NYTimes still ghettoizes comics and graphic novels

While we’re very happy our sister co. Papercutz and its SuperGenius imprint got The Wendy Project into a GN roundup in the NYT Book Review this Sunday, I was shocked to still see NOT ONE graphic novel makes the 100 notable list for 2017 in that same issue.

And its editor-in-chief professes to be a fan. So what? When all you do is a once in a blue moon ’round-up’ for graphic novels, rarely it seems covering in full reviews any. Or did I miss anything?

Meantime, the Washington Post has Michael Cavna regularly talking about them, reviewing them, same can be said for other newspapers. Although I will say there are a number of important ones out there that are just as clueless in how to get a younger audience interested in their publications as comics and pop culture coverage would appeal to them.

Oh yes, George Gustines gets to do the occasional news piece… every few months (!).

Lack of depth in coverage of graphic novels is just, well, infuriating, knowing the great work from all over the world being published in our medium.

[revised 12/4 seeing a couple GNs did appear in the Children’s list].

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NY Times Book Review on Little Nothings

The prolific French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim keeps a public diary in comics form — doodles with casual but impressive water­colors — translated into English as “Little Nothings.” (For whatever reason, he draws himself with an ungainly, monobrowed bird’s head.) In the third volume, LITTLE NOTHINGS: Uneasy Happiness (ComicsLit/­NBM, paper, $14.95), he figures out how to deal with a mouse in his home, travels to Fiji, feels guilty about wanting an iPhone and so on. It’s very gently funny but splendidly assured and evocative of place — if a friend had drawn you a page of it as a letter, you’d treasure it forever.

Doug Wolk in Sunday’s NY Times Book Review