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Saturday, October 18, 2003

Blog Update -- I added a slew of my regular stops on the computer internet to the go list in the column on the right, as well as more recommended reading. Which is kind of the same thing, now that I think about it.

Anyway, while investigating the sites I wanted to add to the links, I discovered Forager has posted an intriguing examination of Alan Moore vs. Frank Miller. Since Moore and Miller were two of my formative experiences in comics in the 1980s, and since they've both gone in such interesting directions in the industry ever since, this is a piece I am excited to dig in to. So I'm gonna go do that now.

Update: Read Forager's piece. Pretty strong overall, although I disagree with some of his conclusions. I think Swamp Thing holds up pretty well, certainly better than most of its contemporaries or most of the Vertigo line it later led to. I agree that Ronin is mostly crap (and thought so when it was new), although it has some nice art here and there. It certainly foreshadowed Miller's egregious excess in DK2. And finally, in a head-to-head matchup of Moore's Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? and Batman: Year One, I think the latter is the better story and certainly the better example of the power of comics as a storytelling medium. Moore's farewell to Superman is fun for readers in the know, but Miller's Batman story, the best ever created about the character, is a tale that anyone could read and thoroughly enjoy.

And just to be snarky, I think Forager spells David Mazzucchelli's name wrong. Funny, just yesterday I was bragging to my wife how I can spell certain hard-to-spell comics creator names with ease, such as Sienkiewicz and Straczynski, but Mazzucchelli was the one I forgot.


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