Wilson

Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:53 pm
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Posted this last year but I figured with the film coming out tomorrow (the trailer can be viewed here) it might be worth another look. 













































Date: 2017-03-23 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
I'd really love it if Scott Koblish drew a Deadpool "inventory story" (the one-off parody issues they do every six issues or so) in this style, purely because of the name.

Date: 2017-03-24 09:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
"Nextwave" did a Clowes-like three-page story in which Machine Man works in a medical insurance company's complaints department and has a horrible meltdown over how frustratingly pointless his life is.

Date: 2017-03-23 11:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
This depressed me.

Date: 2017-03-24 01:30 am (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
So what'd he do to get six years in jail? Other than be an asshole to everyone, that is. :D

Date: 2017-03-24 12:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
It's made a little more clear in some pages that aren't here, but notice what Pippi says at the bottom of page 51 (and she mentioned on at least one page that isn't here): 'kidnapping'. Essentially Wilson goes searching for his ex-wife and finds her (though he doesn't even recognize her at first). They hook-up (though it's pretty clear its mostly just for some quick casual sex...at least for Pippi). Wilson, however, is so self-involved that he starts coming off as a manic and, if you're not him, possibly dangerous; Pippi is clearly feeling like she has to go along because Wilson could be a dangerous crazy person and starts saying so, as Wilson is convinced that he can suddenly have a family and drags them off on a 'family trip' with a girl he met a few minutes ago and his ex-wife, taking them on an uncomfortable trip including forcing them to stay at the motel.

Wilson is so oblivious, he doesn't notice his ex-wife's 10,000 mile stare is the look of someone who thinks she's a hostage to a crazy person. He's really an incredibly terrible person.

Date: 2017-03-24 10:10 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
I'm sure there's a non-villain character I hate more than this guy, but I can't think who it might be. Maybe Chris Ware's Jordan Wellington Lint from Acme Novelty Library #20, the comic that convinced me I could only handle so much Ware. But it's a close race.

Date: 2017-03-24 04:28 pm (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
Interesting you should mention Ware, because when I read this post last night one of my first thoughts was that Wilson seems (judging from these selections) the flip side of Ware's Jimmy Corrigan. Both characters are deeply unhappy individuals who desperately want others to like them. But whereas Jimmy is passive, timid and obsessively self-loathing, Wilson is aggressive and brazen, and turns his hatred outward. And thus both men fail to form genuine connections with others,* but for contrasting reasons.

*Though Jimmy Corrigan does end with a glimmer of hope in that regard.

Date: 2017-03-25 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
Lint's certainly like both of them in that "failing to form connections" sense, and he's got a default mood of misery that makes him easy to pity, but also an abusive streak that's hard to forgive.

He seems to recognize on some level what a terrible person he is, while Wilson just sort of inflicts himself on everyone around him. It's less painful to spend time with Wilson, but dear God is he irritating.

Both of these are constrained formal experiments in service to what I'm pretty sure the authors believe about life. ANL20 is written with each page representing a year of Lint's life and Wilson shifts styles slightly with each strip. There's a grand tradition in comics of the most formally experimental stuff being the most true to life, as if by stepping away from genre trappings, creators feel obliged to invent their own.

It's just that for all their skill, Ware and Clowes only seem to be good at portraying certain kinds of lives, and there's only so much time I want to spend with 'em. And in Wilson and ACM there's no escape. (At least Building Stories bounces around a lot.)

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