Richard McGuire’s ‘Here’
This has been doing the rounds recently, but I thought I’d post it up anyway. From Monsters & Rockets;
Nobody who has read Richard McGuire’s 1989 comic stripHere has ever forgotten it. (Originally printed in Raw: Vol. 2, Number 1, it’s more recently been reprinted in Ivan Brunetti’s An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories and in the eighth issue of Comic Art. ) A truly mind-bending work, the strip jumps around in time but not in space, showing us various events occurring on a little patch of land over the course of billions of years.Here is formally daring but also surprisingly moving, dropping us into random moments in the lives of the people who have called “here” their home.
I’ve been a big fan of the strip for years, but I had no idea that it had inspired a short film. This is apparently a student work, but it’s hardly amateurish. To say it’s perhaps half as good as the original is not a bad thing when the original is this great. Still, I strongly suggest you read the original on this site before watching the film. You’ll never look at your home in quite the same way again.