- Posted by Johanna on January 12, 2010 at 9:26 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
In an attempt to recognize and encourage good writing about comics, five critics have decided to recognize the best online comic criticism of 2009. Noah Berlatsky, Frank Santoro, Tucker Stone, Matthias Wivel, and Ng Suat Tong got together and determined what they thought were worthy exemplars of the year. Thankfully, they attempted to avoid conflicts of interest:
Articles by the 5 jurors were disqualified from the entire process. I made it a point not to ask a number of prominent online critics to participate in the process because of this last point.
Those recognized range from the obvious — Tom Spurgeon, Jog — to the very unusual, including Robert Alter, a Biblical translator who comments on Crumb’s Genesis. Since this is labeled part 1, I think another post is coming with nominees that didn’t receive as much consensus. I hope that one includes some female writers, because I think some of the most insightful critics currently are women talking about manga.
Note: Hooded Utilitarian, please put a credit line at the top of your posts! I shouldn’t have to examine tags to figure out that Ng Suat Tong wrote this particular entry.
Update: As noted in the comments, Noah has now posted his list, if you’re looking for more great pieces to read.
Update 2: (1/16/10) Brigid Alverson, who was asked to participate but wasn’t able to, shares her thoughts and preliminary list as well.