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July 19, 2004


Kevin J. Maroney

Are you aware that this week's New York Times Book Review has two pages of comics reviews, presented with minimal explanation and apology?


Sean Collins has already linked to them. I appreciated Hodgman's lack of apology and his greater genre diversity; McGrath was writing, for the most part, about much better comics, but he presented a much narrower and more condescending view of what comics can and should be.

Of course, when it comes to condescension nothing can beat Martin Rowson's resentful, comics-are-for-kids review of the new McSweeney's, but even there he lands more brutally honest blows than many outraged online respondents have acknowledged. That may call for an essay of its own...

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