Everyone’s A Critic | A round-up of comic book reviews and thinkpieces
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Flashlight Worthy blog asked ten bloggers (male and female) to nominate their favorite comics by and about women. The range and quality of the list is a reminder that talent knows no gender—or genre: the nominations include Jessica Abel’s La Perdida, Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting, Alison Bechdel’s The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, and Fumi Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters.
If you’re reading this column, you’re probably hip enough to know that all manga does not feature big, sparkly eyes, but in case you missed that memot, Paul Gravett has an explanation and lists six worthy series that don’t have a sparkly eye in the bunch.
Sean Gordon Murphy sets snobbery aside to look at the good points of house styles.
Suzette Chan explains how Faith Erin Hicks tweaks the tropes of boarding-school stories in The War at Ellesmere.
Kate Dacey mulls over the dilemma of being a feminist and a yaoi fan in her review of Hinako Takanaga’s Little Butterfly.
Carlo Santos takes the second volume of Alice in the Country of Hearts as seriously as anybody is going to, and he does some nice analysis of how the book relates to its inspiration, Alice in Wonderland.
Robert Greenberg expresses his disappointment in Eric Liberge’s haunting tale of the Louvre, In the Odd Hours at ComicMix.
Tom Horgen takes a look at Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Matthew J. Brady takes a spin throuh Jason Shiga’s choose-your-own-adventure book Meanwhile at Warren Peace Sings the Blues.
Sean Kleefeld finds some early sequential art—on plates!