§ Over the weekend, Tom thought a LOT about webcomics.
§ CBR interviews Eric Reynods about MOME not too long ago:
When you started “Mome,” you had something different from the typical alternative comics anthology in mind, correct?
Before “Mome” started, what I see as the dominant anthology that’s out there, at least in the terms as what I perceive as being the best work, was “Kramers Ergot,” and “NON” when Jordan Crane was doing that. A few other things here and there, but I guess that “Kramers” has become the big one. And I totally love it. I think that there has been some perception that “Mome” was at odds with “Kramers.” I never intended that to be the case, although I did intend for it to be very different. I simply wanted it to be more accessible. Some people may take that for better or worse because “accessibility” is going to imply a little bit more conservatism than you’d find with “Kramers.”
§ We usually avoid linkblogging to the outrageous statements of John Byrne, because that would be a daily website, but this takedown of CAPTAIN CARROT link which is going around is too funny not to share.
CAPTAIN CARROT was a virtual textbook of How to Get It Wrong. The internal logic was constantly skewed. What would prompt anyone to coin the term “pig iron” in a world inhabited, at least in part, by intelligent pigs? Wouldn’t that be an awful “racist” slur? What would an “alley cat” be in a world with intelligent cats? And, seriously, can we imagine a “real” superhero called, say, Captain Hamburger?
The book had all the earmarks of a “parody” — but, of course, it was a “parallel universe”, not a parody!! — done by civilians. By people who do not “get” the language of superhero comics. Appalling, when you consider who actually created it.
And let us never forget the solemn pronouncement from The Powers That Were, lo these many years ago —- “CRISIS is going to get rid of all the parallel Earths — except the one inhabited by Captain Carrot!”