I’ve been horribly ill (just a flu/sinus/fever thing–but still!) for about a week, which explains the lack of Roy Thomas posting that you’ve seen here. I think I should finally be able to get that series under way by later tonight or tomorrow–but, in the meantime, here are a couple of responses to items from the letterc…uh…comment-threads!
1. Plok: Point very well taken, re: Dave Sim and his seemingly-unrepentant/unexamined brand of “Canadian Self-Loathing”… I’m positive that you’re right about the man’s private views (and I know a lot of people like this too, sadly)–I suppose what I’m trying to argue (actually, this is what I’m always trying to argue, in just about ANY context) is that the text of Cerebus is far wiser than its creator… Sim probably just thought it would be funny to make a super-Canuck roach that was allergic to cold and snow (i.e. I’m sure he never really meant it to be read as a critique of the very idea of a stable canadian identity/perspective), but it worked so well with the rest of what I wanted to say about the Roach as a figure of media-manipulation that I had to go with it…
2. Mr. Golding: I’m not sure how well this clears things up, re: “Councils of Perfection”, but I guess what I was going for, with the pun, was a way of invoking the impossibility of satisfying the ethical demands placed by the narrative upon the superhero protagonist (in the case of that essay, Animal Man) AND the way those ethical demands reach out beyond the text to impress themselves (in equally impossible terms) upon the “readers/creators-by-committee”, which is something like a narrative COUNCIL, no?
3. Also–thanks for the many welcomes back, both on Motime and through email/Facebook (and I know I owe some responses to some of you!)
now–let’s see if I can read some Roy Thomas comics!
good night friends!