Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
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Adapted from a quote by Mark Twain when asked how he felt about his work not being considered high brow.
"My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water."
The general public tend to view comics as being this “lesser” thing compared to other works of great art. But I think comics can be, in many ways, more important due to their power to reach everyone equally. Nearly everyone has read a comic, be it in the newspapers, in a magazine, or in a book; which is more than can be said of most great works of literature.EDIT: The comparison to water and wine is not meant to be literal. The comparison is about who's consuming it, not a direct 1:1 substitution of the product. It means that not everyone drinks wine, but everyone (because we are human) drink water to survive. Ergo it's saying comics are seen and appreciated by more people on a daily basis than some classic literature, which I believe to be true. It does not mean that comics can't ALSO be high and fine literature, because it's about who's taking the time to read it, not what the content actually is. So can people please stop saying it should be "juice" or "soda?" Or stop saying that I'm implying that comics can't be high art? Thank you.