Thursday, May 18, 2006

Reviewing Comics

I just finished writing a review for Thing #6 over at my FFPlaza web site. As I've mentioned here before, I've become a quick fan of Dan Slott's and this issue is no exception.

But what in reviewing the book, I was reminded that I actually spent a fair amount of time reviewing comics back in the late 1990s. I believe I've covered that story here. What I didn't mention, though, was that I was actually somewhat relieved to stop doing comic reviews. What I found was happening was that I was focusing rather intently on critical analysis, and I wasn't just sitting back and enjoying the stories. And that's the reason why I want to keep reading comics: to enjoy the stories.

Interestingly, Tales of Wonder recently announced that they were looking for reviewers, and I promptly sent off some samples. (I haven't heard back from them yet, BTW.) So what's the difference between then and now?

Well, money, to be frank. Back when I was doing those other reviews, I was effectively reviewing EVERY book I was reading. I wasn't able to sit back and enjoy anything. These days, I spend quite a bit more on comics and I'm certain that if I do get a freelance reviewer gig at Tales of Wonder, I won't be reviewing each and every book I read. I can still kick back and just read some books for the sheer enjoyment of it.

THAT'S why I'm not writing more reviews for FFPlaza, and why I think I'll be able to handle working on them for Tales of Wonder.

Of course, that's kind of egotistically assuming I'll get a reviewer gig with them.