A week or so back, I posted a response to a post by Jeet Heer which prompted a strenuous objection from Gary Groth. In the course of responding to Gary, I said this: I was replying to the structure of [Jeet’s] argument and to his examples, not to his actual argument per se. There seemed […]
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Jeet Heer has a post up about Why We Need Criticism. His basic premise, as near as I can tell, is that criticism is just people talking about art — so whether or not we “need” criticism, we’re unlikely to get away from it. I don’t have any problem with that per se, but…well, look […]
We’ve had a fair amount of discussion about how to approach comics critically here at HU lately, and I figured I’d expand a little upon some of the points I’ve made previously regarding cartooning as a visual phenomenon. From a modernist critical perspective, it seems clear that comics’ artistic achievement through their modern history — […]
“The gift of judgment is rarer than the gift of creativity.” Oskar Loerke as quoted by Walter Benjamin. In the tradition of appreciative stealing, this post will consist of a series of quotes by Walter Benjamin, one of the main ports of call for people seeking a voice of authority on art, literature, children’s books, […]
Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter was kind enough to agree to an interview about criticism and art. We communicated by email. ______________________________ Noah: Your site seems to work to promote a sense of comics as a community —pointing out events and birthdays and doing collective memory projects like the one involving Frank Frazetta. So […]
Me and you, we’re critics. Let’s talk about that.
Popular culture, is a place where both creators and consumers work out real-life issues ranging from deciding whether to have sex before marriage to what would happen in a world with extremely large, well-equipped private armies.