Globe & Mail: There is Life After Maus--in Berlin

“Life after Maus” / The Globe & Mail / J.D. Considine / March 29, 2003

'Read any good graphic novels lately?"

It's not standard cocktail party chatter yet, but give it time. After decades of being stuck in the superhero ghetto, comics are once again being taken seriously.

Thanks to such titles as Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde and Jason Lutes's Berlin: City of Stones, graphic novels are reviewed in major newspapers, carried in mainstream bookstores, and consumed by people who wouldn't think of reading Spider-Man or Spawn.

"They're the hot new thing," says Gary Groth, who both heads the Seattle-based Fantagraphics publishing house and edits The Comics Journal. "Graphic novels are coming into a new cachet."

Of course, they've been there before.


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