Monday, August 8, 2011

When comics get too intellectual

Cerebus the Aardvark is a comic about a "warrior Pig born" who goes from mercenary to political head to pontiff. It's one of the "smart" comics out there that requires a knowledge of history, mythology and other areas of knowledge to appreciate. It's a heady wine - not on too many people's shelves. It's extremely well made.

But as it descends into the extremely elaborate worlds of political intrigue, discussing everything from payroll to electioneering to city debt to redistricting, it eventually devolves into JUST A LOT OF DIALOGUE.

Like, around issue 60, it'll have the same picture for a page or more with just people speaking. And then numerous more pages of people speaking. Issues and issues of conversation. And then pages of people writing. Or pages from newspapers.

The magic of the art form that is comics is blending words AND pictures, preferably pictures that are describing something.
There's too much fucking dialogue in Cerebus. There, I said it.


Pharaohmagnetic said...

Dave Sim went off the deep end around that time. In fact, his views on women are so noxious that they have tainted his entire oeuvre.

See here.

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