Friday March 17, 2006

Polite Dissent

Every so often, I get worried that the original inspiration for this blog—linguistics in science fiction, in case you've lost track—is too specialized to interest more than a tiny minority of specialists.  Whenever I start to think that way, though, I always seem to stumble on a blog based around an even more improbable idea.  Case in point: Polite Dissent, a blog focused on the field of medicine as it's represented in comic books.  The author regularly puts up "Picture Quiz" posts (like this one), where he includes a page from a comic book portraying a medical scene, asks how many mistakes his readers can find, and later posts the answers (like these).  They're great fun to read, even if, like me, you don't know much about doctorin' and such-like.

I came across Polite Dissent when, inspired by an extended hiatus at The Fourth Rail (which appears to finally be back in business), I was searching for good comic book blogs to read.  I'm not sure how many of you are comic book fans, but I figured I'd throw open the question to you: what are your favorites?  I'm particular interested in consistently-updated review sites, especially ones that focus on the many, many Marvel, DC, and media tie-in books—I pretty much only buy trade paperbacks these days, and it's hard to know what's worth picking up.  Non-review sites are good, too, though—for example, I'm a huge fan of Dave's Long Box, which mostly deals with goofy stuff from old-and-musty back issues.

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Comics Worth Reading is prtty much the only review site I read nowadays. Covers all kinds of comics, not just Marvel/DC/tie-ins.

Posted by: Joshua Macy at Mar 17, 2006 5:45:32 AM

I used to be a big comic book reader - had over 3,000 comics. But now living in Asia it's pretty much impossible to follow and I'm not sure I can justify the expense even if comics were widely available.

Posted by: EFL Geek at Mar 17, 2006 2:48:04 PM

If you're interested in reading an insanely specialized blog relating to comic strips rather than comic books, try The Silent Penultimate Panel Watch.

Posted by: Ben Zimmer at Mar 17, 2006 8:27:17 PM

>> what are your favorites?

  1. Y: The Last Man.
  2. Current plan for summer is to re-read the 28 volumes of Lone Wolf and Cub.
  3. Jonah Hex. Jimmy Palmiotti is writing yet another new version of Hex after they cancelled The Monolith.
  4. Peter Milligan titles: X-Force/X-Statix or Human Target. (both were cancelled but some issues are available in tpb).
  5. Early issues of Alias.

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Posted by: at Mar 18, 2006 7:22:15 PM

www.beaucoupkevin.com
Fun, informative and insightful.

Posted by: Stephane at Mar 19, 2006 4:24:02 AM

Comics Curmudgeon at http://www.joshreads.com/ might be worth a look.

Posted by: Pt at Mar 19, 2006 8:36:27 AM