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The Best American Comics Criticism

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Conventional wisdom states that cartooning and graphic novels exist in
a golden age of creativity, popularity, and critical acceptance. But
why? Today, the signal is stronger than ever, but so is the noise. New
York Times
, Vanity Fair, and Bookforum critic Ben Schwartz assembles
the greatest lineup of comics critics the world has yet seen to
testify on behalf of this increasing
...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Fantagraphics (first published 2009)
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Dan
Articles and essays on the social history of comics; on classic comics like Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, and Little Orphan Annie; on graphic novels like Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic; and on major comic book artists like Will Eisner and Jack Kirby. Some of the articles are by novelists like Rick Moody and John Updike; others are by cartoonists and comic book writers like Alan Moore, Seth, and Peter Bagge.

I am a fan of Will Elder, so I like the inclusion in
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Robert
Some excellent stuff in here: R. Fiore's sometimes-acerbic assessment of the various 9/11 benefit comics; Robert C. Harvey's thorough examination of Alison Bechdel's masterpiece Fun Home; John Hodgeman's super-smart reviews of some of Jack Kirby's epic sci-fi fantasias; a collection of reader reviews culled from Amazon.com of Joe Matt's most recent graphic novel Spent (proving that there are a lot of really smart amateur reviewers out there amongst the easily-bored-and-want-the-world-to-know-it ...more
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Apr 30, 2013 Roxanne rated it liked it
Most comics criticism is sycophantic plot summary, so it's nice that there are one or two essays in here that are *not* that. But there is still a fair amount of that, and averaging this stuff together feels like reading a college freshman's paper. R. Fiore's essay on post-9/11 comics is good, and the most biting (coincidence?)
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