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AVATAR is the BIRTH OF A NATION of film’s second century. It’s an epoch-launching masterwork that will be studied, referenced, copied, built upon, and thought of as the undeniable birthpoint of an artform’s modern era, whatever “modern” means for the next hundred years. It should absolutely be seen in 3D Imax, and absolutely avoided, at all costs, in any other format. I can’t imagine a more punishing three hours in cinema this year, and that’s including the notion of seeing HOTEL FOR DOGS twice back to back. Fourteen years, four-hundred and fifty bozillion dollars, and nobody read the script.
GQ: You’ve said that one of the reasons it’s been two years since the last all-new issue of Casanova is that you and your artists—the Twins, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba—needed to go off and do some work that actually paid, for a change.
Were you being facetious, or was the hiatus actually an economic decision?
No. Money hadn’t really started coming into the twins until well into [Casanova] Volume 2. Gabriel drew the first six or seven issues without seeing a dime. With the exception of when [Fraction’s 2003 graphic novel] Last of the Independents was optioned—there was a little check for that—I’ve never made a dime on my creator-owned stuff. Or if I have, it’s been very few dimes. Little enough to not actually know. But Casanova I know for a fact I’ve not made a penny on. It’s all gone back to the twins, to try to pay back their page rate and get them to a point where they’ve not been working for free. But, I mean, Gabriel drew all of his volume without seeing a dime and Fabio did his. Now those checks drib and drab in, call them minor at best, it’s no way to make a living. People do, people get lucky, but we’re not those guys. We did not catch that lightning in a bottle.
Falling in love with art empowers its creation. There is far too much subtraction surrounding us. Snark and derision have consumed discourse; contempt is bred from the entitlement borne of access. Mockery and mehmenship are tolerated, somehow, and treated as being more valid than the purported abomination at which they are aimed. I am tired, I am exhausted, I am repelled, by the subtractive. It is cheap and it is easy and it is so very far beneath what we are capable of creating. Do not be cheap. Do not be easy. You diminish yourself; you diminish us all.
Matt Fraction, in the backmatter of CASANOVA #1 from Icon.
From Casanova #4 [Marvel/Icon] by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba. This page is pretty much why I love this series. This issue also has an excellent interview with comics living legend Howard Chaykin, talking about American Flagg! and how it influenced Matt. I’ve never read Flagg! But that’s one of the wonderful things about these Icon books, almost all of them have back-matter like this with interesting articles on stuff pertaining to the book so I always walk away with not just a wonderful and rewarding comics reading experience, but I also get something that I likely haven’t seen or read that I should look into.
Shhhhhhhittttt. Pretty much the kind of day I’m having, with a paper due tomorrow. I’ll probably end up using Bronson to procrastinate.