Just a quick heads up: after a year or so adrift, the website for comics' first and best source of serious criticism, The Comics Journal, has been resurrected in nothing less than spectacular fashion under Comics Comics editors Dan Nadel and Tim Hodler. This is the rebirth of a powerful force in comics, and I've got to say the vibe I'm getting off it is more or less exactly like this.
But you want to know the real reason the new TCJ is better than every previous incarnation, even the really good ones? Because I write for it. That's the dream, baby -- when I started this whole writing-about-comics thing I was like "one day I'll write for the Comics Journal, this I swear." Well, the day has come. My first piece is a review of the stunning new Roy Crane reprint book, Buz Sawyer: The War in the Pacific. I can't imagine you'd need any extra incentive to go check the new Journal site out, but just in case, the review starts like this:
“I don’t know why I was weak to the stummick, Mr. Sawyer – THAT WAS FUN!” exclaims gunner Rosco Sweeney after the first of many raids on Japanese warships collected in this massive compendium of Roy Crane’s WWII-era daily strip Buz Sawyer. It’s an okay summation of what the comic’s all about: this material displays little interest in exploring the bitter realities of war, functioning instead as light, beautifully drawn hits of pictorial propaganda in which We are the good guys, They are the bad guys, and even this most simplistic of dichotomies can provide for endless sun-splashed aerial battles and shadowy intrigue... Read the rest at the new tcj.com!