Those of you who were there will know that at the start of each panel the guests opened with a short pitch sharing their thoughts and feelings on the subject in question. The written versions were not intended to be shared as such (one of them described their pitch as “a total braindump as opposed to any kind of organized thing” which I’m guessing is the feeling across the board) but having asked them all very nicely – and all of them being kind and gracious enough to say yes (thanks guys!): I thought it would be cool to share the stuff they wrote with the rest of you.
So here you go. Enjoy!
I think now of Jonathan Lethem writing about how he didn’t enjoy Jack Kirby’s return to Marvel in the late ’70s. Lethem’s essay provides a personal insight into of a comics community in the process of revising its collective judgements. Kirby was a king to these people, but his work didn’t embody the values of the moment. To quote Lethem: “Artists since Kirby had set new standards for anatomical and proportional ‘realism’: superhero comics weren’t supposed to look cartoonish anymore.”
Comics criticism is ridiculous, so I’ll finish on this note: what we want to do here is to build a modern Tower of Babel, one with the existence of different languages built into its premise rather than its downfall — if not an affront to god, then to anyone who thinks they know exactly what comics are and how they work.
Hannah K Chapman
An asinine debate bubbles up repeatedly on certain message boards of that there internet, like the results of some ghastly gastro-intestinal disorder: which is more important in comics, the writing or the artwork? Why is it asinine?