I remember seeing a panel at the 2005 Alternative Press Expo(APE) called The State of the Graphic Novel where Jordan Crane had a moment where he went absolutely APE-shit. I couldn’t tell you what he said now 9 years later, but I can tell you that Mr. Crane cares, and he’s passionate about the medium. That is a good thing, and the world, or more specifically, the comics world would be a much better place if more people were as passionate about what they do as Jordan Crane is.
It was one of the best panels I’ve ever seen at a convention. It was monitored by Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds(The Land of Ohhs and Ahs alum, also) and it included Lauren Weinstein, James Sturm, Seth, Adrian Tomine, and Jordan Crane. That’s a comics dream team there. I remember they discussed their thoughts on how a “graphic novel” should be defined, and what the public’s perceptions of it were as a mode of storytelling, and entertainment. I believe Jordan Crane was getting worked up over the notion that there should be any set structure, or limitations to graphic storytelling as a medium.
Today, with the further emergence of web/digital comics, crowd funding, and increased interest from Hollywood, I think a 2015 “ten years later” revival of The State of the Graphic Novel panel is very much in order! Jordan Crane, your thoughts?