thefirmamentblog said: What's the most distressing issue about our modern human condition that your Sci-fi extrapolation (in fiction or comics) can alleviate?
That’s not what sf, or any fiction, is really for. I had this conversation the other day with a friend. I’m currently of the position that art isn’t effective when it seeks to provoke either hope or despair: that the most art can aspire to do is tell you that you’re not alone.
[i love warren ellis]
dr manhattan by chip zdarsky (via warren ellis - GUEST INFORMANT: CHIP ZDARSKY’S WATCHMEN 2)
warren ellis says: “Comics creator Chip Zdarsky — dimly related by birth to Canada’s National Post cartoonist and thwarted Toronto mayoral candidate Steve Murray — is currently writing his autobiography, and has very kindly shared a chapter of said tome with me. Herein, he relates the story of the time he was offered the job of creating the WATCHMEN comics sequel.”
[zdarsky = funniest canadian ever!]
a grave with no name, SOFIA.
[via warren ellis’ last podcast SPEKTRMODULE which is lovely!]
And pop theorist Simon Reynolds is saying that Pop Will Eat Itself were right all along, because pop is eating itself, pop is now almost completely self-referential, not least because we live in this weird period of atemporality where a century of pop music is available wholly and freely and we’re trapped in a time loop of retromania.
But Amanda Brown of the Not Not Fun label says that’s the least modern attitude you can have towards the near future of pop, because, “There’s been almost no era when art hasn’t been hugely about the past – whether reacting to it, recreating it, destroying it.”
She also said this: “Of course I’m inspired by the past, but I’m not trying to re-live it. Styles don’t die; house music isn’t just about the era of its “golden years.” The history of it is still being written.” Which speaks directly to the hardcore continuum theory – tracking the evolving, mutating genestream of dance music through twenty-odd years. The history is still being written. The continuum continues, as continuums tend to do."
marley zarcone (via warren ellis)
[warren ellis has artists of all kinds do three panels for him from time to time. they’re like a wonderful pop hook. THREE PANELS are lovely and scary and head-scratchingly odd…but it’s one of the few things that only comics can do that no other artistic form can. check ‘em all out.]