Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A.k.a., reasons why super-hero comics (often) suck!

Sonia Harris on why Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library #20: Lint - and not some super-hero comic by DC or Marvel - ended up in the number one spot on CBR's Top 100 Comics of 2010:

This is a book written and drawn by one man, at his own pace, published on the most beautiful quality paper. Simply as a physical object, we rarely see superhero books which reach this level of quality, this book is aimed at the whole world. No one buying this book complained that it was $3.99 and not $2.99, it was created as an expensive object of desire. No publisher canceled this book half way through, no publisher pushed the author to put it out every month, regardless of quality, in case some kid forgot to buy it when it was a month late. There are so many reasons that this book is a better comic book than many corporately owned superhero comic books. This book had advantages over superhero comic books, not just because it was more popular with a larger demographic of the general public, but because it wasn’t hobbled by an industry treating it like the content didn’t matter.


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