Everyone’s A Critic: A roundup of comic book reviews and thinkpieces
* The esteemed Jeet Heer reviews Guy Delisle’s excellent Burma Chronicles for the Literary Review of Canada:
Delisle’s style of journalism, with its reliance on small anecdotes, can be contrasted to other approaches. Prominent journalists such as New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman practise a form of hit-and-run travel writing, where they parachute into a hot spot, interview a few bigwigs (and maybe a cab driver for local colour) and then go back home to expound grand themes about the future of globalization. Delisle’s small-scale storytelling seems like a deliberate antidote to this type of cocky and overheated journalism.
* Note to writers, artists, cartoonists and other people who make stuff: No matter how negative, nasty, mean-spirited or just plain harsh a critic is in reviewing your work, posting a smart-ass reply in the comments section of their blog is never a good idea.
* The Onion’s AV Club does their regular comics round-up, this time looking at Luba, Potter’s Field, the Unwritten and Optic Nerve, to name but a few.
* The Mindless Ones review that new Wolverine movie, podcast-style.
* The KURUTTA blog takes an interesting look at Osamu Tezuka’s adaptation of Crime and Punishment.
* Sarah Boslaugh reviews Emmanuel Guilbert’s The Photographer for PLAYBACK: stl.
* Todd Klein likes Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze. As well he should.
* Speaking of Bronze, let me offer a shout-out to Andrew Wahl’s Comics Bronze Age, which devotes itself to critiquing and assessing the Marvel and DC comics from that rich swath of time.