CATCHING UP ON SOME X BOOKS
TWEET OF THE WEEK: ON REVIEWS
Lee Bermejo wins the week:
Everybody should try and do a good comic. I say again... a GOOD comic. It's hard. No, it's downright BRUTAL. Then think about your opinions.
— lee joel bermejo (@ljbermejo) March 22, 2016
He has a point. You really have no idea how hard it is to make something until you've tried it. I've gained so much more respect for comic book artists just in the last couple of years that I've been drawing (badly) more. Every panel is made of a thousand choices, a hundred erasures, and years of previous mistakes.
It's OK to be critical and even to be demanding, but know what it is you're asking.
This isn't a "Those Who Can, Do; Those Who Can't, Write Reviews" kind of thing. It's just a matter of writing an informed opinion. And even reading a thousand interviews and a dozen How To books isn't enough sometimes. I think the deeper opinions -- the ones that are more valuable -- will more often come from someone who's tried the thing they're analyzing. Some of the best critical dissections I've read of comics have come from other comic artists who see things most people wouldn't pick up on.
You don't need to have a story published in an anthology to validate your opinions on everything else. But your opinions will gain strength and depth from having experienced the process and its pains.