11/1/04 ~ Just Smile and Nod, week 17

Another column was posted on the Fanboy Radio website. This week, I wrote about the role of "mentors" in the hero epic. [read it here]

They are the source of knowledge and wisdom. They train our hero to become who they were destined to be. Often times they function as a father or mother figure to the estranged and misunderstood hero. The mentor offers the invitation to the hero to begin his or her journey.

"Just Smile and Nod" is a weekly column (posted every Monday) about the art of comics, about comics as literature. Currently, I've undertaken a lengthy series on genres, which should continue through the remainder of 2004.