Thursday, January 05, 2006
Your Thursday Inanity: 22 Panels, Musings on Alan Moore, A Trip to Borders, Mild Anxiety over Shelf Space, and Peggy's Progress Around the World
Bookslut.com posted this image up some months ago and I thought it was cool so I'm posting it here for you. It makes the art of drawing comic books look really easy, like I could draw any story I wanted within hours just by randomly choosing a panel off of this page and plugging in a quick drawing and some dialogue in word balloons. Sadly, it's a lot more difficult.
As some of you may know, I've kind of gotten into a graphic novel phase lately. I don't think it's because I'm about to get into drawing one myself (the morgue of first comic pages from never-to-be-completed graphic novels that is my closet is a helpful reminder not to attempt such a thing anytime soon, not to mention the unfinished NOVEL that is always sitting on my chest, making it hard to breathe), but probably because I just have a lot of fun reading them. I've been rereading my super fantastic new edition of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for the last week or so, and I'm struck again by how brilliant the thing is. I'm having to pace myelf so I just don't steam all the way through to the end. I want to have some Watchmen to read for a couple more nights. Has anyone else read this thing? Does anyone else think it's as great as I do? I'll do a post about it when I finish it. Scan some pages in -- the whole bit.
I'm also reading, simultaneously, another of Moore's famous graphic novels, V for Vendetta, (here's a couple sample pages I scanned in for you -- is that illegal? It feels kind of illegal). I've seen this in bookstores before but each time I picked it up and looked inside I quickly put it back on the shelf, put off by its muted colors and dated drawing style. The artwork (by David Lloyd) just doesn't work for me. It looks like it was drawn, inked, and colored by the person who does the Mary Worth strips for the Sunday paper, except slightly more blurry. But with the movie coming out, and the trailer being so good, and advance word on the film itself being very good, if not ecstatic, (Aintitcoolnews.com is a big supporter now after their crew screened it at their annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon film fest in Austin, TX), I decided I'd endure the art to get the story. I'm a third of the way through it and the artwork is actually growing on me. I know it's not great, but it gets the job done pretty well. So far -- good stuff.
I went to Borders tonight with my $100 gift card I got from my folks for Christmas, and after an hour and a half of shuffling through the store, pudgy and unshaved, wearing my Braves hat over bad hair, looking kind of lost, feeling a little nauseated by my dinner of cheese tortillas, tomato soup, and Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, I bought four trade paperbacks and an Edward Hopper calendar at 50% off. Runaway by Alice Munro, Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov, Collected Prose by Paul Auster, and The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer. These new books join the other books I bought last week (or so) (also with a gift card), on top of my bookshelf between two Harry Potter bookends. I don't actually have any more room on the shelves themselves as of right now. Kind of out of room. Lot of unread books I plan to get to some day hogging space. Like The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker, Pierre by Herman Melville, Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, stuff like that. I will get to them though. One day, I will finish those books.
All right, I'm done with this post. I'm off to read some more Watchman and watch a little Bourne Identity on DVD.
(By the way, Peggy wrote me an email today at about 4PM saying she'd made it to Paris safely and felt a little tired after the flight. I guess she'll be headed to China soon if she isn't en route already. The cat is, right this minute, laying next to the door, waiting for her to come home. I know. Pathetic.)