Let it be known that I will be 100% more excited to read your book or comic if it includes a map.
While we’re on the subject of genre-based literary elitism, I think it’s interesting that it appears to effect comics too, especially with the kind of comics that become cross-over successes with audiences and critics that don’t normally read comics? I can’t say I’m an expert on this subject, but I have noticed that the comics that receive cross-over success, especially amongst people that are concerned with Literary and Artistic Merit, tend to sit at the intersection of “(auto)biographical,” “politically relevant issues,” and “legitimized through their relationship to higher forms of art” (they are also always “graphic novels,” never “comics”). A prime example of this is Fun Home, which is autobiographical, touches on gay-rights issues and includes frequent references to James Joyce (amongst others), though it is far from the only comic that fits this mould (Maus, Persepolis, Asterios Polyp, etc). It’s not that any of these comics are bad or are undeserving of their success, it’s just that I think it’s funny how obvious and transparent this theme is on the part of everyone else. God forbid you people enjoy some sci-fi or fantasy.
I mean, hell, my parents are far from Artistic Merit Snobs but I’ve had way, way more success getting them to read, enjoy, and take seriously comics that fit into (Auto)biographical Politically Relevant with High Culture Call-Outs mode than any others. This type of stuff is pervasive and deep.
Besides the whole issue of why have genre elitism at all, on a more personal level it really disappoints me that people are so quick to dismiss sci-fi/fantasy/etc comics because I think one of the great strengths of comics as a storytelling medium is that they give a huge amount of visual control to a single creator. You can draw anything you can imagine into your comic! And what genres take more advantage of that great creative potential for one person to bring a unique world into being than sci-fi and fantasy, you know?
I was already emotional but then I saw that this Shiba’s birthday parfait was on a heart plate and I couldn’t do it anymore and I started crying
I know there’s a lot to be said for not getting endlessly stuck in the planning stages of a project, or not waiting around endlessly for the “right” moment to start it that never comes, and actually taking a risk and getting out there and doing it…
But I would like to thank those things for keeping the terrible furry “every fiction concept I thought was interesting, ever, all together at once” webcomic I worked on in middle school from ever seeing the light of day.
i’m not usually a praying girl but if you’re out there, madoka,
"maybe the wider than expected demographic appeal of my little pony is a bellwether for the destigmatization of femininity" — me, in 2011, being the most wrong about anything i’ve ever been in my entire life
I wish I was as strong + brave as Utena and also that all my problems could be solved with sword fights.
Learning how to play the clarinet, my Pokémon Silver team, lots and lots of drawings of said Pokémon, obsessive blow-by-blows of every rehearsal for the 4th grade play (I was one of the leads!), cool facts about animals, my Harry Potter theories now that The Goblet of Fire had come out.