Tuesday, December 2, 2003

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four-color dreams

I don't know if it's my obsession with the medium, but I keep dreaming comics. Not about comics - the dream narrative is literally in comic form, with lots of frozen scenes of action in imitation of panels and some kind of dream-voiceover instead of captions and dialogue boxes.

One recent dream involved me being a part of a superteam that had to take down a little Japanese girl named Ichibana who had been bioengineered to be a terrible weapon. Turned out she had clones, too. Happily, it all ended well, except for the cliffhanger final page where something awful happened to our team leader and reduced him to a sheet of pulsing skin and veins clinging to a granite slab. Somehow I dream-knew that this was all an issue of Global Frequency by Warren Ellis, in spite of my never having even read that book.

The other recent dream was, as I described in my diary, "a really empowering comic book from the perspective of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice." I wish I could remember more but my alarm broke me out of it "Kubla Khan"-style and I wasn't able to get back and see how it continued.

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