Here’s a thought about the apparent mutual exclusion of artistry and cartoonistry


[Marc Bell] says his M.O. is to deconstruct and make novel use of “comics language” for his drawings, collages and mixed media works. Whether it’s the drawing style, the inclusion of text or use of grid forms, the influence of comics is fundamental and pervasive. “I see comics and drawing as all the same thing, anyway,” Bell says. Yet he insists he’s no Warhol or Lichtenstein: “I’m a cartoonist creating art, not the other way around.”

— From The Art of Compression: Comic Conversations on the Canadian Art website

Parabola di G: Shhh, this is not a comic

Parabola di G is described as a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book.

“The c-word doesn’t appear anywhere,” the article drily notes in the opening paragraph, the exhibition is “another example of how comics can burst off the page and become an immersive 3D experience”.

I’ve somehow only now stumbled upon Tom Murphy’s writing for the Broken Frontier site (he also did the Here review I linked earlier), but I like his take on comics reporting already:

even if comics remains the art form that dare not speak its name, the exhibition demonstrates how the stylistic possibilities unique to the medium can burst off the page to create a three-dimensional world of its own.

Well, I’m sold. On the exhibition and Murphy’s writing.

Here are some 33 years old thought about comics:

IMG_20140427_104304 Marvel/DC writer Steve Englehart, interviewed in Comics Journal #63. Another quote, in a shakier snapshot (sorry for those!):IMG_20140427_103000This was 1981, I think we should give Englehart some slack for having a somewhat insular outlook. Those longer works existed outside the contemporary US mainstream, but working in a superhero monoculture, he wouldn’t know about them. Englehart does admits to not having read Eisner’s A Contract with God three years after its publication, though. So maybe he wasn’t that interested.