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Now now, didn't anyone ever tell him, "there are no such things as stupid questions... just stupid people"?

Once again with the overly broad definitions! So if I want to kick back and read a book (which could be argued to be for survival, by some I guess, but most wouldn't be quite that strict) is that considered art? Yeesh. (I mean not the book itself, but my reading of it. To myself. Alone.)

And after eight pages (a good third of the chapter), we finally get to the mention of the six steps in the chapter title. Pacing, dude!

The steps are a bit weird. When "Idiom" doesn't even have "idiom" in its description, and is instead ocused on style or genre, why isn't it called one of those, for simplicity's sake? And the bit about "the new kid" and the shiny surface... bitter, much? :p

I'd also suggest that not every creation follows those six steps as he claims, given that people work in different ways, for different purposes! I mean, like steps 3, 4, 5, and 6 might all be blurred together in a work that someone doesn't plan out, but just creates. But again, maybe I'm being needlessly picky. And he also seems to be using it more for a person's art in general so... I dunno. He has some good points, but he also seems to be trying to shoehorn life experience into a certain structure that may or may not work for all cases and lives.

"Hostility, rejection, and poverty are also possible, of course." Heh. And ouch.

Anyhow, please discuss!

Next week, the penultimate chapter! Which sounds just so dramatic. See the schedule! For the whole two entries left for this book...


Sep. 22nd, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: interview with Stan Lee in Game Informer
Huh, very nice timing! Yeah, you can tell how times have changed (or at least are changing) even since the book was written, since that was still coming from the viewpoint that comics are automatically seen as "kiddy" and not held in any esteem for the most part.

Which I think is still the default viewpoint for a lot of people, but views are starting to shift, especially if people are thinking of specifics rather than generalities. Which is to say, I think that even people who tend to see comics as generally less mature, weighty, etc., can readily admit/realize that there are exceptions to this.