Chris Blattman

Comics guru Alan Moore eats his young

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To my mind, this embracing of what were unambiguously children’s characters at their mid-20th century inception seems to indicate a retreat from the admittedly overwhelming complexities of modern existence…a

It looks to me very much like a significant section of the public, having given up on attempting to understand the reality they are actually living in, have instead reasoned that they might at least be able to comprehend the sprawling, meaningless, but at-least-still-finite ‘universes’ presented by DC or Marvel Comics.

I would also observe that it is, potentially, culturally catastrophic to have the ephemera of a previous century squatting possessively on the cultural stage and refusing to allow this surely unprecedented era to develop a culture of its own, relevant and sufficient to its times.

Article. It’s an interesting interview.

I personally enjoy a good superhero movie. Presumably the entertainment industry will always find a way to serve people their childhoods twenty to thirty years later. This is normal. Even My Little Pony is back in force.

A healthy art will do more than this. While serving the kitsch, it will push the frontier of what’s possible. I think science fiction has been doing this. Fantasy not so much. Comics I can’t say, since I haven’t been paying attention. Readers? Is there an artistic frontier?

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  1. Chris,

    Alan Moore is definitely not to be trusted on the state of comics. Even restricting attention to Marvel and DC, his take is falsified by, eg, the just completed Hawkeye series by Fraction and Aja. And going just a few steps further afield makes his claims look ridiculous.

    For science fiction, there’s Mind Mgmt by Matt Kindt and Prophet by Brandon Graham and lots of artists. For crime, there’s Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. For a sci-fi tinged spy thriller/postmodern weirdness series, there’s Zero by Ales Kot and lots of artists. For “literary” comics, there’s Ganges by Kevin Huizenga and…

    But I should stop for now. If you want more details or suggestions, shoot me an email.

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