Monday, October 04, 2004

Review revue: The Kansas City Star reviews The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker:

"Let's face it: Cartoonists are maligned, comic books are stigmatized, the pen-and-ink drawing isn't really 'art' — although lately this all has been changing. Among other developments, the 'graphic novel' has gained recognition, collections of comics and cartoons do well with book buyers, and younger U.S. denizens are delighting in 'manga,' the Japanese take on sequential art.

"Still, ask your average person whether it's better to learn about the 20th century from a history text or a book of 'toons, and most folks will choose the former (even if they're just trying to impress you)."