- Posted by Johanna on December 21, 2007 at 8:06 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Comics expert and university professor M. Thomas Inge has written an introductory essay praising the art form called Who Cares About the Comics? for the local free weekly paper’s website.
Although few have recognized the cultural and aesthetic values of the comic strip, and its partner the comic book, the time has come to acknowledge that these are no ephemeral forms of entertainment, although printed on cheap paper and designed to be thrown away. Rather they are a significant part of our heritage to be cherished for their enduring artistic and social importance.
The 21st century is a time in which most of the information we need is conveyed to us visually, by way of the television, film, ipod, or computer screen. The comics, then, and its latest development the graphic novel, are admirably suited to engage the interest of people with a cultural experience that is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying. With the comics in hand, we will remain verbally and visually literate and hopefully a little more cheerful and humane.