Man-Size (man_size) wrote,

Comics aren't just for eyes anymore

Sam Henderson interviewed me and several other cartoonists about reading comix live in his essay, 'Comics aren't just for eyes anymore.'

"Dean Haspiel feels cartooning and performing are different media entirely. “Most of the text I write sounds absurd when read aloud,” he says. “Like novels, comics are co-authored by the reader, who fill in the blanks, and bring their sensibilities to the story. Reading comics out loud shifts the focus to the author and/or actors. Which isn’t necessarily prohibitive but probably not the best version of the story to indulge. It becomes more of an avant-garde performance piece than a comic.”

"Dean Haspiel also feels these readings woo new readers, adding, “I’ve definitely converted hesitant readers into picking up comic books after performing the bastardized version, and that’s worth it to me.”

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