Mostly because over the past months I have realized how little I want to be a part of the conversation going on in comics criticism. I stopped writing criticism over a year ago to focus on making comics, and maybe naively, figured everyone else would stop focusing on my criticism and focus on my comics too. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case, so I have destroyed the evidence, in order to no longer have any kind of a horse in the comics-crit race.
I started writing about comics on the internet in 2009 because I found the discourse that was going on then really stimulating. I felt like I had to be a part of the conversation that Tucker Stone and Joe McCulloch and Chris Mautner and the guys on the Comics Comics blog were having. I felt I had a contribution to make. Since then the prevailing winds seem to have shifted, and now the big topic of conversation isn’t really comics anymore, but the type of people who read/make/write about them. I guess maybe that conversation is important to some people, but I could not care less. So I have removed myself from the game as entirely as possible.
I still have a little writing up on The Comics Journal, which I am very proud to have out there. I was published in TCJ at 20 years old - unless I was gonna edit that thing one day, I made it to the pinnacle anyway. And I’m more “in comics” now than ever before: working 6 days a week at the best comic book store in the world, podcasting with the only people I was interested in talking to about this stuff to begin with, and drawing and publishing comics that I think are pretty great. I’ll be in comics for life, but the criticism part has become a distraction - I’ve got six graphic novels to finish before I turn 30, and by then I fully expect to be a part of the “great cartoonists” conversation. So I’ll be over here working, like always; but now you have to come to me. If you liked my criticism, I hope you’ll follow my cartooning. If not, well, I’m glad to have said my piece.