Big-City Comics and a New Blogger

Some quick links, just to have something posted today. I planned to do more, but we got caught up playing Perplex City again — we’ve solved 90 cards so far out of 132, which puts us at rank 244 with almost 3000 points.

Entertainment Weekly editor Marc Bernardin talks about how hard comics writing is. I especially liked this part:

The more people I met, the more frequently I was asked the question: “So, ever think about writing comics?” And my answer was, invariably, “Yeah, since I was 12. But as long as I review them, I can’t write them.” Stupid professional ethics.

He’s already posted a followup that goes into more detail about WHY comics are hard to write: they’re uniquely visual. Some good observations there — welcome to the blogiverse, Marc.

Ian Brill elaborates (link no longer available) on my comment about “cultural capitals”. He compares his comic experiences in San Francisco (a place with lots of great shops and artist appearances) to his prior lack of opportunities in a California suburb.

Will comics fan looking for an all-encompassing reading and social experience have to live in cities to find what they want? There are many cultural aspects that one, for the most part, can only get living in an urban area such as large and multi-faceted museums and seeing independent films in their first (and sometimes only) opening weeks. Will an intellectual and democratic bent on comics be something like that? Perhaps. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.

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3 Responses to “Big-City Comics and a New Blogger”

  1. Tony Isabella Says:

    What a load of crap. Mystery writers review mystery books. Science fiction and horror writers review science fiction and horror books. I bet there are even romance writers who review romance novels. Why should writing comics and reviewing them be considered unethical?

    Of course, since I’ve been fighting this battle since you were a toddler *smile* I may be taking these comments a wee bit personally.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Book publishers are a lot more mature/professional than comic publishers are in many ways. I also think it’s a different situation when an already established writer reviews something in their field than when someone who wants to be discovered does so. I personally look askance at someone who’s reviewing comics at the same time they’re trying to break into writing comics. Part of that is due to my championing reviewing as a craft in itself — too many people see it only as a way to get noticed and gain traction to do what they really want to do. I think that’s bad for the field, and I want a higher level of professionalism than that. I also think that newbies should concentrate on one or the other, at least while they’re getting started and learning the ropes.

    I remember having to explain to a reviewer one time that if he was praising issue #1 of an anthology while he knew that a story of his was going to be in issue #2 of the same anthology, he really needed to tell his readers that.

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