Thursday, September 8, 2016

Another Ridiculous Comics Canon - The Unicómic Canon

The ridiculous comics canon I'm talking about in this post's title comes from Alicante, Spain, this time. Sincerely, I can't understand this... Put a similar canon in a literary or film context and you are laughed out of the room. What can be the reason that explains these ridiculous comics canons all over the place? I stopped trying to fully understand this many moons ago, but I have at least one explanation. To put it bluntly: comics as an art form failed to attract people with good taste. I can't imagine those who put Shakespeare, Marcel Proust, Rembrandt, Francis Bacon, Mizoguchi, Rossellini, etc... their respective canons constructing such an inane canon as the following one:

1.º - Maus (Art Spiegelman)
2.º - Blueberry series (Jean-Michel Charlier & Jean Giraud 'Moebius')
3.º - Astérix series (René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo)
3.º - Tintin series (Hergé)
5.º - Paracuellos (Carlos Giménez)
6.º - A Contract With God (Will Eisner)
6.º - Corto Maltese series (Hugo Pratt)
6.º - The Sandman series (Neil Gaiman and others)
6.º - Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons)
10º - Adolf (Ozamu Tezuka)
10.º - Black Hole (Charles Burns)
10.º - Calvin & Hobbes comic strip (Bill Watterson)
13.º - The Eternaut (Héctor Germán Oesterheld & Francisco Solano López)
13.º - Little Nemo In Slumberland comic strip (Winsor McCay)
13.º - Mort Cinder series (Héctor Germán Oesterheld & Alberto Breccia)
13.º - Prince Valiant comic strip (Harold Foster)
13.º - The Spirit series (Will Eisner)
13.º - V for Vendetta (Alan Moore & David Lloyd & Tony Weare - I have added the last name and they forgot it; most great artists are always forgotten in these ridiculous canons)
19.º - Akira series (Katsuhiro Otomo)
19.º - Animal Man series [# 1 - 26] (Grant Morrison & Chas Truog)
19.º - Arrugas (Paco Roca)
19.º - Batman Year One (Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli)
19.º - My Father's Journal (Jiro Taniguchi)
19.º - Flash Gordon comic strip (Alex Raymond)
19.º - From Hell (Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell)
19.º - Jimmy Corrigan (Chris Ware)
19.º - Spirou and Fantasio series (André Franquin)
19.º - Mafalda comic strip (Quino)
19.º - Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
19.º - Superlópez series (Jan)

Well... to tell you the truth, I'm speechless... How is such a monster even possible? It's simple existence (along with others like the one published in The Comics Journal) proves that there's no future. This art form definitely deserves to die!


Kelly Kilmer said...

How about picking single stories/albums/books instead of series?

Isabelinho said...

The Comics Journal list had the same problem, but that's not the reason why I call these canons ridiculous. These comics canons are ridiculous because they're crappy. Not everything in this case is mediocre, of course; I wouldn't call Maus or Jimmy Corrigan or The Eternaut or My Father's Journal or From Hell or a couple of Mort Cinder stories mediocre, but these are the exceptions...

Daniel Ferreira said...

Sempre que vejo o execrável binómio Tântân/Haddock numa lista fico com pele de galinha.

Isabelinho said...

Já somos dois. Será que esta gente chegou alguma vez ao estado adulto? Tenho fortes dúvidas.