December 25, 2006
Intellectually Acceptable Comics
Khoi Vinh’s pretty astute observation about the ubiquitous Chris Ware:
In spite of his many and frequent innovations, Ware’s name, to me, has become synonymous with ‘intellectually acceptable comics’ produced for people who basically think comics are crap. His works — especially his commissions — reflect not so much an appreciation of the comics art form, but rather a keen understanding of how it can be parodied, satirized and even ridiculed in the service to the intellectual flattery of an audience that would otherwise be offended by less self-conscious practitioners of the medium.
This is the pattern of culture, though, right? The novel, jazz, the blog … Chris Ware, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco — these folks are the Daniel Defoes, Bob Dylans and Louie Armstrongs of their medium. Which, hey, you know, I totally wouldn’t mind.
Posted December 25, 2006 at 8:00 | Comments
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