- Posted by Johanna on February 4, 2006 at 4:39 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
I’ve just realized, I’ve neglected to congratulate Chris Tamarri on the successful conclusion of the Comic Bloggers’ Poll (no longer available). The results aren’t very surprising; the winners are current critical favorites that don’t stray too far from the mainstream superhero beat.
Like Heidi , I applaud the effort while being ashamed of my own non-participation. It’s just that I’m not the most timely reader — I sometimes don’t get around to checking out well-regarded works until months or years later — and so, when faced with the need to name the best, my mind goes blank and I bow out.
That’s why I’m not criticizing the poll for not including more female bloggers (they had the same invite everyone else did) or more female creators (because unless I’m willing to stand behind some specific work as better than the ones that won, it’s just quota-counting). Various bloggers’ analysis and reactions have made for some great reading:
Chris teamed up with Ed Cunard for a detailed back-and-forth response . They make the point that looking at the ballots as a whole shows a very diverse medium and some interesting mismatches between voters and votes and creators and created.
Dave at YACB analyzes the poll methodology. I’m impressed that his top choices matched the winners in 4 out of 6 categories …. does that make him the most typical comic blogger? He highlights the relative lack of manga; I was surprised to see that it was only eligible as a reprint, which while technically correct doesn’t match the experience of it most US readers have. Its diversity is also its weakness, with a “lack of any single title to rally around”, as Dave points out.