It’s a Burroughs-esque effort at creating a new piece of art by cutting up an existing one and re-purposing it.
My first reaction on seeing this was, “Wait. What? Seriously?” but I love comics destroyer/creator David Hines’ comment on it.
Don’t forget that a comic book is not an original work of art. It is a printed copy, created to be disposable. However, by using a comic book as material for a new creation – in this case a new cut-up narrative – it does become an original work of art, unique and arguably more ‘valuable’.
I have no problem with collectors choosing to keep their comics in nice condition as long as they still read them. For me, the really pointless ‘desecration’ of comics is to seal them forever in blocks of plastic.
You can buy your own copy and do the same thing if you have five or six hundred dollars lying around that you’re not using.
At one time — a long, long time ago in the dark days of high school — I wanted to draw comic books. All the time. For a living. The other day one of my old high school friends (What up, Morton?) popped by the house and gave me a concrete reminder of that. That is, embarrassing old teenage comic book art. Since I seem to love embarrassing myself here’s a panel from what was then going to be some sort of far-flung-future swords and sorcery epic. If my son gets his artwork on here, why not me?
Asking me to explain it will be met with, uh, threats to become one with the sands.
I’m looking forward to this arriving in the mail.
I can’t believe this movie is being made. Whether or not it ends up being good it’s pretty impressive for comic geeks like me to see something like this. Here’s a poster made for this weekend’s San Diego Comic Convention showing concept art of the Avengers in action.
It better be good.