The Globe & Mail must not review any comics by Canadians

This past weekend, The Globe & Mail released their list of the Top 100 books that they reviewed in 2009. They even have an obscure-ish, vaguely intellectual term to define works of sequential art aka comics and graphic novels – Graphica. Clearly Sequential & the DWA’s Bryan Munn is not pleased as the only three “Graphica” on the list are Asterios Polyp (which I felt was okay, but not great), Logicomix (which I looked at while I was in Indigo last night and was severely unimpressed with, but then again I left with the Bryan Talbot‘s Grandville and a hardcover collection of Star Trek: Countdown – hey, shoot me if I wanted to read the pre-movie backstory to old Spock’s appearance in last summer’s excellent Star Trek XI) and Crumb‘s adaptation of the Book of Genesis, which has been universally been declared as excellent, and definitely deserves to be on these end of the year “Best of” lists.

Of course, what’s wrong with the list is the lack of Canucks – perhaps they are waiting until the 2009 eligible works list is compiled next month, or perhaps they just didn’t review any “Graphica” by Canucks this year (note: see Bryan’s comment to this article – they actually did review some, including George Sprott)… and if they didn’t, well — shame on you Globe & Mail reviewers! You just plain suck for not promoting our country’s excellent creators, and in all seriousness – Bryan is absolutely correct – you have clearly missed the boat. Surely Steve Murray will not allow the National Post to be so lax when it comes to compiling any best of lists they put together, especially with all of that pro-Canadian TCAF coverage they ran back in May.  Hopefully whoever compiles these types of lists at the Toronto Star will also know better… hey, they commissioned work by Darwyn Cooke back in August, and they ran an article on webcomics creators Kate Beaton and Lar De Souza & Ryan Sohmer – so we suspect that someone there knows at least something about Canadians producing comics and graphic novels…

Bryan points out the books that he is upset are missing, and we definitely agree on some (like Seth‘s George Sprott), and not so much on others. We’re clearly disappointed that such well-reviewed works as Richard Stark’s Parker Book 1: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke was not there, or the beloved Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5, Jeff Lemire‘s The Nobody, Sully‘s The Hipless Boy or even Red: A Haida Manga and a bunch of other books which were published in 2009. Then of course there’s the French-language double Governor-General Award winning Harvey. If you want to talk new reprint collections there’s also the gorgeous Prince Valiant Vol.1: 1937-38 hardcover by the late (Canadian Creator Hall of Fame Inductee) Hal Foster published by Fantagraphics.

3 thoughts on “The Globe & Mail must not review any comics by Canadians

  1. The sad fact is that The Globe did review several of the D+Q books I pointed out in my original post (I linked to some of the reviews), including the lone Canadian, George Sprott, and they devoted a couple articles but no reviews to the Collected Doug Wright. They just didn’t think any Canadian or Canadian-published comics were among the best or most influential. Red was reviewed in the Post but not the Globe. The Nobody got a review from Kenton Smith in the Globe, who called it “impressive,” “Alan-Moore-esque,” “absorbing,” and “impressive,” but ultimately declared Lemire “hasn’t exactly stretched his muscles as a practitioner of his art.” Darwyn Cooke got a notice in the financial section of the National Post but no Globe review. Sometimes it doesn’t exactly seem tru that old-school mainstream print media has embraced comics, and especially Canadian comics. Thank Captain Canuck for the interweb.

  2. “Surely Steve Murray will not allow the National Post to be so lax when it comes to compiling any best of lists they put together”

    Hahaha! I’m picturing me slamming my fist down in some big editorial boardroom demanding justice for Canadian comics.

    I will let the fine, fine folks who run our fine, fine books section …

    … decide whether or not our country’s comics community truly earned any spots in our “best of” lists. I am actually not informed enough about what came out in books, graphic or otherwise, last year to say what the “best” actually is, sadly!

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