By Darryl Ayo
Closer, ever closer.
I think that a lot of comics’ greatest champions are burnt out. They feel that they have seen it before, done it before, been bored of it before and it’s hard to convince them that there’s anything worth getting excited over. I see a lot of sleepiness and boredom with comics. I see a lack of emotional investment. I feel that comics’ champions–even the creators themselves–have been on the force for too long. And like a grizzled flatfoot weeks from retirement, they would rather go home and drink themselves into a coma than engage further with this soul-destroying line of work.
So how do you get people to care about the work…when we don’t appear to care? And not to be a jerk about it but I wonder if there’s anything to some of these people’s interest in comics beyond “it looks cool” or (ugh: cynicism ahead) “I want to get paid for drawing.”
What is that about? Perhaps some comic-folks harbor negative psychological connotations with “liking things genuinely.” Which is too bad because you’d never crack the code of this artform if the stories don’t keep you awake at night sometimes. You will never have a snowball’s chance in the desert of being any good at anything if you’re too afraid to let go and lose yourself in the panels. Let…go.
Dance and don’t be afraid to look silly. Don’t get terrified that your carefully cultivated “adult” facade of “coolness” will be compromised by people seeing you enjoy something from your heart. Because believe you me: we can all see through you and you look a lot more awkward and uncool pretending that you’re above it all.
(c) Marvel Entertainment: STRYFE; X-Factor; FIN FANG FOOM; SPIDER-MAN/HUMAN TORCH; STORM
(c) DC Entertainment; WONDER WOMAN; Starfire; Superman/Lois Lane
“Mermaids” ganked from “l-u-c-i-f-e-r-” on Tumblr
(c) Katsuhiro Otomo for all Akira images
(c) Gigi Digi for Cucumber Quest
(c) Nintendo; Luigi and Mario
(c) Walt Disney Company
(c) Darryl Ayo Brathwaite; Little Garden Comics
(c) Al Columbia for the knives
(c)Thierry Martin; whittling man
(c) Jaime Hernandez; Love and Rockets
(c) Magnolia Porter; Monster Pulse
(c) Evan Dahm; Vattu
(c) Yuko Ota & Ananth Panagariya; Johnny Wander
(c) Universal Studios; Reality Bites
(c) Jordyn F. Bochon; ghost illustration
(c) Brandon Graham; Multiple Warheads