compilations are always a problem - inevitable you are going to hate some bits but hopefully you’ll find other bits to love - but if this book represents “the best” of the year in comix i feel a bit sad - so much of it is uninteresting, empty and pointless - even reliable favourites such [...]

compilations are always a problem - inevitable you are going to hate some bits but hopefully you’ll find other bits to love - but if this book represents “the best” of the year in comix i feel a bit sad - so much of it is uninteresting, empty and pointless - even reliable favourites such as daniel clowes, peter bagge and chris ware turn in mediocre (almost unreadable) strips - not learning by previous mistakes, i had actually bought an earlier volume (2007?) edited by chris ware that i felt similarly disappointed with and discarded after reading - so now it makes me wonder how much of these things are in fact chosen by the guest editor and how much dictated by the series editors? - especially when other compilations like “blab” can maintain a consistent high standard of material - and i wouldn’t have thought charles burn’s taste was so bland - the only real delight here being the pages by aline and robert crumb - anything else notable lost in the mire - tho i was impressed by the little extract from jason lute’s “berlin” - which i’ve now ordered (books one and two!) - so i s’pose this compilation just about served it’s purpose in introducing me to something new


Posted: 2009-11-30 06:04:20Author:trevor brown