Respected Works of Real Literature

posted March 16, 2004 by Jer

Jer

I've been trying to make the newsposts more about The Crew and less about Comics News in hopes of getting the rest of The Crew to post regularly again. Nonetheless, here's some comics news I thought was worth sharing.

I'm sure a lot of you out there get Amazon.com's periodical e-mail newsletter. I'm sure 98% of you delete them without opening them, and rightly so. I did open Amazon-com's e-mail newsletter for March 12 because of the subject line: "Introducing the Comics and Graphic Novels Store." I thought I'd share with you the first paragraph of this e-mail.


Comics lovers, rejoice! In recent years, comic books have changed from lurid, flimsy rags sold in the racks of newsstands to sturdier, respected works of real literature. Titles like Blankets, Watchmen, and Sandman have blown away the format's perceived limitations, and a wave of popular Japanese comics, or manga, has exposed a whole new generation of readers to the possibilities of comic books. We're proud to announce that Amazon.com has created a Comics & Graphic Novels Store, where you'll find all the genre has to offer--from superheroes and comic-strip characters to comedy and drama. Visit our store today and discover the power of little pictures.

Following this heartwarming sentiment are several suggestions, including "Mythology" by Alex Ross, "A Right to Be Hostile," by Aaron McGruder and "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi.

As a person who is working hard both to publish his own comic book and to raise awareness of comics as an art form, you have no idea how good this makes me feel.