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Quote of the Day: Ricky Gervais

13 Oct
Jonathan Ross at Live 8

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“If people are given a chance to appreciate more sophisticated things, then they would. I think that’s true in all walks of life. You know, it’s an acquired taste, and the best things are an acquired taste.”

– Ricky Gervais, The Ricky Gervais Show

 

I think this really sums up how comics (and all media) need to avoid the lazy out of pandering to the lowest common denominator, and instead strive to produce more sophisticated work that can both entertain and inform. (The webcomic Hark! A Vagrant is a terrific example of this; more on this soon.)

The success of South Park, The Simpsons, and Family Guy (among others) is that they appeal on several different levels: they can have ridiculously stupid humor while generating brilliant commentary. Charlie Chaplin’s genius was revealed in doing this in films like The Immigrant. Walt Disney and his animators did this in The Skeleton Dance and The Band Concert (and, later, Fantasia): Continue reading

Comic-Con 2011

6 Sep
Comic-Con

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I was able to attend Comic-Con in San Diego back in July for the first time in years. I got to reconnect with a lot of old friends and make a lot of new friends (Hi, everybody!). And I somehow managed to not spend a ton of money on comics, which kept my lovely wife from murdering me.

The best thing about Comic-Con is that you can pretty much do whatever you want and have a blast – as long as you’re not trying to get into the movie/TV panels (it’s not much fun waiting in line for hours). This trip was strictly business, at least during the day: I focused on meeting old friends and making professional contacts, and attending panels that would make me a better writer and publisher. (I’m still torn about whether to self-publish my own work when it’s ready – it’s still very much in progress at the moment.)

I learned that it’s important to have friends at the Con who look for fun opportunities: Continue reading

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