- Posted by Johanna on May 22, 2006 at 11:48 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
The very smart Kevin Maroney takes on the question of why American comics were considered only for kids for so long.
…Carl Barks, whose works were read with delight by all ages in the US in the past and in much of Europe to this day. But Barks was never in a position to market his work as his own work, and his publishers strongly discourged any possible audience from even identifying his works, let alone preserving or showcasing them. Comics publishers wanted N disposable pages every month, fired into the market and forgotten; encouraging people to think in terms of “Carl Barks” (or even “Siegel and Shuster”) didn’t fit their business models at all.
The difference between comics publishing in Europe (and Japan) and the United States seems to me largely tracable to that active suppression of the creator.
It’s true, movies began being taken seriously as art when French critics identified the director as the auteur whose vision was on display. To think about art, we have to be able to identify the artist.