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October 27, 2006



"I have not read this particular 'novel' but I'm familiar with the genre...." That says it all right there. First of all, read the effing book before deciding whether or not it is worthy (duh). Second of all, comics/graphic novels are (as you astutely point out, Jimmy), a MEDIUM, NOT a genre. Just like font-size, or even language. To say that a book "does not deserve equal status with real novels" just because it is illustrated is to me conceptually no different than saying that you didn't like a book because it wouldn't fit in your backpack. "If you've ever tried writing a real novel, you'll know where I'm coming from." Yeah, and tell us about all of the comics that you've tried to write. If I were to write a syllabus for a course in modern American literature, there is no way that I would not include Art Spiegelman's "Maus", Craig Thompson's "Blankets", even Adrian Tomine's collection "Summer Blonde" on the list.



"ALICE was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?'
So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies... "

Apparently Mr Long is also feeling sleepy and stupid, since his perspective is as overtly simplistic and immature as Alice's. I hope that he is distracted from writing such reviews in future, possibly by a white rabbit (or at least by a daisy chain), but ideally by actually reading the material in question.

Hello, Jimmy...

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