Category Archives: Criticism

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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American Sniper and Socially-Conscious Criticism

Jamie Weinman’s piece on socially conscious criticism got me thinking about the flaws of the approach: it has a preference for bluntness over subtlety. I’m reminded on one relatively recent example: the years-old debate about whether American Sniper was too … Continue reading

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Roger Ebert and African-American Directors

This has been an interesting time for African-American directors. Despite #Oscarssowhite, Ava DuVarney had tremendous acclaim with Selma. Denzel Washington got a best picture nomination for his Fences adaptation, while getting Viola Davis a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress award. Barry … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Favorite Comic Book Writers

  I spent way too much time thinking about something others might rattle off very quickly: who my favorite comic book writers are, and what it would take to displace them. This was based on a comment on a message … Continue reading

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Interesting Lists

The following are interesting lists that I’ve found on the internet over the last few weeks. Part of the reason for the post is to make it easier to find this stuff later. Paste Magazine gave a list of the … Continue reading

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