Comics can primarily help people to rethink their political conditions, and through the power of images, they can provide new ways for people to reimagine their everyday reality.
If only [newspaper] syndication had existed, Robert Crumb would have been an unrecognized genius. He never would have found an audience. On the flip side, if Watterson only had the default of web comics, he would’ve been a voice lost to a generation.
A lot of people overwrite comics – usually people who think that making a graphic novel is just putting somebody who can write words together with someone who can draw pictures. Comics aren’t illustrated texts – they flow, they have pacing, currents and hidden depths.
Hopefully comics will follow the porn online model, not the newspaper one, and untold riches will come to us comix creators, a million micro-payments at a time.
Motion comics are the bastard child of animation and the traditional comic book form. Meld the two and you can get some seriously awesome stuff; do it wrong and you don’t even get the wasted paper to line your bird cage.
A superhero’s catchphrase should be like a really memorable advertising slogan. It sticks in your head and you can’t stop humming it. And let’s face it, superheroes are just really selling themselves as products.
In comics you see the drawing, you see words, you see rhythm, you see the story. It’s a space where you can do any kind of work if you conceive it that way. The problem is the industry, the business side.
Comics are meant to offer a page-turning experience. An exhibit can only show fragments of narrative: a lot of reading without the usual payoff.
When I want to relax, I read an essay by Engels. When I want to read something serious, I read Corto Maltese.