Hey, have you read Steven Grant’s essay

about how “2008 was one dreary year for comics”?


I won’t bother repeating my ‘best of 2008’ list … except to say it was two items long, and both were reprints.

What the hell has Steven Grant been reading?

Not that there weren’t good books, and entertaining ones. People keep telling me there’s a higher general level of skill and creativity in the field than ever before. That may even be true. Doesn’t change anything. It also depends considerably on what one considers “creativity.” A jungle girl comic with the most exquisitely crafted prose and finest art in existence is still just a jungle girl comic. A finely honed symbolist Batman story is still just a Batman story.

Oh. That might have something to do with it.

This is just Paul O’Brien all over again.


2 Responses to “Hey, have you read Steven Grant’s essay”

  1. 1 Leia December 5, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Well, fuck it, let’s all just not bother if that’s the case.

  2. 2 Katherine Farmar December 5, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    The first two-thirds of this year was great for me, comics-wise. I read a lot and enjoyed most of it. Then I got a bit burned out from reading too much; then I discovered Stephen Sondheim, got a job and bought an Xbox, and comics just haven’t been as far forward in my brain as they otherwise would be. (I haven’t updated my comics blog in over a month, because I haven’t had the energy or the enthusiasm. But I have written a post a week about Sondheim for a couple of months now.) There isn’t much going on right now that excites me (though I am looking forward to getting my mitts on The War at Ellsmere), which is a bit sad.

    But that reflects on me, not on comics. I’m aware that awesome stuff is going on; I just don’t have the energy or the time to check it out. I think it’s very easy for a critic to mistake the state of his or her own mind for the state of the world.

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Header by me. Contains an interpolation of the final panel from All-Star Superman #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Speaking of which.

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