- Posted by Johanna on March 29, 2006 at 4:50 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
At Mortlake on the Schuylkill, a fascinating analysis of male/female roles, artistic and visual positioning, and connections to the noir genre in X-Factor #5. I haven’t had a chance to read last week’s comics yet, and this makes me look forward to that issue even more. The piece has lots of spoilers, but I didn’t mind — I don’t only read the series for “what happens next”, but to see how beautifully it’s crafted and executed. The resulting comments widen the discussion about the role of the female heroine in jeopardy.
Dave Ex Machina wants help with his Previews order. I’ve responded there, but his comments started me thinking about long-running series. He lists, for example, Usagi Yojimbo Book 20 among his potential purchases. That’s an accomplishment that creator Stan Sakai should be congratulated for, but I wonder if readers start taking series like that for granted. Given the choice between a new book that I’m looking forward to and another volume of a known series, it’s easy to be distracted by the new and flashy. Even with consistently great quality, the continuing series becomes familiar and somehow less attractive, even though that’s not really fair.
Tangognat tackles the question of manga age ratings in libraries. I agree with her that David Taylor got it wrong in recommending libraries enforce age recommendations. Libraries and bookstores are important fighters in American culture against the idea that all popular culture be suitable for children. They provide a lot of wide-ranging material and leave it up to the reader (or the adult responsible for them) to make appropriate selections. That’s the best way to stand up for the idea of our freedom to have all kinds of material available.
Darn. I feel really strongly about this and I’m expressing myself really badly on why it’s so important and even what I’m specifically talking about. Let’s sum up: David should be chastizing the parents who ignored the ratings, not the library. It is not the library’s place to pay any attention to what, specifically, anyone is checking out or reading. It is their job only to shelve works appropriately and, as Tangognat says, “to provide open access to information”.