My “introduction” to Brian Chippendale’s Maggots (was it as far back as May 12?) was really an introduction to a way of thinking about the relationship between orthodox and experimental (or avant-garde) comics. This post inspired some interesting back-and-forth in our comments section, thanks to our friend Isaac Cates (who supplied the diagrams here, thanks).
Isaac is, among other things, an outstanding comics scholar and teacher and the co-creator, with Mike Wenthe, of Satisfactory Comics, both the minicomix series and the blog. Isaac and Mike's latest issue (which I played a very small role in helping to shape) has been the subject of a series of fascinating behind-the-scenes posts at their site:
(and you should definitely follow the links if you want to know more, and want a chance to read a clever, funny, formally inventive comic in a disarming format).
Isaac and I have taken the liberty of reformatting and expanding our comments into a proper post, here, in hopes of turning the spotlight on our discussion. First, by way of recap: