That people think that “comics” isn’t the best word for the medium of sequential art because it implies that they have to be humorous is stupid. Humorlessness is not a condition to aspire to. I don’t mean this in some sort of anti-intellectual way that tries to limit what comics are because of a limited idea of what’s funny. Comedy is inevitable. Humor is a thing that happens as a result of tension between expectations, perceptions, reality, chaos. Let comics be the medium that occupies that sacred space. I can think of no great comics that aren’t somewhat humorous, even the ones from a time so distant to us that the humor has aged in such a way as to no longer be funny. Drawings are funny. Putting images in sequence, the way in which one thing changes into another, is funny. It’s just life. Comics is a good word for capturing this essence.