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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

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Sunday, September 19th, 2010 Colin Tripp 3 Comments