Death Panels: Comics Criticism, 2004-2019 by Noah Berlatsky
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Overview: Art Spiegelman is a talentless, ambulance-chasing hack
Ariel Schrag’s Likewise is the best autobio comic ever written.
Jacob Lawrence is a better comics artist than R. Crumb.
Black humor is for bootlickers.
Cold takes to make you hot and hot takes to make you cold; Death Panels examines the tedious misogyny of Dan Clowes, the fecal vision of Axe Cop, and the great comic art of Lichtenstein. Is comics a young, vibrant, omnivorous, surprising aesthetic medium in conversation with children’s books, the poetry of Paul Celan and the shape of coke bottles? Or is it a clubhouse that smells of old socks and status anxiety? The only way to find out is to burn it all down and sift through the ashes for the beautiful bits. Away with this trembling art. Give me art that gets stronger when you fight it, not weaker. Give me the art that’s left after the hammer comes down.