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Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: Different Forms and Shapes

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Noah Berlatsky does not understand the meaning of the word “erstwhile.” Gary Groth is not the “erstwhile publisher” of The Best American Comics Criticism. He is, as the book’s indicia indicates clearly, the co-publisher of the book. My hunch is that Berlatsky thought “erstwhile” was an insulting term and threw it into the mix. This is not untypical of how Noah uses the English language, as a form of grunting and hooting rather than a way of communicating ideas and experiences. If Fantagraphics wanted to do a companion volume of The Worst American Comics Criticism, it would do well to include a healthy dollop of Berlatsky’s prose: Aside from two pieces on Winsor McCay, virtually everything Berlatsky has written is evidence of his complete inability to understand comics (or indeed any other art form).

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: Capturing the Experience

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Given that I’m in The Best American Comics Criticism and I exchanged some e-mails with editor Ben Schwartz about the content of the book while he was putting it together, you might think that I’m not the person to comment on it. But actually my little inside glimpse into the editing process helped clarify my judgments of the boon, since Ben quite wisely didn’t listen to most of my suggestions.

The Incomplete Milt Gross

Posted by on April 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

I’m the worst person to review the book: It was published by IDW, which also publishes the Complete Little Orphan Annie series I’m working on (although Dean Mullaney’s Library of American Comics series is completely separate from the Yoe Books series). And Yoe quotes me in his introduction and thanks me in the acknowledgements. (For the record, Yoe had sent out a request on a listserv for a rare Gross photo and I told him where it could be found.) Yoe has made a nod toward me in the past on other projects and he’s also sent material my way on my own research interests.

Charles Burns, Chip Kidd, Seth and Chris Ware Panel (Part Three of Three)

Posted by on April 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The third part (of three) of a never-before-published panel, moderated by Jeet Heer, that occurred October 29, 2005 at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Canada.

Charles Burns, Chip Kidd, Seth and Chris Ware Panel (Part Two of Three)

Posted by on April 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The second part (of three) of a never-before-published panel in which Seth and Chip Kidd discuss their respective thought processes for designing Peanuts, Heer puts Chris Ware on the psychiatrist’s couch, and Charles Burns reveals the best 16 oz. cheap beer to buy (if it were 1973).

Charles Burns, Chip Kidd, Seth and Chris Ware Panel (Part One of Three)

Posted by on March 31st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The first part (of three) of a never-before-published panel, moderated by Jeet Heer, that occurred October 29, 2005 at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Canada.