Friday, November 19, 2004


I checked Jason's Tell Me Something out of the library a couple months ago, and I finally got around to reading it. (Inconsiderate of me, I know.) As I was reading, I realized that I didn't like Jason's stone-faced anthropomorphic birds and dogs. And I don't much care for stone-faced characters in other alternative comics, for that matter. One of the things I like most about manga is that its characters' emotions are displayed on their faces. This is one of the things comics are good at; and unless the cartoonist wants to make the point that his characters are repressed (as with Ware), I don't see why s/he would want to throw this away. (Perhaps it's an overreaction to contemporary superhero comics, where the characters display "emotion" mainly by grimacing, at least in my limited experience of them.)

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