"It’s about misunderstandings between people and places, being disconnected and looking for moments of connection. There are so many moments in life when people don’t say what they mean, when they are just missing each other, waiting to run into each other in a hallway."
Sofia Coppola on Lost in Translation (2003)
I think of comics in terms of collage because it provides me with a simple and non-threatening way to get started on a comic: just put things together. I guess I define collage broadly as the art of juxtaposition, and even though that’s hopelessly vague as an art-historical definition, it sort of makes sense when applied to comics, which are basically juxtapositions of little drawings, or juxtapositions of words and drawings, or words and a drawing, or maybe things in a single drawing. I’m not that interested in academic argument over whether all collages are comics. I’m more interested in the freedom suggested by the collage model. The alternative, or one alternative, is to think of comics as a story-telling medium which absolutely frightens me, because then you get into soul-killing rules about dramatic arcs and conflict and character development. Storytelling tends to champion a linear effect. Collage, on the other hand, aims simply for connections–sometimes linear, but sometimes intuitive–or counter-intuitive or absurd.
My first awareness of comics was seeing a daily newspaper comics page. Comics in newspapers still strike me as strange in a beautiful way: in the newspaper, you have page after page of text and photographs, all about the real world, or an official version of it, and suddenly you have a page or two of little drawings in boxes, in different styles, all about these made-up worlds. The newspaper comics page–really, the newspaper as a whole–is a readymade collage."
John Hankiewicz in an interview with Onsmith. Windy Corner Magazine #2, edited by Austin English (Sparkplug Comicbooks, 2007). (via madinkbeard)
I have a long term project relating to just this.(via sculptressgathers)
"The best way to dehumanize someone while claiming you’re not is to believe you are just the same. You erase their experiences and perspective, their struggles and obstacles, their unique way of having to deal with those things in a world that also erases them. With the words, ‘but humans are humans’ or the bullshit dramatics of ‘we all bleed red’ normal people can simply pretend that if we all did things the way they did, then everything would work out okay. But, yes, we all bleed red but you don’t treat a papercut the same way you treat a gash, you don’t treat an infected wound the same way you treat one that isn’t, you don’t treat a wound to the leg the same way you treat a wound to the gut. You are not acknowledging someone’s personhood when you ignore the very things that make their lives different than yours, and when you refuse to understand that their circumstances have given them their own perspective that is just as valid as yours. More valid in fact – their perspective about their experiences that you haven’t been through is far more valid than anything you could ever think about it."
Truth bomb if I ever saw one.