Passion is a funny thing. And being passionate about things often leads to sharing and teaching. Sometimes it forces us to become a guide, or a Sherpa, and then we can learn new things and drag other people with us along the way. That’s kind of what this column is all about, when I think of it.
David Miller is a professional with great success in several fields, including inking for comics. He started out on things like one series in the Teen Titans family of titles at DC Comics, several books at Defiant Comics and went on from there. But after even the briefest of conversations with Miller, it is very clear he’s a person who just loves the medium.
He’s also very thoughtful. One of the big “Ah-hah’s” that he recently had was that comics, unlike movies, can be experienced in many different ways. To experience a movie, you really must experience it one way: you sit and watch the film as the creators intended.
But comics are different. When you’re young, you might enjoy following the characters. Then you might graduate to understanding long-running and inter-connected stories. Another way to enjoy this medium is to read a comic because you enjoy one particular artist, or writer…or even an inker or a colorist. With even more understanding, you might enjoy a comic as part of one particular time period.
That’s where Miller’s clever new YouTube show, The Comics Prisoner, comes in. The premise is simple: he’s stuck inside his favorite comics pages …but is allowed to talk about them with us! It’s a fascinating way to experience, re-experience, ruminate or learn about comics pages. Continue reading “With Further Ado #98: The Comics Prisoner with David Miller”