Friday, September 19, 2008
I have a review round-up in the new issue of Bookforum. I talk about the re-issue of art spiegelman's Breakdowns, Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, Josh Cotter's Skyscrapers of the Midwest, Eddie Campbell and Dan Best's Amazing, Remarkable M. Leotard, and Seiichi Hayashi’s Red Colored Elegy. In different ways, they're all works that are right up my alley so it was a fun review to write.
I've decided to take a break from reviewing for a few years. The main reason is that I'm too busy with my other projects but I have to admit it is also getting harder to find books to review where I don't have some kind of personal or professional link to the artist or publisher. I certainly haven't compromised myself in any way in my writing but I have been getting increasingly self-conscious about the issue so maybe best to recuse myself for a while.
I'll continue to occasionally write short pieces here about comics and other things that I'm excited about.