Thursday, February 13, 2014

All Art Must Perish!

I just found this little piece on Internet marginalia about a comic I wrote over twenty years ago called "Oz Squad" :

Book Report: The Complete Annotated Oz Squad, Volume One

There's this comic book called Oz Squad. It's old. I read it long ago. At one point in the comic, one of the characters, Scarecrow, writes some graffiti:
ALL ART MUST PERISH!
That phrase stuck with me for years. It had to be a quote. Didn't it? It sounded so artsy, not so comic book-y. Every so often I'd try a web search, hoping to track it down. Nothing. But more recently, I tried a Google book search... and found out that Oz Squad's writer had released an annotated version of the comic book. And there in the book search window was the annotation for that phrase, which was indeed a quote:
52-5 All Art Must Perish: I saw this as graffiti on the remains of a demolished theater in Providence RI.
Well, that explained why I hadn't found the quote elsewhere. The rambling of some past theater major, perhaps. Anyhow, I was so happy to found out that there was an annotated version of the comic that I sent off for a copy. Here's another annotation:
I wrap up the story but can't resist talking about the existential futility of fighting for transient gains in the end. Why can't I write a simple action comic?
In hindsight, maybe I shouldn't have been so sure that "All art must perish" was a quote.

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