Over on Comics Bulletin, Jason Sacks, Alex Lu, Keith Silva and I review SAM ZABEL AND THE MAGIC PEN.
I end up saying not so nice things about the book.
Things like, "Is this some sort of pseudo-profound philosophical statement that is the eventual unfortunate result of the proliferation of quotation memes on Facebook and Tumblr?" and "It's like the Clinton Presidency of Comic Creating – so concerned with the polling of opinion that it ends up being so devoid of any authenticity that, of course, it needs to insert a cigar into the snatch of an available intern and then make the case that a blowjob isn't sex."
Previously, I made a vow not to write negative reviews anymore. But Sacks and Silva talked me into this and, armed as I am now with Colin Smith's sage advice about the legitimacy of negativity, I dove in. I think the book warrants my contempt. And I think I made a case for my disdain. Time will out.