I'm a freelance writer, designer, and game developer. My name is Will Hindmarch, and this is a notebook I keep on the web.
By Crom! is my joke-a-panel autobiographical comic featuring life advice and spiritual guidance from Conan the Barbarian. It ran from January 2012 to May 2014, and is collected in two books, The Collected By Crom! and Full Colour Cromulence. You can read the archives on WealdComics.com, and grab the books in print and in PDF.
Rachel Kahn’s By Crom! series isn’t only funny, though it is funny, it is also charming and comforting and challenging, panel by panel, in great ways. Get thee this comic.
Here’s a thing, though: I both agree and want to add onto this. I think interviewers, reviewers, critics — the “people” in question — should pay more respect to the fact that the film is the talking. That’s a big deal.
At the same time, a lot of film exists in this larger context of media and marketing and audience relations and the web presence and the trailers and all that and I think compelling, provocative things can be done — maybe have been done — in that space. The movie must talk but so can the whole apparatus around the film, including the junkets and the behind-the-scenes Blu-ray add-ons and all that stuff.
A film is art because film is an art form. Can the whole larger context of all the antics and shenanigans surrounding the film be a performance? Can that be art, too?
Packaging tape art by Mark Khaisman