. So forums will just have to evolve and adapt to modern times. Reddit could technically be considered a message board.

See my reply to plastroncafe, instead of people joining nerdy places to have lengthy discussions they're joining these casual places to talk about the stuff that they like. We won't have as many "hardcore" fans anymore.

Of course message boards will continue to exist but chatrooms is not analogy, they're dead and used by very few people, it's not like it was in the mid 90s.

You can't have the same level of discussion on places like Reddit as a real forum.
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