Augie De Blieck Jr. wants to see more books of comics criticism (He’s not alone in that, by the way):
At a time where there are more web sites, reviewers, critiquers, and podcasters than there are fans, you’d think you’d see more dead wood compilations. There’s an audience for this stuff somewhere, right?
…I think a… problem is the matter of timeliness. Who wants to read a book of reviews of single issues of comics a year or two after they’ve been out? Many comics columnists receive their hits as the basis for conversation starters, or instant book recommendations. If Book A is coming out this Wednesday, an early review by Columnist B could lead Reader C to pick up a copy of the book based on that good review. After that, the review is meaningless. Unless you’re Pauline Kael — and she’s not reviewing comics right now — the style of the review is rarely a selling point. It’s a means to an end. I know I’m not witty enough to keep your attention for my review of CIVIL WAR #1 a month from now, let alone a year or two. Ten years from now, there might be some historical interest in seeing how the review holds up in light of all that has changed since then. But right now? It’s purely disposable entertainment.
He goes on to suggest some blogs that he’d like to see collected for print, and breaks my heart by not demanding a Best of The Savage Critics book (Me, I’m wondering why some publisher hasn’t looked into doing a Best of Comic Blogs annual anthology, like the ones they do for music criticism or magazine writing, but that may be much more trouble than it’s worth).