-Graeme McMillan seems to be mocking Comics Journal board posters who want illustrations to go with online reviews. I'm a little torn here. I really enjoy the Savage Critic(s) and Jog the Blog; they're two of the first blogs I followed regularly. I can understand why each blog omits illustrations. The Savage Critics is the gatling gun of review blogs, typically delivering several mini-reviews (often based on initial impressions, often because the comics being reviewed don't really deserve much more than that) in every post. It's that immediacy that makes it an interesting read for me; if Lester, Hibbs, and McMillan took the time to scan some illustrations, I think we'd be back to getting 1-2 entries a week. Jog's reviews, on the other hand, are usually longer and deeper, focusing on one work at a time. Although this seems like a natural fit for art samples, my understanding is that Jog does most of his blogging in the morning before heading to work (though I assume he does at least some of the writing the night before). Again, I worry that his output would dwindle to maybe half of the current rate if he took the time to scan and post illustrations.
So Jog and the Savage Critics get excused because of the frequency and nature of their reviews. Having said that, I would like their reviews 100% more if they had the time, energy, and inclination to include some samples of the art. McMillan's choice of headline, "TCJ: I don't understand without pictures," is absolutely stunning given that comics really is a visual medium; if it doesn't have pictures, it's NOT A COMIC. What's really depressing, though, is the first comment:
"Depends on the reviewer. Most comic reviewers I’ve seen on the net tend to focus a lot more on the story than the art, so why show art?"
AAAARRRGGHHHH. This is exactly why (mainstream) comics art sucks--we (meaning those of us who write stuff about comics on the internet) are training readers to ignore it. Maybe online reviewers are just following DC and Marvel's lead*, but that's no excuse. The absolute idiocy of that comment provides a much more compelling reason for including art samples than anything the TCJ board posters mentioned.
*Especially DC, I would say.
-Does Bahlactus typically call women "chickenheads?" Is that part of his gimmick or something?
-To those of you confused by the upcoming Green Arrow in Oz movie: I realize that, sans costume, it could be any old superhero, including a new intellectual property. But isn't Warner looking to bring a version of Justice League to theaters? Wouldn't this be a good way to introduce Green Arrow to movie audiences, thus making his inclusion in a hypothetical Justice League movie a much more attractive proposition?
-I think painting a huge bulge in Commandant Steel's pants is the coolest thing Alex Ross has ever done.