Peter Handke said "if a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood."
Stories are how we come to understand the world we live in and navigate it as we grow. With luck, a human being will find one or two in childhood that he or she can carry for an entire life. After all, without a childhood, how can we ever properly grow into adults?
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has been safeguarding the rights of comic book professionals for almost forty years now. Recently, they launched the Comics Connector online resource, which helps schools find people who work in the comic book field to come for visits and discussions. For more on this excellent initiative to tap into the form's educational potential, have a look at this article from School Library Journal, which includes comments from yours truly.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
This relationship is proudly on display in Superman 43, where it reaches a new level as Lois makes an impossible decision for Superman that he fails to make for himself. At the heart of all this, of course, is Mr. Yang's ability to write compelling characters and to find a certain heroism even in those who aren't superheroes.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
In the episode "Out of Commission" Tony Danza's hard-luck boxer Tony Banta faces the revocation of his boxing license after one too many knockouts in a row. When asked why he even wants to continue in such a brutal sport anyway, Tony responds "I can't say I've ever had a great fight. Hell, I can't even say I've had a great round. But there have been moments." He recounts a particular combination of "left, right, left hook" that left the crowd speechless and made him the equivalent of any of the champion boxers who ever lived. "I always thought that someday I'd put a few of those great moments together and have that great fight."
We build, little by little, in fits and starts, touching greatness and then seeing it recede, only to dive back into mediocrity knowing that next time, we have a chance of holding onto greatness just a little bit longer. This applies to boxing, Little League, writing, and whatever else a human being might do to achieve something that resonates for everyone.