Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Comic books ARE real life

"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music," said Walter Pater; but all life aspires to the condition of comic books.

When I put away childish things, I foolishly put away the Daleks, Brainiac, the Joker, Ming the Merciless... They are real, and so is our battle against them. It's the losers, hampered by empathy, versus the worldly winners who lack it. The victory is in the resisting. As James Michie said:

Now I look at the war as a sportsman. It's a matter of choosing
The decentest way of losing.
Heads or tails, losers or winners,
We all lose, we're all damned sinners.
And I'd rather be with the poor cold people at the wall that's shot
Than the bloody guilty devils in the firing-line, in Hell and keeping hot.'

(Pic source)


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Paddington said...

We still watch the Doctor here.

A K Haart said...

Was the Mekon our first warning about green dictatorship?