META: The Problem of Fourth Wall Breaking

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Sat Aug 2 06:06:19 PDT 2008

On Aug 2, 6:51 am, Tarq <mitchell_cro... at> wrote:

> PS -- On a related note, are talking snails really that much more
> absurd than flying humans?

No. :-)

Though the point isn't whether or not it's more absurd.  The great
thing about this genre is that you can take things that are absurd on
their face-- giant green man in tiny purple pants, cosmic gods at war,
talking apes or snails, grown men dressed up in pajamas-- and take it
seriously: not as camp, but as art and drama.

Those who fail to understand that-- and, indeed, to embrace it-- are
less likely to enjoy or comprehend the appeal of the genre's more
fantastical contingent: Kirby, Morrison, Busiek.  And while there's
certainly a lot more in the genre besides that, I'd hate to live in a
world without it.


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