ComicMix Six: Six word comics biographies
If you’ve ever visited Smith magazine, you’ve probably been there for the great comics (A.D.: After the Deluge, The Pekar Project, Next-Door Neighbor, Graphic Therapy,
Shooting War, and My Home Birth) and their innovative Six Word Memoirs. Inspired by the famous anecdote of Ernest Hemingway telling a complete story in only six words (“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn”) they’ve gotten enough contributions from readers to fill an entire series of Six Word Memoir books.
Amazingly, though, they haven’t really combined the two.*
It works suprisingly well, and a few of them are already made for it– “With great power comes great responsibility”; “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”; “Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot”– and so we’ve decided to jump start the process. So here are our first six:
- Reed Richards: Don’t worry, the shielding will hold.
- Batman: I promised on my parents’ grave.
- Wonder Woman: War’s easy. Compassion’s harder. Peace … inevitable.
- Wally West: Dreams can come true so fast.
- Cyclops: “Boy Scout”? I kill by looking.
- Lois Lane: You think YOU have high standards?
* Okay, they’ve illustrated a few of the stories as comics, such as this piece from Rick Parker.