In the past, you sometimes weighed in and defended or promoted comic books and graphic novels as an art form. Do you think that’s broken through to the mainstream?
I think so. If anything, at this point I think that it’s possible that comic books are taken too seriously. There’s almost too strong of a bias in favor of adult-oriented material now in the comics world. I think comic books worked so long and so hard to achieve some level of the respect that they deserve as an artistic medium that they along the way abandoned some of the things that prevented them from being taken seriously, such as being written for the pleasure of child readers.
And now when I take my child readers into the comic book store, it’s hard to find good things for them to read. There are good things for kids in comics, but people in the comic book world don’t like to talk about them that much.
§ Mike Lynch has a nice tribute to Hilda Terry with some newspaper scans on his MySpace page. (BTW, people who use MySpace for their content should be aware that a lot of companies — including Reed Elsevier — are now blocking it as a matter of course. So you may not be reaching as wide an audience as you should.)
§ Sequart has unveiled a really sweet what’s on sale today page with cover images and solicitation info. It looks like it took an insane amount of time to put together, but also quite useful.
§ Low in the polls Senator Rick Santorum hit the campaign trail with a pitch aimed squarely at the Tolkien-quoting demographic:
In an interview with the editorial board of the Bucks County Courier Times, embattled Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has equated the war in Iraq with J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” According to the paper, Santorum said that the United States has avoided terrorist attacks at home over the past five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been focused on Iraq instead.
“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said. “It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”
We just want to know if they recognize habeas corpus in Rivendell.