Tuesday, 9 September 2008

You may be able to link to this. It's up then it's down. It's the short radio interview I mentioned a couple of days back. I know many of my readers want to pull their hair out when this subject comes up, and a couple have told me that frankly it bores them to tears. But they do not have to make a living out of all this comic book baloney, so they can shut up. In spite of us not mentioning any of the words 'graphic novel' or 'comic' either on the book or in person, that is made to be the subject of the piece:

When the matter comes up, It is important to not question the use of terms or get bogged down, otherwise the headline will read, as it did last year, 'Graphic novellists can't agree on what their thing is called.' The simple fact is that they have always already written their piece before you arrive and they just need the sound of your voice to fill up the space. So the trick is to pleasantly blather on about the thing you came to promote, as Dan does when he starts enthusing about my lovely watercolours. then the interviewer brings it back: 'but that doesn't answer my question'...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny to hear the two of you splitting bits between you (like the Elvis/James Dean sound bite), when I've previously only heard and read it from you solo. And very nice deflection of the "comics vs. graphic novels" and "why read them" questions, the both of you. :)

10 September 2008 at 01:29:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

the funny part is that as a lawyer Dan specializes in mediation, but you can hear him almost start to get ruffled in this interview. One day in my world is enough to undo a cool head.

29 September 2008 at 16:14:00 GMT-5  

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