march 14: Henry Darger

The Realms of the Unreal, Jessica Yu, 2004

Scott McCloud warns against the “backstory trap” in his book, Making Comics (122). This is the pitfall new writers can fall into when they create elaborate histories behind every character. McCloud mentions Henry Darger as a cautionary tale, but there’s a lot more to him than just a hermit novelist/artist “add[ding compulsively to the backstories of characters no one will ever see” (McCloud, 122). If you have time, check out this documentary-I highly recommend it if you still have some time to procrastinate on homework this vacation!

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