Everyone’s A Critic | A roundup of comic book reviews and thinkpieces
Johanna Draper Carlson reads the much-dreaded final volume of Pluto and mulls over the whole concept: ” And why would someone make a gripping story for adults out of an Astro Boy story? Isn’t that like doing War and Peace with Mickey Mouse? Surprisingly, no. It plays off of all the strengths of the medium in an approachable way.”
Graphic Novel Reporter’s John Hogan interviews Andrew McGinn, creator of The Legacy, a satire on comic-strip artists: “I’d love to see cartoonists take a cue from Pixar, whose films appeal to everyone on all sorts of different levels, but maybe they’re just not up to it. Besides, Jim Davis is already selling plenty of stuff with Garfield printed on it, so why rock the boat?”
Derik Badman learned French so you don’t have to, and he uses his skillz to read and review La Bande Dessinne, Mode D’Emploi (roughly, “Comics User’s Guide”).
Caroline Small explains why an ad qualifies as a “found comic.”
Oliver Ho reviews Noir, an anthology of dark little comics compiled by Dark Horse.
Alex Dueben talks to Taki Soma about her post-apocalyptic comic Rapture, created with her then fiancee/then husband Mike Oeming.
Richard Bruton reviews MeZolith, one of the graphic novel spinoffs of the sadly defunct UK kids’ line The DFC. Hopefully they will follow in the footsteps of big brother 2000AD and start a U.S. line.