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SYAC - Water Water Everywhere by TomPreston SYAC - Water Water Everywhere by TomPreston
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."
~Mark Twain

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.
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bronybyexception Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Comic books may be water but some of that water has grape juice in it...
Man that analogy sucked...Give me a moment I can do better...
Ok what if...Comic books are water...but some of that water is actually that doesn't work either
You get my point right?
Oh wait I just read your edit making this comment worthless...Darn!
AtlantaTheAristocrat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with :icondefinitelyover18: here. You should really stop trying to 'advertise' your work that is not that good. Please, re-educate yourself.
Irockz216 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not at all an applicable analogy. More people worldwide read literature than comic books - the hungry caterpillar, for example. I'm pretty sure almost everyone in the western world has, at some point, read that. Meanwhile, how many people have read Spider-Man? Hint: As a fourteen year old, I can confirm three quarters, at least, of my school have not. You imply children do not read literary books. Not necessarily novels. You're misinterpreting Mark Twain's quote completely, considering he himself is a literary author. He's saying that his literature is more accessible than, say, Edgar Allan Poe's work, for example - Poe is dark and grim, with a rare addition of dark comedy. Twain primarily wrote satire, thus being accepted by a broader spectrum of people. This is not what you attempt to imply at all, especially when you yourself are a comic "artist".
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I agree. Awesome work here
blackfire3 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So true
Demonic-Muffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I want to laugh but this is just... really sad. But thanks for propagating the idea that "classic" books or anything that has a demographic towards a more mature audience is elitist and difficult to consume by the general public. I've always been a reader and it was always difficult being unable to discuss literature in school because of this mindset that anything from Shakespeare to Hemingway to Tolkien to Diana Wynne Jones were too difficult to understand or meant to be read by those who often read those genres. Not like the kids in Selective English could understand MacBeth as well as the AP kids, right? Well actually, yeah, they could. I sat in one one of the classes they had and they had similar conversations that we had in my class, they just were less shy about asking questions.

And comics, the everyday Marvel and DC and Dark Horse stuff, that's what I could never get into (Watchmen, Maus and Persepolis were exceptions). The fans were protective and misogynistic and the real elitists. I had no idea where to start and no one would help me. I already had to know everything about Spiderman without ever reading a comic. It was ridiculous. I knew next to no one who was interested in comics.

Why is readership more important than content? What kind of backwards world do you live in?
TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
"What kind of backwards world do you live in?"

I live in the real world sadly. Life here is not perfect.
Demonic-Muffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my sweet baby Jesus that is the only thing you focused on. Aren't you going to comment on anything else I mentioned? Are you not going to discuss with me the hard-to-enter world of the White Straight Male Nerd? Are we not going to talk about how flawed your reasoning is here? Are you not going to elaborate why you think that the amount of readers you have is more important than the effort you put into something? I'm writing a book and I have no expectations of it reaching more than a thousand people, but I'm putting my heart and soul into it. I'm going to pour months of research into it, not to make it generally pleasing, not to coddle to the lowest common denominator, not to belittle and undermine the intelligence of my future audience, but because I want to write a book that everyone can enjoy and relate to in some way.

I can't relate to this comic at all, and the problem with that is that you made such a generalized assumption that my inability to be included points out the one major flaw: comics cannot be related to water.
TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Since I didn't even come up with the quote originally, I have no desire to argue it's feasibility.

Besides, I made an alternate version of this picture with the original unaltered quote from Mark Twain. If you have a problem with his viewpoint, take it up with him.
Demonic-Muffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm going to pretend you're 12 years old so this immature way of living you have isn't so goddamn pathetic.
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