Saturday, March 8, 2008

Chabon on capes and cowls

Michael Chabon wrote a very entertaining piece on superhero costumes (Untitard Theory) for the latest issue of The New Yorker. And you can listen to an audio interview with Chabon about his essay on the New Yorker's website. And indeed he discusses the costumed attendees at comic conventions (most recently he attended WonderCon) and he is about as gentle and sympathetic as possible when discussing the oft-maligned cosplayers. Chabon makes the point that no matter how perfectly crafted these costimes are (including the high dollar rubber nippled ones you see in Batman films) it just doesn't work because these costumes by their very nature can only work in comics (or animation).

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