"Train I Ride," an early Optic Nerve strip by Adrian Tomine from the back cover of Sputnik #1, published by Black Eye Productions, November 1993.
Reblogged from GhastlyAstronaut.
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Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
Black Thursday is a story drawn during the early days of Metal Hurlant. It shows the influences of two of my favorite SF authors: Roger Zelazny and Philip K. Dick. Their themes are intermingled and condensed in two pages, full of elucubrations and graphic tricks. It is really a failed attempt at doing a “chic” SF story, which is okay because I believe now that it is that very failure which prevents those two pages from looking old-fashioned and helps them retain their freshness
Fantasy and SF, like comics, were accepted earlier in Europe as a valid form of expression. When I look at the history of the genre, I see a garden. It began in a very small fashion, with a few, very beautiful flowers— Jules Verne, H.G. Wells— then it bloomed. Now, it looks like an incredibly beautiful jungle! And I eat the fruits of that garden, I do my best to be part of it.
In our century, imagination bloomed because everything else bloomed too: technology, science, human rights, the quality of life. We live in a period of incredible wealth, in all fields, and if sometimes we can have the feeling that something’s bad, it’s only because we’ve learned to recognize it that way. Before, we accepted things as normal that now we consider bad. For example, a couple of centuries ago, a government killing three thousand people because they asked for their rights would have been deemed normal, or ordinary. Now, we know it’s not.
I never give the keys to my stories. My stories are not like a box of spaghetti, they don’t come with the instructions on them on how long you must put them in boiling water before you eat. I deliberately never help anyone, because if I do that, I feel I’m undercutting the pleasure of the reader, his freedom to find in my story what HE finds interesting. Besides, if I’m so proud of my work, it must be allowed to stand alone. I must tell the reader: “I’ve done my part, now it’s your turn to be creative!”
However, we artists can only go so far as the people can follow us. We are not alone, we are part of the system. We can take risks, but if you want to go to the peak of your consciousness, you may very well find yourself alone. Even if you know how to translate what you saw, maybe only ten people will be able to understand what you tell. But, if you have faith in your vision, and retell it again and again, you will start noticing that, after a time, more people will begin to catch up with you. I certainly found that with my stories. It is a little bit the same in science and technology: a discovery begins with a scientist alone in his laboratory; then ten years later, everybody has “it” in their living rooms.
—Moebius, from Moebius 7: The Goddess (Marvel/Epic, 1990)
A page I did for my story the Speaker where I tried to get the reader to go from the 5th panel to the bottom of the page & read up.
I’m not quite sure how stressful it was, for one thing I wasn’t thinking about where the spine of the book was. If anything it was an attempt at doing something that was new for me—and even if it’s a failure the attempt makes it worth it.
If William Blake were alive and producing his work in 2013, how would we categorize it? Would we think of it as alt comics? A graphic novel? Why?
What did they call it in his day?
Extra Credit Question: What did they call ‘photographic memory’ before photography?
Here’s a 7 page preview of my book We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir, coming out from Topshelf comics in May!!! I’m so excited ;_;
We’re shooting for debuting the book at TCAF so I hope to see you there :D
Read more about it here: http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/we-can-fix-it/720