Exactly What Kind of Reviews of Comics Will the NYT’s Provide?

Polygon says the “Gray Lady”, that notorious colossus of propaganda, will be reinstating graphic novels in their news:


The New York Times today announced that it will resume publishing a Graphic Books bestseller list for the first time in over two years, restoring a key point of prestige for the oft-undervalued medium of comics.


But what kind of stories will they cite? If the end paragraph is any suggestion:


In 2017, the Times’ graphic novel bestseller lists were regularly topped by YA fiction and memoir, like Raina Telgemeier’s Guts, one of Polygon’s most anticipated graphic novels of 2019. Teen-girl-focused superheroes often made an appearance as well, like Kamala Khan (seen above). If I had to bet, I’d say that probably hasn’t changed much, but we can all find out for sure next week.


If the New York Times is just going to continue propping up propaganda titles like Sana Amat’s Ms. Marvel, then they’ve only further proven why they’re such an awful paper. That any retailers/creators would consider it such a big deal for the wares they’re selling be reviewed in such a trash heap is laughable, especially when there are several other print and online publications around that already do a far better, more objective job reviewing graphic novels.


I suppose the NYT’s the favored news source because they’re far less objective, and have no devotion to meritocracies. But as their falling sales and revenue over the past decade have proven, that’s why choosing such a horrid paper for reviewing graphic novels is laughable.


Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1