Monday, March 12, 2018

Divisions of Medium

Let us, for a moment, consider all art without the divisions of medium.

The ancients did it naturally. Effortlessly. At least, that's how it appears when you study their art. The spoken word, the written word, theater, paintings, pottery, music, fashion, it was one and the same. An expression of a single set of characters, stories, and ideas.

We do that today, but the divisions of medium sometimes stifle the creative message behind the work of art. It's a book. It's a movie. It's a TV show. It's a comic. A good story effortlessly crosses from one medium to the next, and nothing does that better than the modern mythology we somehow confine within the narrow medium of comic books.

For so much modern mythology, comics are considered to be the original source, and all extensions of a comic are adaptations, and nothing more.

But what if they weren't? What if "adaptation" is the wrong word? What if we consider, as I first stated, all art as a single unified thing?

It would change everything!