Posts Tagged ‘Gilbert Seldes’

King Aroo Vol. 1 by Jack Kent

Posted by on October 29th, 2010 at 12:23 AM
With IDW's King Aroo, the oblong shape of the book accommodates three daily strips to each of 342 7.5x9.5-inch landscape pages, providing a spacious showcase for cartoonist Jack Kent's simple, low-key albeit fully fledged art, pulsing gently with visual gambols as well as verbal whimsies. Kent's son and heir, Jack Jr., has made available some original art and a hoard of unblemished syndicate proofs for the tome, and Bruce Canwell couches the entire production in an informative and entertaining context, an introductory biographical essay embellished with a generous array of illustration from Kent's early life and career. Delicious.

A Ramble Through the History of Comics Criticism

Posted by on October 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Comics Journal passed its 30th anniversary not so long ago, and I intended to take note of it by reviewing the book I'm going to review here. Serious criticism of comics may have gone forward without the Journal, but it's difficult to know where. The only other periodical devoted regularly to the comics was, back then — 30 years ago — the Comics Buyer's Guide, but it was then and is now essentially a cheerleader for the industry, not a critic of any of it. And ivy-covered walls would likely not be much help in fostering a serious comics criticism for general consumption: Academia has a penchant for drowning itself in self-indulgent obscurities in prose and thought. Like much theoretical scholarly endeavor, exploration of this sort is useful in its own peculiar, trickle-down way: Some of it legitimizes the art form as it eventually filters through to popular criticism, and, hence, to the makers of comics, thereby influencing not only the cultural acceptance of comics but the ways comics are made. But academic criticism is not intended for a general readership. Or even a "fan readership." No, it took Gary Groth and the Journal to kick-start serious critical writing about the comics. But we'd be mistaken if we believed there was no serious criticism before the Journal. There was. A good bit of it.

 

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Welcome to TCJ.com and Oh, By the Way, A Brief History of Comics Criticism While I’m At It

Posted by on December 14th, 2009 at 1:42 AM

I have been advised that I should welcome everyone to the shiny new digital incarnation of The Comics Journal here at tcj.com, and indeed I do, but all I could come up with in terms of an introduction-of-sorts were

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