Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Dropsie Avenue

I recently found my more complete Will Eisner folder. His history here through comic book serialization vividly portrays the concept of home changes over time.. The hope is that kids can be inspired to create their own comics. There is a new OSX application called Comic Life (not to be confused with Comic Maker, which blows) that makes it simple to do this. Here is a critique of Dropsie Avenue from Amazon. I agree with much of it. Nevertheless, I believe the book has much value and the criticisms can be addressed with the use of accountable talk.
"An acknowledged master of the comics medium who has been instrumental in its creative and business development since the early 1930s, Eisner (Contract With God, To the Heart of the Storm) virtually invented the serious American book-length comics narrative. But his fiction has problems. Dropsie Avenue is an ambitious story of the life, death and incipient rebirth of a South Bronx neighborhood, much like the one Eisner grew up in, over the span of a 120 years. While the work details the Dutch, Irish and English settlers, the once-rural borough's urban transformation and the waves of immigrants and social trauma that followed, it is terribly flawed by a cloying sentimentality and a hollow, stereotypic rendering of the ethnic experience. Even his virtuoso draughtsmanship and composition appear to have ossified into self-imitation and pictorial cliche. Despite his obvious affection for urban life, Eisner reduces decades of social patterns to unsatisfying, symbolic characterizations that awkwardly represent an era, rather than embodying genuinely wrought, particularized human interaction. Drawings are in b&w." Here's a portion of the book in slide show format.


Anonymous said...

I like the way you slipped in Accountable Talk.


Anonymous said...

I don't think the term's usage is really correct in this instance.


Anonymous said...

I notice how your padding you blog with quotes from other sources.

David Bellel said...

That's what my a-hole brother in law does in his blog.

Anonymous said...

You mean Dr. Bloor, or is it Dr. Bore?

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