Comics are a form of literature that will never die. Recently a comic came across my computer that got me thinking about how comics evolve and continue to exist. In class we looked at the blog Garfield minus Garfield, as well we have two different versions of Batman on our syllabus. Comics seem to exist and evolve outside the ‘normal’ literature. Characters are reused by different authors and artists are constantly redrawing and designing characters, this is especially notable in the superhero industry. In the case of Garfield minus Garfield the author of the blog simply erased Garfield to show John as an angst ridden existentialist, this evolution of a newspaper comic strip to something different shows how any comic can evolve through the collaboration of others and be accepted and promoted. I am aware that there are comic authors and artists out there that would take offense if their work was being used for a different purpose or characters were being used by another author. Yet the collaboration that occurs in comics between artists, writers, and designer is different than any other form of literature.
Comics are sometime looked down upon by other writers of literature and yet the comic form can present a collaboration of talents and bring artists together to create these works. It is funny to think of how many different versions of Batman there are, how many writers and artists have contributed to its creation and evolution. The character doesn’t die when one writer is finished with it but continues on in new forms. Yet when an author of a novel finishes their work, their characters are done and they are the ultimate authority on their characters. Fan fictions certainly pop up but unless the plot is written by the original author the stories have very little credit. Whereas when a new artist and writer pick up a comic character they have the ability to evolve the character and story beyond the original.
The comic that caught my attention and spurred this blog can be found here:
This artist took the Pokemon universe and turned it into a film noir styled comic but sadly they only did it for 4 pages (so far).
– How would you feel if another author picked up your favorite authors characters and began writing a story about the characters?
– Is this an attributing factor to the perception that comics are a “lesser’ form of literature?
-Teigan Blondin de Boer