11/15/04 ~ Just Smile and Nod, week 19

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

The concept of "home" is an oxymoron. It is both a point of origin and a destination. Home is where we start from and what we journey towards. The hero leaves home to begin his or her adventure, stepping out from the familiar comfortable settings and pushes towards the unknown. But ultimately, the hero must return.

"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.