Behind The Panels
Comic Book Creators Interviews
Words and Art - Eric Powell
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Eric Powell has written us a Swan Song here.
In issue 39 of The Goon Eric Powell has finally illustrated some of his more outspoken frustrations. If you ever got the one shot "Satan's Sodomy Baby" you'll know what I'm talking about here.
Any fan of Marvel or DC comics should pick this book up to get a reality check. I can't afford to buy 37 Different titles from DC to get one complete story line, let me correct that "I won't buy 37 different titles..." The almighty dollar is what it really boils down to. Warner Bros. owns DC and Disney owns Marvel. Money makes the world go round and more money makes the pockets fatter, the stomachs happier and the smiles larger - however, the fatter pockets, happier stomachs and larger smiles aren't on the consumers and they never will be. Not as long as we keep spoon feeding ourselves garbage. Expensive garbage at that.
Eric Powell deftly maneuvers through these concerns in a brief 22 page span. It opens with a Stan Lee type letter and then includes everything from multiple origins and Costume changes to Cliche story lines and Super Heroes Code of conduct and rules. Even the modernized rehashing of titles get's tossed around with the Multicolored Goons and the many (hysterical) diverse ethnic back grounds and lost love/family/powers archetype stuff. All in all, it's a wonderful book, but here's the pull -
Eric Powell isn't saying F-U to Marvel or DC. He's saying to the fans "HEY! WAKE UP!" We don't need to settle for this type of shit if we don't want to. Comics (specifically Creator Owned and Indie Title comics and companies) can be SO MUCH MORE IF WE WANT THEM TO BE!! Madman, Concrete, The Goon, Mouseguard, Habibi, Blankets, Strangers in Paradise - all of them are 100 percent better than any Batman, Superman, Spiderman or X-men title. And yes, there's no doubt in my mind. The writing is better and the art is better. There's something better about one person and their creation versus a company with drones rehashing the same old garbage.
Eric Powell had something up on youtube sometime ago that really drove the point home - however, he has since taken it down, more than likely due to outcries from people who still wear Superman Skivvies to bed. So the ending of Issue 39 - the final panel - will have to drive the point home instead. It is the most beautiful panel on the page and it is a reminder to me why I read titles like the goon and other Creator owned titles.
What do you think?