Everyone’s a Critic | A roundup of comic book reviews and thinkpieces
Capes and tights: Wow, here are two posts in one weekend about what’s wrong with superhero comics! Charles Hatfield picks up Blackest Night but just gets tired thinking of all that continuity, while PC Weenies creator Krishna Sadasivam picks up three new comics and finds none of them is accessible to new readers.
Meta: Jeet Heer gives his candidate for worst comics criticism of the 21st century. It’s short so go, read, laugh.
A day at the museum: Erica Friedman visits the exhibit on Garo, the alternative manga magazine, at the Center for Book Arts in New York, and she brings along manga creator Rica Takashima, who adds context and commentary.
Dear Diary: Brian Heater reviews Snake Pit 2009, the latest volume in Ben Snakepit’s long-running diary comic. It sounds like Snakepit, who has been doing this for almost 10 years, is growing weary and may bring it to a close at the end of this year.
Review: Paul Gravett presents a thorough analysis of Daniel Clowes’s Wilson, once he recovers from the book’s incidental resemblance to a British children’s annual.
Review: Jim Rugg reviews Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza at Trouble With Comics, which is showcasing an intriguing mix of writers in their Guest Reviewers Month:
It is not a happy story to read. But it is a remarkable comic, a graphic novel in every sense of the phrase. The strength of images in the hands of someone who knows how to wield that power is rare.
Review: NY Times critic George Gene Gustines reviews James Sturm’s Market Day:
Mendleman has the soul and vision of an artist. He constantly observes, absorbs and converts the chaos of life around him into patterns for his rugs. In one early scene, as day begins to break, Mendleman sees “a sliver of pink framed by the gray earth and clouds,” which he imagines, and Mr. Sturm depicts, as a simple rug.