Worth a Read
Posted by Steven Hayward
Frank MIller, Batman and Sin City comic artist, offers this worthy brief reflection on patriotism.
(Yes, I cant believe it either; Im actually linking to NPR. Im going to lie down now and take an aspirin.)
10:57 AM / September 24, 2006
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Miller recently announced that hes working on a new graphic novel in which Batman pits himself against terrorists.
One of my sons loves graphic novels and is always trying to persuade me that I will like this one or that one. Reading the ones he pushes is like being invited into someone elses nightmares. I find them very disagreeable.
This comic book artist sounds like something other. “Patriotism, I now believe, isnt some sentimental, old conceit. Its self-preservation.” This is a very sensible and while it, his graphic novel, will probably also be more violent than I might actually enjoy, it sounds like it will have more of C.S. Lewis "good dream" about it than the usual graphic nightmare.
Thanks, Steve, for taking the linking leap into NPR. I hope it didnt hurt, much.
I heard about this a while ago. It should be good, Frank Miller is very talented. He is the one who gave Batman back his edge after the the TV spoof nearly ruined him. Another graphic novel Miller wrote which might be of interest to the readers of this blog is called "300", and, yes, it is about the Battle of Thermopylae. Its being made into a movie due to come out this fall or spring, I cant remember which.