“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Let me preface everything I'm about to type by saying that I have no idea what 'cool' comic book art is. I don't know who is popular and why, and I can't say I've picked up a monthly book consistently going on about 5 years now. I'm an idiot at best. Take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt.
Anyway, I had picked up about two dozen books during my comic book convention marathon and after looking through them I walked away with the worst taste in my mouth. I was compelled (albeit shortly) to do a whole, long, ultra-opinionated write-up asking why comic books have a lot of vanilla ice cream looking art in them (more in recent days). After an hour of that, I realized I was tired of writing about how no one wants to address and take a chance on new blood whose works and styles have something to say outside of the status quo. That, and I just got plain sick of typing.
I deleted the entry but not before I copied and pasted it for a post later on down the line, for when I'm feeling my oats. For now, let me plead with as much heart-felt emphasis to the people in charge in some futile hope they can hear me and do something about it. Here is goes:
"Please, PLEASE - can we please stop putting vanilla ice cream artists on books that deserve better?"
Please? Thank you.
PS - By 'new blood' I'm not referring to me. I'm an old fart. Ask my friends; I tell kids to get off my gaddamned lawn. I also like The Spirit.
at 2:20 PM