July 22, 2005

How to talk to whippersnappers . . .


In her Book Standard column, Jessa Crispin says that mainstream book reviewers who try to cover comics tend to come up wanting because “They didn’t know comic books, and they didn’t want to take the time to get to, either. But damn it all if they weren’t going to judge them anyway.” So, she suggests some guidelines, such as, number 1, “‘They’re not just for kids anymore’ is not an original, interesting, clever or even remotely intelligent opening statement” and number 4, “Every single non-superhero-comic-book writer need not be compared to Art Spiegelman.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives