Why Ever Bother Picking Up A Pencil Again?

By | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1 comment
Today is, of course, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There are many tribute images floating around today, not surprisingly. Many are striking for a variety of reasons, but I'd like to post Jon Hasting's contribution to the 9/11 Emergency Relief anthology...
I remember it striking me for two reasons. First, it was one of the few comic pieces I saw that put into words why telling silly comic book stories about talking monkeys and mad scientists was not only okay, but necessary. Second, it the ONLY comic piece in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that specifically took advantage of comic book's unique method of storytelling. Other tribute pieces may have been drawn exceptionally well, or perfectly captured a torrent of emotions, or whatever, but Hastings' piece here IS comics in a way that none of them were.

Somewhat ironically (and, to my mind, disappointingly) because of the connections Hastings made while working on this anthology piece, he's largely stopped working on comics and become a photographer.
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Ethan said...

Wow, never saw this piece, but thanks for sharing. Really creative use of comic storytelling.