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?,9565,547796,00.html

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Sunday, September 19th, 2010 Colin Tripp 3 Comments

Top 10 Graphic Novels

Ok, as a rule I am pretty wary of “Top 10” or “Top 100” or “Best Of” lists…I mean, really, these compilations are just some editor or critic’s opinion on what they think constitutes “good”.  However, I do believe that these types of lists hold a certain merit as they expose the reader to works/pieces of art that they might not have been aware of.

Linked below is the Time Magazine “Top 10 Best Graphic Novels” list…it is presented in a slideshow format with reviews by Lev Grossman, Time’s senior book critic (who wrote an awesome book – kind of a cross between Harry Potter and Brett Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero.)  It’s certainly interesting to see what graphic novels are considered more worthy of accolades than other, just as it’s interesting to see what graphic narratives are considered more “literary” than others. I think it would be kind of cool if everyone in the class looked at the list and posted a comment with how many out of the ten they have actually read…just two for me!,28804,1883296_1883291,00.html

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 Colin Tripp 1 Comment

A Comic Journey

This comic was inspired by the graphic novel “V for Vendetta” as well as my own personal experiences over the summer.  Please enjoy!

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Thursday, September 9th, 2010 Colin Tripp 2 Comments