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Subnormality: A Saturday Evening in the Future, or Stairs. (Previously.) posted by WCityMike (13 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yes, it's a wall of text, but that's not unusual for Winston Rowntree, and like most of his stuff, he's worth reading through the wall of text.
posted by WCityMike at 11:12 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


For me, Princess Washburn remains his greatest work.

I was a little disappointed that the horsemen were all men.
posted by poe at 11:51 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


@poe: I think the horsemen are Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. Are there female advocates of atheism that are more popularly known than any of those four?
posted by Picklegnome at 12:05 AM on June 7, 2010


Specially, they are The Four Horsemen of New Atheism.

(yes, it's dumb)
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:30 AM on June 7, 2010


This appears to be an extremely long-winded rehash of the saying "the longest journey begins with a single step."
posted by TheophileEscargot at 1:32 AM on June 7, 2010


I mean, you get warned right at the top of the page: 'comics with too many words since 2007.'
posted by kaibutsu at 1:34 AM on June 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Woo! This guy is fantastic. I've been reading him for ages, wading through the walls of text and trying to piece together his fictionalized Toronto.

(pro tip: none of his bus routes go where they're supposed to. Then again, this can often be said of the TTC)
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 1:42 AM on June 7, 2010


Funny how we went all the way from hand-lettered illuminated texts in the middle ages, to Gutenberg, through the age of moveable type, to linotype, to desktop publishing, to cloud text, and back to hand-lettered illuminated texts in the space of 400 years. People do like that human touch.
posted by Faze at 4:21 AM on June 7, 2010


The Sphynx appears to prefer preying on passengers on the 144 Downtown Express, and seems to live in one of those tidy little 1950s houses in East York.
posted by scruss at 4:39 AM on June 7, 2010


Rowntree is the Goofus to Scott McCloud's Gallant.

Too many words completely obviates the comics form. Too much telling, not enough showing, and the text is too irregular and cramped to read comfortably. I'm sorry, but the point that's trying to be explained is lost in useless exposition, pontification and reiteration, without the benefit of a properly formatted paragraph.

In short, he's =lazy=, and refuses to put in the panels needed to flesh his text out, and expects the reader to pick up the slack.

It may be a fine essay, but it's a crummy comic. Actually, it's a crummy essay, as it relies on illustrations, without having the decency to be an illustrated essay.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:42 AM on June 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


I mean, you get warned right at the top of the page: 'comics with too many words since 2007.'

That's like saying the label "WARNING: Sprays salt in eyes" excuses the OcuSalinator 3000.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:56 PM on June 7, 2010


Slap*Happy: It may be a fine essay, but it's a crummy comic. Actually, it's a crummy essay, as it relies on illustrations, without having the decency to be an illustrated essay.

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posted by WCityMike at 7:02 PM on June 7, 2010


I think it's a good comic. He's not "lazy". I understand your point, Slap*Happy, but I think there are other standards by which to judge it, rather than "does it have enough illustrations for a comic" or "does it have too many illustrations for an essay".
posted by neuromodulator at 8:53 PM on June 7, 2010


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