Archive | November, 2011

Utility.

2 Nov
By Darryl Ayo

Comics’ survival hinges on people recognizing the validity of the art form. Therefore: comics are doomed. Tradition is no way to attract new customers; tradition can only appeal to the already-loyal. One cannot succeed in winning new attention by drawing against a sense of nostalgia that one’s audience does not share.

Comics found their strongest growth of the past decade by appealing to something else entirely–appealing to utility. Comics are art and they are entertainment and they are culture but they are also valuable tools. For educating young readers, for disseminating political ideas, for provoking laughter. If you are trying to tell people that comics are important because the field produced terrific work in the past, then you are appealing to the wrong emotions.

From now on, when spreading the gospel of comics to the unconverted (because let’s face it, a lot of you are going to do this despite it being a strain on your personal relationships), make the case for comics being indispensable.
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Like This.

2 Nov
By Darryl Ayo

It strikes me as very sick that “graphic novels” are an aspirational status for comics. I get hung up on words easily, but something that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind–“graphic novels.” Comics that are like novels. No matter how it’s put there’s a subtextual implication that places “novels” on a pedestal. The “novel” form of literature is something significant and self-evidently legitimate, whereas comics are not. The “graphic novel” is a product of a period in time in which “comics” were considered so lowly that they needed to be propped up and likened to more respectable artforms in order to be considered worthy of note.

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Speculative Fiction – the fantasies of Ayo

1 Nov
By Darryl Ayo

I daydream a lot. I daydream all day. Then I nightdream, which sucks by comparison. You’re probably desperately curious. You say to yourself “what does he think about all day? What thoughts furrow that striking brow of his?” Currently, I’m thinking about what went wrong with comic strips.

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Pegasus Ponies

1 Nov
By Darryl Ayo

I never really took to alternative comics, when it’s all said and done. I like them, and I like supporting them. But I’m the antithesis of alternative culture in general. My personal drive in alternative media, culture and art is always to try to lift things that I like from “alternative” to “mainstream.” I never caught onto the “underground forever” mentality of many alternative culture enthusiasts and I never understood finding it preferable to remain obscure.

I want things that I like to become popular. I want my opinions to be popular, I want art that I like to be well-regarded, I want cultural values that I hold to be mainstream.

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