The Guardian Vs. Comic Books


The Guardian newspaper has been a long supporter of the comic book medium and te variety of genres within. They have serialised Posy Simmonds' graphic novels, run special issues to accompany the British Library exhibitions and generally put comic books on the front page of more of their weekend magazines and culture guides than any other English language newspaper, and have refrained from "Biff Bam Kerpows" in the process.

Which is why so many were disappointed by today's Guardian newspaper published an article by their art critic Jonathan Jones entitled "When did the comic-book universe become so banal?"

tl;dr – I like Robert Crumb and Alan Moore, but don't like Scott McCloud or Chris Ware, therefore comics are terrible again.

Naturally, comic book folk chose to disagree,

Though Jones has not always been so blinkered. He seemed to rather enjoy Logicomix, which isn't that far from Scott McCloud. He liked another about Richard Fenyman. And he put Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel up there with League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Maybe someone should just send him a copy of the new Crossed +100?

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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