Sunday, March 7, 2010

James Danky and comix

So James Danky,
To be honest I was not entirely impressed by his presentation and I was hoping to see more comics then what he showed. But taking away from the presentation James Danky is what the world of library Science would call a radical.
He has most notably collected the zines from underground subcultures while working with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

In his lecture last week, Danky discussed the role of the underground comic book and how it has transformed the economic mainstream of comics books. If it wasn't for the underground would Marvel or DC comics make blockbuster hits from there most famous heroes?

I've never been a big fan of comic books but I will say that artist like Guy Delisle who use art to make a political commentary on the countries he explores using the graphic art as his medium is both artistically pleasing ,entertaining and politically informative.


  1. yes sometimes showing comix and going more into depth visually helps an audience get more out of a presentation - agreed

    however, i think the underground brings out a little more than what blockbuster has explored - maybe blockbuster will look into it

  2. I thought i was the only one who had problem with the fact that he gave little information and images of his work.Especially, for audeince who have little or no interest in comics.Hopefully, he address his work more to better give his audience who are less into comics an interest and also a platform for his own work.

  3. He has made comix and zines significant by giving them space in an archive that has only limited resources for preservation. The politics of the archive are a big topic...