by Greg Ruth
|From A PIRATE'S GUIDE TO FIRST GRADE (With James Preller)|
If I asked you to name the most ubiquitous, commonly practiced art form, what would that be? Any answer other than "Storytelling" would be wrong. I know i'm supposed to be more accomodating to other opinions, but in this particular case I'm putting my foot down and taking a stand. Here's why:
|from GOLIATH (with Bill Sienkiewicz and Neil Gaiman)|
In this post-post-modern time we bathe ourselves in revising and updating older stories as a primary
|from Sherlock Holmes and |
The Baker Street Irregulars
|from ALABASTER: Wolves #5|
Stories can kill, stories can save. They are our most actual form of immortality. Stories can live on beyond our years and can continue to change the way people see their world after a thousand years. What is anthropology and archeology but the digging through earth's library to uncover the stories of the world before us? Even science in it's factual certainty is a changeable story evidenced by how we understand our world and its truth. Science's strength comes from it's ability to change when met with a new proven form of story, this is to me what makes religions so conflicted: that they cannot do this. They cannot change to suit their changing times, and the ones that do become unrecognizable to the fundamentalists who cling to its staid and unaltered form at all and every cost.
|from A PIRATE'S GUIDE TO RECESS (With James Preller)|
magic to make up a person, write/draw that person to such an extent as to create an emotional response in an actual real live human person. to trigger a memeory or smell, a revulsion or fear is powerful and a testament to the force upon our will that stories have, and why in some ways I suspect we keep coming back for more. We use stories to teach and by teaching literally change another person's brain chemistry. For all the cries of the end of one medium and the arrival of another, stories remain and will forever remain as long as we are recognizable human beings, and even then I suspect they will still play an essential part. It is our true sixth sense as a species, our storytellers the wizards and shamans of our time. The question is then, what magic do you want to bring to your community. How do you want to impose your idea of the world onto the world, to change, enhance or tear it down? When you approach your drawing table, your computer or stage, think about the story of you that you want to tell. Ask yourself what story will you tell today? Will you build or destroy with your stories. Who do you love and who will love you back for the stories you tell or the ones you learn? Who will you be when you come out of the other side of that book, or as you walk out of that movie theater or concert? What story will you leave behind when you're gone. Will it be worth retelling?