Category Archives: Criticism

Why Stories Favor the Fish Out of Water

Another bias in fiction is what I would call the “fish out of water” bias, which simply means that a story is more likely to be told from an outsider’s perspective than an insider’s. There are a few advantages to … Continue reading

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Why Stories Favor The Last Man Standing

Part of the writer’s responsibility is to know how he’s portraying the world. This is complicated by the fact that there are a few things common to the storytelling that are ultimately going to result in an inaccurate version of … Continue reading

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NRP’s Top 100 Comic Books

NPR recently released a list of 100 favorite comic books. They’re generally careful to add some qualifiers. This isn’t meant as a comprehensive list of the “best” or “most important” or “most influential” comics, of course. It’s a lot more … Continue reading

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When Comics Suck

In Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Sean Howe summed up an uninteresting period Throughout the line, the creative assignments began to resemble a laconic game of Whac-A-Mole, with each substitution having little effect on the acceptably bland quality that had defined … Continue reading

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Dunkirk and the Bechdel Test

A portion of a positive review of Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk has resulted in some controversy. The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of … Continue reading

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Wizard’s Best Issue Ever!

Wizard celebrated 2000 with a special covering their favorite things about comic book, including the top ten creators, characters and Top 40 stories. It was good stuff for a high school freshman who was suddenly able to afford trade paperbacks. … Continue reading

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Critics on 100 Essential Comic Books

Years ago, I was given the book The A List: The National Society Of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films as a birthday gift. It was a collection of essays by notable critics on 100 important movies. It’s something I’ve returned to every … Continue reading

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