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I'm Reading Comeeks

I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

There

Here - Richard McGuire

Not only have there been other people living in here (in this building, in this room) but before there was a house there were other things living in this space and afterwards there will be more people and other things in the space.

 

Here is a very interesting graphic novel looking through the same view of a living room and window from the beginning of time, through the ages, and into the future.  The 1960's and 8000 BC.  1990 and 2331.  All time periods exist in the panels showing a view into various time periods, often responding to a central theme.  A cough in one panel relates to the perked ears of a pet dog in the next, or a ringing phone echoes through time.

 

This is one of those works that, despite low word count, requires some concentration and critical thinking to get the most out of a reading.  What is the message?  That the human condition remains relatively the same no matter what time period one is in, no matter culture or creed, we all laugh, cry, become ill, avoid the neighbors?  Maybe.  Another interpretation would be to see how small our personal experiences are, just the blink of an eye and we'll be gone, and the world will continue without us.


Another message could follow the progression of the view through time, from the green spaces and forests before humankind's progress turns everything beige, then in the future, flooding and disaster seem to flatten everything.

 

An very thought provoking work, highly recommended.