The Washington Post has a big feature by “lifelong Prose Guy” Bob Thompson on the realization that hey, comics are really growing in popularity these days. Investigating the matter further, he talks to Francoise Mouly and Adrian Tomine, and attends a lecture by Scott McCloud:
Now McCloud is taking audience questions, and here comes one that seems aimed in my direction.
What about those still-numerous naysayers, he is asked, who resist the idea that books filled with word balloons should be taken as seriously as pure prose? Isn’t there a way to educate those annoying old fogies — perhaps through some kind of “adult literacy campaign for comics”?
Sounds good to me. After all, isn’t education what I’m here for?
McCloud offers a different perspective. Some people will never get it, he says.
“And it’s okay. They’ll die.”
Thompson also teamed up with Mome artist Jonathan Bennet on a series of accompanying comic strips, (I like how Francoise Mouly looks like a Dick Tracy villain). If all that’s not enough, Doug Wolk does a review round-up of some recent titles (hat tip: Bill Kartalopoulos).