A Day Like No Other

It is with red and brimming eyes that we must say goodbye to Dylan Horrocks today, who has turned in his fifth Cartoonist's Diary entry for us.

Tucker Stone seems a little out of sorts himself this morning, though for his own reasons (read: he spends too much time thinking about superhero comics). Experience his crackup in real time in the latest installment of Comics of the Weak.

And Matthew Thurber and Rebecca Bird team up to join our stable of reviewers, with a jointly written appraisal of Bill Griffith's mammoth retrospective, Lost and Found.

Elsewhere, new dad Dan Nadel has an article on David Shrigley for the Brooklyn Rail.

BK Munn entertainingly argues with the cover feature from the latest issue of Broken Pencil, which itself is an attempted take-down of "high-art" zines from the likes of people like Marc Bell and Amy Lockhart.

Brandon Graham always gives good interview.

Finally, and not really comics, the online reaction (shock, outrage, supreme umbrage) to this fan- and critic-baiting New York Times interview with The Wire creator David Simon reminds me more than a little of whining and hurt feelings that appear whenever Alan Moore gives a cranky interview dismissing dumb comic books. I don't think I will ever understand why people take these kinds of comments from artists personally. Simon got up peoples' noses by saying that it is impossible to accurately judge a television show's success until the whole thing can be seen. This is true. Critics get mad because what are they supposed to do? Wait five years before reviewing a series? What they are supposed to do is not care what David Simon thinks about them. You aren't writing for the artists, you're writing for yourself and your readers. And that goes double if you aren't even a critic. The only reason to care if Alan Moore thinks you're too dumb to read his comic is if you have a sneaking suspicion he may be right. In which case, go hit the library or take a class or something. Jeez.

Happy Pesach and/or Easter, et cetera.

10 Responses to A Day Like No Other

  1. I thought about the Simon interview in the Alan Moore context as well, but I think it rankled with people for a few reasons above and beyond the Moore-congruent stuff. First he’s not really talking about critics, but anyone who enjoyed the show and talked about it to people, which is essentially everyone who enjoyed the show — very different from Moore swinging at people at DC who wronged him, or the fact that there are so many shitty comics, or Joel Silver. Second he’s long been what you could euphemistically refer to as “outspoken” and now people look forward to having another reason to point out what a loudmouth jerk he is. Third, maybe it’s just me, but does David Simon REALLY want people not to say word one about The Wire until after they watch that godawful final season? His comments were all too resonant with its blend of narcissism, didacticism, sentimentality, and silliness. (The rest of the show was pretty great though!)

  2. Tim Hodler says:

    I think you’re mostly right, but again, critics shouldn’t care whether or not David Simon wants them to talk about The Wire before it’s done, or whether or not he approves of any of their opinions. And also again, that goes double for people who aren’t critics. He’s a guy who made a tv show, not your friend, you know?

  3. Derik Badman says:

    Sounds like Simon really wants to make 12 hour movies so people have to see the whole thing at once. He could be the Jacques Rivette of American cinema…

    I do wish Treme got more attention (despite what Simon says) (and it’s odd that interview barely mentions it). Just finished watching it all and I thinks it’s a really strong show.

  4. Sean T. Collins says:

    Should/shouldn’t doesn’t enter into it, almost. I mean, of course you’re right, but most people are naturally going to have a reaction when someone goes “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!” to them, even if it’s just some dude; that goes double when it’s someone who made something you really love, and what he’s alleging you’re doing wrong is the act of loving it.

  5. Sean T. Collins says:

    Looked like that interview was originally about something else entirely, but the interviewer saw some red meat over in the corner of the cage and decided to keep throwing it. All that “and how bad are recaps and live-tweets, amirite” business.

  6. Sean Michael Robinson says:

    The whole interview seems completely reasonable to me. Both Simon and Moore are guilty of one thing–not taking on the continuously grateful pose of the pop star, the kind of attitude people have come to expect from all of their dancing-bear counterparts in the world of entertainment. I can imagine how exhausting it must be to have people you meet, interviewers you encounter, whomever, continually referring to something that, for you, is done and gone, and using that thing, whether it be television series or “graphic novel”, as a tool to bludgeon your current work. I can see how that would be fucking exhausting.

  7. Simon now appears to have found the interview unreasonable himself, at least according to what he says in this new, longer one:

    He walks back most everything, save his perfectly reasonable contentions that seeing too much “Who was cooler, Omar or Stringer/Which was better, Season 2 or Season 3” competition-style talk bums him out, and that reviewing a 12- or 13-part story one part at a time is less than ideal. Seems like the initial interview just caught him at a bad moment.

  8. patrick ford says:

    I’ve no problem with Simon. I’ve never even heard of him, and haven’t read the interview, but from what I understand his complaints shouldn’t bother anyone.
    I don’t see much of a comparison to Moore though. Some of Moore’s complaints are similar it seems, but the difference is the way DC has tried to manipulate Moore on a personal level. Moore didn’t see the loophole in his Watchmen contract big enough for an aircraft carrier to sail through. Moore is not happy that he got taken playing Three-Card-Monte with DC and to express this he wants to cut ties. He very generously cedes his royalties to Gibbons with the simple request Gibbons quit talking to him about The Watchmen. Instead DC uses Gibbons to keep pushing Watchmen related things in his face, and even involves a friend of Moore’s who is ill, and in need of money.
    It’s just disgusting. It’s a wonder Moore is as controlled and polite as he is when asked about these subjects. Imagine if he took the tone of the corporation worshiping trolls who attack him on message boards who don’t even have a stake in the topic aside from the fact they want more (not Moore) Watchmen comics and movies.

  9. Tim Hodler says:

    Ha ha! Thanks, Sean.

  10. “I’ve no problem with Simon. I’ve never even heard of him, and haven’t read the interview, but from what I understand his complaints shouldn’t bother anyone.”

    The single greatest comment ever written

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