This month we have another guest contributor: Aaron Meskin. Aaron, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, works on the philosophy of art, with an emphasis on popular art forms including film, videogames, photography, and (most important for our purposes!) comics. He was the first aesthetics editor for the online philosophy journal Philosophy Compass, and recently co-edited of The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). His writings on comics have appeared in a number of academic journals, including Philosophy Compass, the British Journal of Aesthetics, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, as well as in anthologies including The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics 3rd ed. (Routledge, forthcoming), Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and the aforementioned The Art Of Comics: A Philosophical Approach.
Tomorrow’s post will continue Meskin’s habit of asking the really hard questions about comics. The comics art form has, over the last few decades, worked hard to earn a reputation as a medium worthy of academic study in virtue of its potential for original and worthy works of art. Given this, Aaron asks why are there so few comics that have actually lived up to this potential – that is, why are there so few comics masterpieces?
Want more Meskin? Check out this interview (with Roy T Cook) promoting The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach at The Philosopher’s Eye!