• Irma Kniivila

What stories, and why comics?

Updated: May 5

"Never get so attached to a poem you forget truth that lacks lyricism"

Joanna Newsom - En Gallop

Thinking about stories a lot lately (by virtue of working on at least 3 at any given time). Sometimes things happen in real life that are not meaningful, at least not by the boundaries of narrative artifice. Certainly not by the standards of a three-act film-style structure

But nonetheless, it's life. So there must be something there worth examining.

In other news, I taught a 4th year elective course on comics in the Sheridan Illustration program this semester. It's been a really wonderful privilege, to give a prompt and see what wonderful work comes back, and to talk to students who are solidifying their voices and starting their careers.

The experience has made me question again, "why comics?"

Why not just write prose? Comics take forever to make, and then the reading process is fast, which means you might take years creating something that takes...half an hour to read. What does a comic give you that a prose novel doesn't? (Both for artist and reader?)


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