Learning About Comics From Movies and a Quote of the Day

KC’s latest Westfield column draws some lessons for the comic industry from famous movie quotes. I’m a fan of this one:

Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Although for today’s Quote of the Day, I nominate this:

You can learn about words from comics, but not science.

That’s from the Fourcast! podcast on All-Star Superman, when they start talking about how cloning works in comics as opposed to real life. I’m sure we’ve all expanded our vocabulary from comics — “invulnerable” is a particular favorite for a certain generation — but yeah, not the best authority on how science really works.

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6 Responses to “Learning About Comics From Movies and a Quote of the Day”

  1. david brothers Says:

    Thanks! I should write Chris Claremont a thank you letter for all of the words he taught me. “Vernacular, deadpan,” and easily dozens more. Sometimes purple prose pays off.

  2. Joshua Says:

    Pretty sure you can learn about science from comics, you just have to read Larry Gonick instead of Grant Morrison. ;)

  3. Johanna Says:

    Oh, good reminder. Or Jim Ottaviani. Personally, I like Global Frequency as kind of a museum of pop technology.

  4. SKleefeld Says:

    I’ll also point to Jay Hosler (Sandwalk Adventures, Clan Apis, Optical Allusions, etc.) as a a good source of learning about science through comics. Though I haven’t read it personally, Mark Schultz’s “Stuff of Life” is supposed to be a pretty good look at how DNA works. And thought it’s primarily a biography, Doxiadis’ and Papadimitriou’s LogiComix gets into some solid mathematics and computer theory.

    It’s not so much that you can’t learn science from comics, it’s just that most professional comics writers simply don’t know the science in the first place.

  5. Johanna Says:

    Oh, yes, Jay’s work is great! I was disappointed by Stuff of Life for it being overstuffed. I’m sure it’s accurate, but I thought it threw too much at the reader too quickly. Still, I’m glad to see more books in this genre coming out every year.

  6. Jay Faerber Says:

    I remember very clearly that old FIRESTORM comics taught me the difference between “organic” and “inorganic” when I was a kid.

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