Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Comics has an Updike

A letter to Newsweek, in response to our friend and former Columbia Spectator colleague Adam Kushner's review of a graphic novel:
To the editor -

Adam Kushner ("An Imperfect Storm", Aug 14) is right that comics take
a long time to make, especially for the lone creator who has no inker,
colorist, or letterer to whom to spread the burden. But he is wrong
that there is no John Updike in comics -- his name was Will Eisner,
and he has a library of work to demonstrate both his Updikean
prolificness and his consistent insight into quotidian matters. He is
also wrong that profound metaphor has been absent from recent graphic
novels; I point readers to Charles Burns's "Black Hole", a masterly
tale of teenage anxieties manifesting as physically real.

-Ben Wheeler

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