Thursday, May 27, 2004

Touring McSweeney's: At Broken Frontier, Shawn Hoke (not a permalink) provides a guided tour of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern No. 13, "The Comics Issue" edited by Chris Ware:

"The artists chosen are among the best in cartooning and most of the stories are new, while others may have appeared in other venues. This book offers an excellent opportunity for the curious and the overwhelmed. If you have no idea where to start with quality art comics, this issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern collects some of the best creators telling stories that are unhampered by ridiculous continuity problems. The strength of this volume lies in the diversity of stories and styles it represents. This isn’t simply navel gazing or showing off for art’s sake, but rather a collections of stories and strips that elevate the medium from its bastard art status label, not that there’s anything wrong with bastard art, mind you."