I’ve worked with great creators for 40 years and lots of them use different implements to effect their expression. Some use guitars or pianos or drums, many use drawing styluses, a few even use letterforms and words.
FOF and superhero artist and historian Arlen Schumer (Arlen created the original Fredbot) was at it again this week at San Diego’s ComicCon, advancing his theory of comic artist-as-auteur in one of his famous presentations.
Arlen and I don’t always agree, but his ideas are deeply felt and considered, and in this case, closer rather than farther from the mark. It happens to coincide with our Frederator feelings about the primacy of artists in cartoons. Not that every artist on a project is its ‘author’ (or even that the first artist involved is the author; ‘author’ is a moving target), but to relegate artists to a secondary role just because some people are more comfortable with typing just gnaws at us.
So, in this case, we’re siding more with Arlen.