LETTER No. 1 June 21, 1999
|Well, here's our very first letter considered for inclusion on the
web site's letters page. And it's from Geoff Grogan, a good friend of the show, a long time listener who was inspired
by the program to self-publish Dr. Speck, which can now be viewed at http://hometown.aol.com/speck35132/DrSpeck/DrSpeckHome.htm
Drop by and take a look at the online version of the comic.
We've recieved many letters from Geoff in the past, and they've always been insightful and appreciated. If you
wish to respond, and have it included here, then e-mail
us here, or drop Geoff a line personally...his address
is linked at the bottom of his letter, as will all published correspondence.
Just like the real letters pages of old, we want to foster an open communication between fans.
Stellar show with Denny O'Neil! I've listened to the tape 3 times already! Mr.O'Neil had interesting stories to
tell and insightful comments.Like many, I admire his contributions from the "relevancy era" - which hold
up quite well from my point of view, and I think his statements that comics "ought to do whatever they can
do" and that comics should be... "on a parity with other art forms..." are really on the mark. The
sixties/seventies generation of writers really created the environment for so much of the innovative work done
in the decades since.
Another interesting point was that Marvel and DC were "revolving doors" yet kept their respective identities--which
I suppose is still true. How does that happen? -- might be an interesting starting point for a show! Also-having
had experiences w/alcoholism, I appreciated O'Neil's frank observations of the disease and his / Tony Stark's struggle.
Finally--I thought the caller two weeks ago who suggested that comics
should "become more violent" opened up some interesting territory for debate-while at the same time I
think that mindset simply perpetuates the infantile aspects of the medium. Comics can do as much as film--and should
be undertaking projects as deep as Wim Wender's "Wings of Desire" or Bergman's "Persona" -rather
than emulating the latest garbage from Hollywood. Yeh-violence may increase sales-for a time--but it'll take the
medium nowhere--which, in the mainstream-big sellers--is the problem. Mainstream comics aren't challenging the
status quo enough as it is--becoming more violent is simply adding "Sound and Fury" ---special effects
--to make up for a lack of graphic imagination.
That's all for now--keep up the good work!
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