Skin that smokewagon and see what happens.
I really like the idea of having these huge chunks of text stuck into a comic like this, but I think it falters here simply because it acts as a simple information dump - a problem that Lynch’s film itself suffers from too. Rather, I’d like to see more interesting use of language in comics in general. Brandon Graham has mentioned before how he enjoyed how old Conan magazines would have art from Windsor-Smith or whoever, and then have the inset text contradict what he’d drawn with maybe Howard’s original description from the story, or a cod-Weird description of eldritch horrors. Psychologically, that can be really interesting because it can show a character’s will to Other the enemy, render insensible a physical foe by transforming it into merely the physical manifestation of an intellectual/metaphysical violation. And that’s what is missed out here; Paul Atreides has shaped and moulded the Fremen, has broken them from their old ways, has taught and himself uses ‘witch’ techniques. Like Conan, he and the Fremen have rendered themselves Other to the mainstream, but like Conan they have the Will to Power, and intend to replace the existing order. As monsters themselves the new Fremen must create a new model of signification that denies sensibility to their enemies, and only permits narratives to themselves. Rather than representing the Fremen revolution in simplistic terms of the People versus dictatorship, or even benevolent dictatorship (Paul) versus evil dictatorship (Shaddim/Harkonnen), comics as a medium would be a perfect way to deliver the battle to seize the power to control signification. Indeed, the Dune novels make a brave attempt at this by prefacing each chapter with a pair of quotations from in-universe texts; but this is history, where comics might instead show us historiography, the Harkonnen/Imperial justifications alongside both Atreides myth and, in images, the ‘real’ occurances.
Ms Marvel and She Hulk are so much fun! I am 💖ing these titles so hard right now. #superchicasftw
Today’s Farmers Market Cocktail: “Mary Cherry Fling”; Rainer Cherries, Boodles Gin, Lime, Ginger Ale. #booze #boodles #gin #glamazons4life (at The Lone Star Saloon)
Hipster Paul Atreides.
"Dune" artwork by John Schoenherr
The Shining | Stanley Kubrick | 1980