Kids understand that real crabs don’t sing like the ones in The Little Mermaid. But you give an adult fiction, and the adult starts asking really fucking dumb questions like “How does Superman fly? How do those eyebeams work? Who pumps the Batmobile’s tires?” It’s a fucking made-up story, you idiot! Nobody pumps the tires!
Alan Moore isn’t a misogynist but fuck, he’s obsessed with rape. I managed to do thirty years in comics without any rape!
The comic book creators don’t exist to the mainstream media at [San Diego] Comic Con. We’re invisible people.
What makes comics special is that they are composed of complete beauty after complete beauty. An index of pearls on an invisible string that we glide along as we read.
Art comics has a tradition where not long ago its champions fell in love with the form when they had so little access to its history and lived in such artistically fallow times they had no choice but to believe in comics that hadn’t been made yet.
Comics will pick you up after it knocks you down. Comics will dust you off and tell you it loves you. And you will look into it’s eyes and know it’s true, that you love comics back.
Comics will demand next to nothing from some people even as it demands almost everything from others.
When a fan commented that he was “exhausted” of reading Superman’s origin over and over again, [Grant] Morrison recommended that maybe he take a break from superhero comics, because “superhero comics are supposed to be fun” and “you should get exhausted by walking up stairs, not reading superhero comics.”
Unlike prose or film or theater, we read comics as a window to other comics, comics we may never see, comics that may or may not be out there. We read all the comics we’ve ever read and all the comics we’ve yet to read.
Comics are hard work. Comics are relentless. Comics will break your heart. Comics are monetarily unsatisfying. Comics don’t offer much in terms of fortune and glory, but comics will give you complete freedom to tell the stories you want to tell, in ways unlike any other medium.
Being in comics long enough allows you special insight into large, dysfunctional groups of people, which is handy when you’re living in a hospital.
At this point in my life I’d prefer to read the complete works of a defunct independent comics company from the 1980s than the fruits of the latest top 100 list.
I can’t take on those Comics Journal guys, they flattened me, as they did, it’s just defensive, smartass kids.
In a vertebrate world, pros would cease working for Marvel and any Marvel product that involved Jack Kirby’s co-creations or derivations of Jack Kirby’s co-creations.
Comics are a very insightful mirror to the 20th Century in America. We can follow the path of not only the events, but also the society and culture of any given time. The history of comics is the history of America.
Comics are a visual medium, which means you have to trust your images to be able to tell your story.
Diamond is not really a distributor; if they were, they would simply get a flat rate for delivery of the books to comic stores and that would be the end of their involvement. What Diamond is in fact is the countries biggest and only comic book retailer. They buy all the comics at a low price and resell them to the comic shops. The profit they take cuts into the profits of the stores and the publishers.
My sincere thoughts on how to promote the presence of women in comics: pay them. No, seriously. Pay them with money.
Let the artists go crazy, let the writers go crazy, and we will see a return to the values of comics, the imaginative values. Because for the last ten years comics have been looking like movies.
It’s very refreshing to visit the States, because there I’m welcomed by the underground graphic novel movement. In France, we kind of founded that movement 20 years ago. No one considers us underground anymore. We’re mainstream because general readers buy our stuff.