|Rius Marx for Beginners|
I haven't read a super hero comic since I was twelve. That was a very long time ago.
But I'm reading Gotham Central Book Four: Corrigan and am amazed by its creative use of dramatic language of image and text.
I've crossed over to the comic universe.
I still can't stand Superherodom but good story telling warrants deference.
In fact my reading preferences have swung sharply to graphic novels such that I can't get enough of the stuff. And I'm reading some great material...and some crap.
I've always liked cartooning but I'd never embraced the full on business that now passes as 'graphic novels'.
It took until Persepolis to turn my head. Now I'm catching up.
I'm tracking down some of the Beginner series of informational comics -- such as the classic Rius Marx for Beginners (page above) to get a feel for the density of information you can load a comic with.
It's like all my Christmases have come at once.
For homework I keep looking for excuses to make my own comics using ComicLife. I'm thinking I have found my voice. Since theatre and audio is difficult for me to pull off nowadays and video can be cumbersome I'm much taken with the way that comics merge a lot of elements and arranges them on the page -- and then creates more pages in like mode.
Consequently I have a few projects in mind. A few experiments on my to-do list. Maybe I can't draw so well and would anyway find that too time consuming...but there are many roads to Rome.