Archive - Mar 2003
There's something about comics that make people want to talk.
Comics are accessible. Cheap or free, buried in a newspaper or posted on a web page, racked at the 7-11 or stacked in a comic shop, they lure us in with lots of pictures and not so many words. We think quick and easy and that's how they hook us.
Eventually we begin to feel weird, personal connections to these characters, these sketchbook creations and their complex lives. We start to care deeply about them and what they say, sometimes to praise, sometimes to condemn.
Let me tell you a story:
Once upon a 1993, a sequential sonic boom hit the comics industry, as some fellah put out a book devoted to reaching an Understanding. It wasn't the first attempt at offering up an academic-like take on the Mystery of Sequential Art, but it definitely made waves. In one trademarked lightning bolt of a moment, an entire industry screamed out praise, and word of mouth quickly transformed a young semi-successful comic artist into an overnight messiah.