honey, I'm Ho-ome!.
It's three weeks since I last posted here, and I am back from my world tour promoting The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard. The San Diego Con was splendidly organized as always. I fear however that i am getting more and more at odds with the comic book world as time advances. Watching the Iron Man movie on the plane coming home, I was charmed into recalling how I marvelled at the character when i was wee, in the marvellous scene where he's flying between the two jet planes. But then it descends into that boneheaded formula in which the hero must do battle with the evil version of himself. The shiny red and gold Iron Man fights the grey Iron Man, The Banner Hulk fights the Tim Roth Hulk, Spiderman fights the living Spiderman costume with another bloke inside it. Anything that was special and unique about the character is somewhat diluted when he's got a duplicate walking about. Even as a kid I recognized this late variation on the supervillain as a sign that invention was seriously flagging. Seems odd to me that it is now de rigeur in all of these movies. But then, I find myself even more at odds with the world of movies these days.
I'm amazed at how just about everything in the world gets photographed. I no longer carry a camera with me as i just need to google it all when I get home. It started here, as posted to Youtube by SuenteusPo. My first panel at San Diego on July 24th. I'm introducing Dan Best, but it doesn't go long enough to hear him speaking.
and he's got another bit of it here, with a good punchline from a member of the audience:
"One of the fundamental tools of comics is the wordless re-creation of the rhythms of human gesture, most easily accomplished by maintaining a fixed scale of character from one panel to the next, so that the only changes the eye registers are in the variations of posture between the repeating figures (a style more commonly seen before comics began imitating the camerawork of movies)."- Chris Ware