Notes Towards an Appreciation of Erotic Comics
Many stories can be read within the history of comics. The mere mention of the term brings to mind the genre’s battle to legitimize itself as an important artistic and cultural form. However you look at it, the history of comics is also that of its struggle against power, against the constituted forms of what can and cannot be said (and shown). Most likely, no other of fine art has been so controlled, censored, and despised –even within the art world– as the form of art that Will Eisner preferred to call «sequential.»
The Chatter of the Cyclops
When power wants to rise as a totalitarian power, the pretension includes language. Under this type of ideological domination, language is rarefied and some of its particular traits atrophied: the prerogative to name the world, the ability to unveil truth. Language certainly becomes a prisoner, obscured and domesticated under the interests of power.