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The Best American Comics 2007 by Chris Ware
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Jul 21, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: 2008, graphic-narrative

There are at least two things wrong with this title. First, these comics are not all from 2007. Second, if this is the "best" 2007 has to offer, then America might as well pack it in when it comes to comics and only rely on artsy French imports and cheap generic manga.

This collection lures you in with promises of Alison Bechdel! Charles Burns! A Hernandez brother! R. and Aline Crumb! Lynda Barry! Art Spiegelman! But anyone who would be interested in the Bechdel will have read Fun Home already, the Burns piece is one of the more boring sections of Black Hole and the Hernandez brother is Gilbert (the Crumb, Barry and Spiegelman pieces are good, though).

Chris Ware, whose work I usually love, inexplicably focused on autobiographical comics for much of the book, and even worse, included some of those awful faux-autobiographical comics about boring people with boring lives. A lot of the artwork is substandard, which is sometimes slightly acceptable when the writing is good, but the writing is bland and awful.

I can only hope that this is a massive prank on Ware's part, sort of a Dadaist anti-art project, because I don't want to see this kind of stuff-scribbled-in-a-tenth-grader's-math-notebook praised as the "best" and encouraged. Sequential art has the potential to be so much better than this.

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