J. Sweig begged, "Please, no more. Ever," while
John L. Simons Jr. expressed something more akin to my own feelings:
"Keep 'em coming!"
It occurs to me, though, that, like the good University
of Chicago alums we are, we might do best to refer to the literature
on this issue. When in doubt, go to the library, right?
Lucky for you, I've already done the dirty work:
I recommend Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (HarperCollins,
1994), as well as his second volume, Reinventing Comics. Go at
it with the open mind U of C students are supposedly famous for,
and I guarantee McCloud will deepen your understanding of the
power and potential of the comics medium, not to mention deepening
your appreciation of Jessica Abel's back page. (Also check out
Abel's comic Artbabe, published by Fantagraphics Books and available
at most comics stores).
Once the groundwork has been laid, you're ready
for a true masterpiece: The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman, published
by DC Comics' Vertigo label. Don't be surprised to see Gaiman's
book on a Hum syllabus near you in the next decade or two....
New York City