We Were Young and Weird

The Canadian cable show “Prisoners of Gravity” from the late ’80s early ’90s has been showing up on YouTube lately. I’m in the third part of a Jack Kirby segment but you can find a lot of comic artists we all know as a bit worn/grizzled/bloated with age, showing up unnervingly young.

Discussion (9)¬

  1. massacremike says:

    As a young Canadian growing up in Northern Ontario during the mid 80’s to early 90’s where comic books were a sparse commodity, and before the internet existed, I used to get my fill of comic book and speculative fiction information from watching Prisoners Of Gravity. It was a a fantastic show and I’m happy to see you advocating it Mr. McCloud. I too, recently discovered the episodes showing up on YouTube and posted an interesting and timely episode on my personal blog featuring an interview with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Absolutely excellent stuff!

  2. cat says:

    Wow, Jack Kirby! Wow, a totally young Scott McCloud!!

    Whatever happened to Kirby’s Image project?

  3. JFPoulin says:

    Even if i am a Francophone Canadian I used to watch this show on TVOntario… great stuff. Nobody did something equal to this after!! The web could offer something in depht like this maybe 🙂

  4. Jason Turner says:

    I think fairly regularly of the Prisoners of Gravity episode (who knows what the topic was but) where they threw in Neil Gaiman talking about the topic and then Commander Rick sort of sheepishly looked at the camera and was like “Well… he carries on in this vein for a while…” and fast forwarded. Let him talk a bit more, fast forwarded… I sort of vaguely recall it was like a running gag that Neil Gaiman could be used to talk (at length) about any subject under the sun.

  5. dkk says:

    Hey I just saw this the other day! I was tripping out seeing your young self. You talked so much slower back then! haha

    • Scott says:

      You’re right! How weird. You’d think it’d go in the other direction. Can’t think of a lot of hyperactive 80 year olds out there.

  6. Ivy says:

    My god. You were soooo young. Funny, you did speak slower, but the voice is the same.
    But the face, wow. What a baby face you were. I almost don’t remember you then.