One of the great things about doing this exhibit is that I get to rediscover and re-appraise.
While looking for Holeboy a pioneering webcomic that other webcomics histories have so far neglected to mention, I was delighted to find that not only was it still online, but that the artist’s other, regular strip, CultuRe Trap had returned in a new format. CultuRe Trap was what made me discover Christian Cosas’s work in the early 1990s, that strange time when people complained about a webcomics glut because there were dozens of them to choose from. I even interviewed him for a magazine I was editing at the time.
True to form, Christian has only produced a few new comics, but it’s still fun to see how the characters and style have evolved. And it’s interesting for me to see how he’s done his entire site in Moveable Type.
Christian should probably have been mentioned among those who went “above and beyond” in my earlier museum-related blog entries, because I asked him to submit material from Holeboy for the columns, but forgot to tell him two weeks later that I’d got enough material from other contributors. At the time, he was still looking for his original files from way back when. So to compensate for this unintentional snub, go and take a look at Holeboy, one of the first webcomics to explore the possibilities of the screen.
When someone suggested I include Ozy and Millie as part of the “Kids” section of the exhibit, my initial reaction was “nah”. I’d read it a bit before, and didn’t think it was all that hot, and something in one of artist D.C. Simpson’s opinion pieces just rubbed me up the wrong way. I don’t remember what it was he said, or even on which subject, but I did remember thinking he was a bit of a closed-minded stick-in-the-mud for saying it. I try to avoid people like that. So imagine my surprise when I went to give it another look, to find that not only was it a lot, really a lot, better than I remembered (I must have had a bad day when I read it the first time), but also that in his newer opinion pieces he showed a much greater maturity of opinion than I remembered from back then. I am now reading those pieces in reverse-chronological order, so I’ll eventually rediscover that old article. I’ll probably find that I was a bit of a closed-minded stick-in-the-mud for reacting like that in the first place.