Friday, September 02, 2005

On Larsen's "old stuff" essay. 

"Your old stuff was better" is a horrible thing for any artist to hear. Speaking as a reader and a cartoonist, though, there are times when I've thought it myself. Not every artist gets better throughout their career. Some change, and some lose that special something, even as they improve as technicians. One example that comes to mind is
Lou Fine. I've heard both Joe Kubert and Gil Kane remark that Fine's work got slicker and more photographic over time, but that it lost the magic, the spark that made them love it in the first place. I can see what they mean:


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