Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SAYING NOT NICE THINGS ABOUT NICE COMICS: Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Over on Comics Bulletin, Jason Sacks, Alex Lu, Keith Silva and I review SAM ZABEL AND THE MAGIC PEN.

I end up saying not so nice things about the book. 

Things like, "Is this some sort of pseudo-profound philosophical statement that is the eventual unfortunate result of the proliferation of quotation memes on Facebook and Tumblr?" and "It's like the Clinton Presidency of Comic Creating – so concerned with the polling of opinion that it ends up being so devoid of any authenticity that, of course, it needs to insert a cigar into the snatch of an available intern and then make the case that a blowjob isn't sex."

Previously, I made a vow not to write negative reviews anymore. But Sacks and Silva talked me into this and, armed as I am now with Colin Smith's sage advice about the legitimacy of negativity, I dove in. I think the book warrants my contempt. And I think I made a case for my disdain. Time will out.

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