Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Snark, Strangeness & Charm



Over at The Comics Journal, Dave Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp has been taken hostage and been given a good tickling with a lead-weighted feather duster. To be truthful, the whole discussion (which really is worth reading if only for the cut-to-the-chase comments of Eddie Campbell) makes this artist’s brain hurt.

It seems that comix can, if put on a strict diet of giggling art-school coeds and gin-soaked compresses, aspire to the condition of Art, with all the usual accessories of Meaning, Culture, Reference, etc. … the mind boggles, and having boggled, moves on.

To all of which we Snark Hunters must say — pshaw! It is we, the Carrollian Thickies of the Sequential Art World, who shall proudly stand up and remind the artistic world that deep underneath it all, The Hunting of the Snark is quite shallow. False pretences begone!