Top 25

I know, I know, I’m posting too many lists.  But here’s another one.  It once again comes from Time, and it collects the Best 25 Graphic Novels of the past 25 years.  I think it’s interesting to note how many of the graphic novels deal with “serious” subject matter…as if a comic about frivolous things, or a fantasy comic (though Gaiman’s Sandman did receive a spot on the list), cannot possibly be worthy of literary merit.

We have comics about the Holocaust, cancer, and family strife while many more “main stream” comics are ignored.  Does “main stream” necessitate lower literary merit?  It’s funny; if an artist slaves away in obscurity they’re thought of as a pioneer, a martyr.  Yet, as soon as they achieve some sort of critical recognition or financial windfall, they’re immediately accused of being sell outs.  Is there no way to produce innovative art while also achieving commercial success?

http://www.time.com/time/columnist/arnold/article/0,9565,547796,00.html

Sunday, September 19th, 2010 Colin Tripp

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3 Comments to Top 25

watZo
September 20, 2010

this top 25 list was interesting!
cool how there are so many different kinds up there!
hey, did anyone notice persopolis???

David Ball
September 21, 2010

as lists go, this is one I can get behind… so much great stuff has been written since this came out though…

trippc
September 21, 2010

Yeah, that’s the problem with lists…they’re out of date almost as soon as they’re published. Kind of like technology. I think it offers a good look at the content of the times, though, and allows the neophyte easier access to the medium. It’s hard to keep up with all the stuff being published, in both narrative and graphic narrative forms…