The New York Times reviews ‘Persepolis 2’: She Can’t Go Home Again by Marjane Satrapi (published by Pantheon Books). Given the good reviews accorded to the first Persepolis I am not surprised to find that the Times loves this sequel as well.
Comics, not just webcomics, need to embrace a “new normal” or a “mainstream mainstream” by tackling such works as Satrapi has produced. I am expanding on a rant from earlier today but a bookstore should carry a range of comics on all kinds of appropriate subjects. I’d prefer them to be shelved with other books but at a minimum I want them to be organized in a respectful fashion with a healthy balance of genres and themes.
What I don’t want and don’t need is for the bookstore to recreate the worst aspects of the direct market store in minature. A sloppy pile of “graphic novels” that are nothing more than super hero monthly compilations.