Friday, September 07, 2007

Free Form Comments

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ALSO. You can use this space to re-ask me questions you asked me before that I failed to answer because I was too busy (but now might not be). That is often the reason I fail to get back to people, and on a blog, after a few days, the comments thread dies and I just kind of forget about it. Let's use this space to fix that, because it does need to be fixed; I look like a jackass sometimes, leaving people hanging. I will TRY to respond to any questions here.

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6 comments:

Stephen said...

Geoff, the following blog post on Morrison is making the rounds. I'd love to see your take on it. (FWIW, I don't agree with most of it.)

http://hoodedutilitarian.blogspot.com/2007/09/grant-morrison-transcendence-and-shitty.html

James said...

Oh man, he lost me when he called Frank Quitely "pretty lousy", and then lost me some more when he declared that Morrison has "no discernable [appreciation/understanding of?] visual aesthetics". Something witty about a pot and a kettle.

Geoff Klock said...

I very much agree with the claim that none of Wolk's theories can justify the fact that the art mash up in the issue leading to the last one is horrible. I know Morrison does not collaborate that closely with artists, but that has to be taken on a case by case basis. The guy's claim that Morrison often has bad artists does not stand up -- because I think Quitely is Amazing, and so is Bachalo, and many others he has worked with.

Streebo said...

If anyone is interested in hearing a comic fan/horror fan's take on Rob Zombie's Halloween - I invite you to take a look at my analysis of the film.

It's still up at my Live Journal with accompanying pictures that have nothing to do with the film itself!

//Jamie

david brothers said...

This is totally a bragging post, but I've got to tell someone :)

I went to the comic shop after work yesterday, as usual, bought my stuff, and took a seat to hang out and chitchat. This unassuming looking guy walks in with a FedEx box full of original art. "Cool," I think, it's a local artist showing off his wares. James Sime acts like he knows him, so I figure that I'll just sit back and see what's what.

That unassuming looking guy? JH Williams III.

Those pages? Pretty much all the original art from his Batman run, including pages from Batman 669!

The regs hung out, talked, and picked his brain.

It was awesome.

Ping33 said...

The last three issues of Morrison's Batman have finally given me a little more insight into what he's trying to do and I think that it very much goes along with the Sci-Fi closet comment in JSA:Classified 1, Namely that Grant is trying to come to grips with the inconsistencies with Batman's character, focus, and genre throughout history and between individual creator runs. For me these themes have only really started to pop out for me in 666 and in the Williams III issues. 666 because its future-looking storyline took a step away from 'continuity' enough so that his toying seemed more clear. The Williams issues succeeded because of Williams talent co combine art styles on a single page... drawing a realistic batman and robin is a strong counterpoint to the World Heroes who are much simpler silver-age creations. My remaining problem is that I'm not sure where all of this is going. OF COURSE Batman has been wildly inconsistent, probably THE most inconsistent hero. It's an archetype which works in many settings and can be used in tons of ways from grim-and-gritty social commentary to Gay iconography, but that it IS doesn't make it interesting