Aug. 9th, 2018

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"HEY KIDS! COMICS! takes its cue from nearly a century of turbulence and triumph, despair and drama in the comic book racket. Artists and writers, con men and clowns, ganefs and gangsters, create the foundations of today’s biggest entertainment business—or at least the tail that wags the dog. Some of it really happened, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty... ... although in the end, everyone was guilty of something."

- Image Comics press release

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The fundamental philosophy is this: “you’ve created a world so the stories you tell should be world-sized.” Which, y’know… is fine, but really doesn’t need to be the only rule. I mentioned Bladerunner before? That’s an exquisite example of an exception. That movie presents a huge, grinding, exotic, depressing, extraordinary new world… and then proceeds to tell us a fairly small story within it. The outcome doesn’t particularly change the fictional world or the way it runs; the protagonist doesn’t Win or Lose the day (in fact he arguably has no direct agency with the ending at all); and yet it’s rightly regarded as a masterpiece. It’s intriguing, it’s classy. It seems to say: yeah, we’ve built this world, but fuck you if you think that’s all we’ve got. That’s not even the Main Event, kids. Behold: story! That’s our angle-of-attack on The Spire. -- Si Spurrier

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