Charles and I work together swimmingly as Thought Balloonists because we have complementary strengths. As his post proves, Charles knows both older comic strips and contemporary alt-comix like the proverbial back of his hand, and he took my "Tiny Fragments" idea a lot further than I ever could. Charles doesn't see one big picture; he sees dozens of them, hanging like huge canvasses in the metaphoric gallery of his theoretical mind. Me, I'm more of a detail man, more of a nit-picker, and in my post I'm a-goin' nit-huntin'. Specifically, I'd like to bring up some issues and examples that challenge the suppositions Charles and I have formed about the Tiny Fragments.
First, let's talk terminology. We should come up with a term for the Tiny Fragments that's more descriptive, and snappier. ("Tiny Fragments" sounds like the name for a new postmodern Mattel doll: "Tiny wets herself! She drinks from a bottle! She analyzes the limitations of the collage method in Doblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz!") Charles used the word "mosaic" a few times in his post, and I like the phrase mosaic technique better than "tiny fragments"; the word "mosaic" conveys the notion that the fragments, autonomous within their own boundaries, are still connected to a larger aesthetic whole.
But how do these fragments connect?