Seemingly a lifetime ago, we described the utility of comix as a form of online content. We discussed how the medium didn’t have to be all fun and games, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Well, two developments:
Chris Ware – author of the very disturbing Jimmy Corrigan/Acme Novelty Library comic books, a bonafide genius, and darling of potentates like Chip Kidd and Art Spiegelman – has a legitimate book coming out. What’s he tell Time about the experience of reading comix? Something along the lines of accessible media, actually:
There is something about the medium that allows for a simulation of actual experience with the added benefit of actually reading. You’re reading pictures, but you are also looking at them. It’s a sort of combined activity that I can’t really think of any other medium having, other than, say, a foreign film when you are reading and seeing. It allows for all sorts of associations that might not come up with just words or just pictures.
This is turning into a Unified Field Theory of Art and Content, isn’t it?
The Onion ain’t the only game in town, folks.
Posted on 2000-09-09