|Failure of suspended disbelief|
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The artist, the fan and the critic
The comic artist answers a fan and a critic…
Fan: So now you have a contract?
Artist: Yeah. Illustrating Where in the World is Dracula.
Fan: What did you do in that first one? Vampire in Detroit. No fangs, no cape?
Critic: It broke the myth.
Artist: Suited the location. Prosaic place.
Critic: It diluted the horror. No cape, no fangs, no fear.
Artist: Species adapt as they migrate.
Storytellers adapt narration, location, and decoration. Superman kisses Lois Lane on the moon. Earth in the background. No space suits, no air bubbles. My willing suspension of disbelief pops. The myth is broken by a splinter of science in my head. The old myth fails, the new myth flails. Methinks the artist doth simplify too much.