Madeleine Albright is still working her way through John Byrne’s Next Men.

Posted by on May 14th, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Back when I boosted for Team Comics with neither irony nor cynicism, i.e. before I got into the industry and saw the sausages get made, it was thrilling when any celebrity acknowledged our beloved art form. Nicholas Cage saying he had a comic-book collection was Wizard cover-story material.  The Bizarro episode of Seinfeld was as big as fanboy thrills got.

Then the culture got nerdier and the game stepped up.  A major turning point was the posh intelligentsia’s embrace of comics in the 2000s, especially the rise of the comic-book-collecting Lit Geek posse: Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Junot Díaz, and Glen David Gold (who, in his new novel Sunnyside, has Charlie Chaplin studying the Anti-Life Equation).  Soon it wasn’t enough to be a famous person who was into comics; hell, the President waxed nostalgic about his Spider-Man collection.  You had to be famous and into cool comics.  When, in 2008, Junot Díaz used a Time magazine article on famous authors’ favorite novels to plug Naoki Urasawa’s manga Monster, it was clear that from here on out it would take more than a passing familiarity with Iron Man to earn celebrity geek cred.  I mean, you might have just seen the movies.

The latest issue of Newsweek asked attendees at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner what they were reading.  David Axelrod cited the new Ted Kennedy biography, Terrance Howard went for Kahlil Gibran, and Rachel Maddow?  Lewis Trondheim’s Tiny Tyrant.  Damn, Rachel.  Bandes dessinée, now?  Once again the bar has been raised.

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4 Responses to “Madeleine Albright is still working her way through John Byrne’s Next Men.”

  1. Tom Dougherty says:

    maybe it’ll lead to increased sales. it works when oprah does it.

  2. sandy says:

    Don’t forget, Maddow interviewed French comic creator Emmanuel Guibert about The Photographer on her show back in May 2009. She’s clearly a fan of the continental comics crew.

  3. sandy says:

    Since that link didn’t work, here’s the address for the video of her interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSK_zN-Ne8Y