I decided, fairly last minute, to head to this with my son and I had NO idea that I would interview anyone. But once I was there I had my camera, so why the HELL not. I also went to a couple of panels which I thought were worth talking about (although my photos from both are dubious). My videos, which will be posting soon, also have rather dubious sound for which I apologize. I came unprepared. I was never a Boy Scout. This will not, regrettably, be as extensive as the stuff on the peripheral Art Basel fairs. But there is, in my mind, a connection.
One of the interesting parts of this sojourn included a few discussions I had, on and off camera, about “comic art” as “high art.” Personally I refuse to accept any such distinction as they remind me of days of yore when priests read entrails and told us our future or chatted with the most high in guarded rooms where the common dare not tread. Some guy dressed up as Wolverine has every right to pontificate about art as a MFA teaching at the Art Institute--although they might actually agree as well, I don’t sell all academics short mind you. And after decades of being ripped off by fine artists I suppose the artists behind comics are getting more of their due.
But beyond the art it is just a nice event for people of all ages; panels include discussions on comics of course, but also television and film. Shows including The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood were all represented. There are toys kids can actually play with and others you wouldn’t dare take out of the package lest Thor smite you.
A view from on high...or the food court
And please feel free to leave comments about dorkiness. I worked all day on my comebacks. It would be a terrible shame to waste them.