I Think it is Intended More as a Compliment Than an Insult...

but I think Patrick Zircher's claim that a 10-year-old could plot a comic book and no one would really notice much of a difference from a normal comic is pretty darn accurate (this is another neat bit from Rich Johnston's latest column)

Zircher says:

A ten year old can plot a comic. It's a reality. Maybe not a whole series arc. I've received virtually plotless scripts. I said it takes an adult to script a modern comic. Quit undermining 10 year olds (they're tomorrows--todays?-- writers).

And is there really any doubt about the fact that basically anyone could plot a comic?

What Zircher seems to be doing here is pointing out that artists often do a lot of "writing" with how they lay out a comic book. A 10-year-old could say , "Superman and Wonder Woman team-up to fight Lex Luthor and Circe to save the life of the President." That's a REALLY simple plot, but a competent sequential artist could easily put together a reasonable facsimile of a comic book based on that plot.

You'd need an adult to script it, but other than that, I don't think you'd be able to tell the difference.

Again, though, I think this is more a compliment towards artists than an insult towards writers. Zircher seems to just be saying "show us more respect for our storytelling skills." Nothing wrong with that.

Now, he might have intended it all as an insult, so do note that I am specifically pulling the quote out of context. So in context, it might be an insult. By itself, though, I think it's a fair coment.

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