Me This Week/Guest Strip: Will Dinski

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Will DinskiHey all. I’m going to be in the Los Angeles all week, for some work-related goodness. Yes, not only did I trick someone into hiring me full-time, I’ve actually managed to convince them that it was a good idea to send me places to write about things.

In the meantime, I’m leaving you in the very capable hands of our news editor, Liz, and contributors Sarah and Sean. I’ll be checking in semi-regularly, to make sure that the Web site hasn’t burned down, and possibly, but not very likely, posting a thing or two. So, until we speak again, I’m going to leave you with a guest strip by Minneapolis’s own Will Dinski.

I first met Dinski at this year’s MoCCA festival. When I asked Dinski to contribute a strip to The Hatch, he graciously answered, “probably.” At the end of last week, that “probably” became an “uh huh,” in the form of “Comic Book Utopia,” attached to a message from Dinski in the inbox of the old Cross Hatch Gmail account.

“Comic Book Utopia” is the perfect response for a number of reasons. For starters, Webcomics are clearly not Dinski’s first love, as evidenced by the incredible amount of craftsmanship that he puts into the creation of his Habitual Entertainment minis. The books’ presentations are seemingly every bit as important to Dinski as the art and storylines contained therein, giving the reader a good deal of added justification in the purchase of works that can also be read for free on the Web.

“Comic Book Utopia” is Dinski’s anti-manifesto for the future of comic books.  Apparently, at least according to the strip’s narrator—who, as happens, bears a more than passing resemblance to the author—the interweb is “the future of comics.” Crazy, we know. And in case all that isn’t meta enough for you, Dinski comic goes on to tell the story of a comic artist producing a comic about his passion for comics. If that’s a bit too heavy for you, fear not—people start losing appendages a half-dozen panels later.

The strip also showcase Dinski’s drawing abilities in a way that his minis often don’t—given his habit of shrinking images down to near-microscopic size.

Most importantly of all is the message that “Comic Book Utopia” imparts on us, which, put bluntly, seems to be along the lines of: Web comics may be the future, but that doesn’t mean that a good chunk of them aren’t totally lame. Amen to that, Mr. Dinski.

Will Dinski

No Comments to “Me This Week/Guest Strip: Will Dinski”

  1. Box | September 10th, 2007 at 9:25 am

    yeah! Go Will! The nicest man in comics!

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