Go read Larry Young's latest "Loose Cannon" column at Comic Book Resources. I think Larry Young is fantastic - he's the Stan Lee of the 21st century, except a lot savvier. He has the blueprint for modern comics - great passion, great ideas, great execution, great marketing, great business. And he makes it look easy. If you cloned Larry Young, and handed one out to every comics publisher out there ... comics would be fixed.
That said ... I call bullshit, Larry Young.
I mean, how else to account for what passes for comics criticism, nowadays? When was the last time you read something online or in print that wasn't a bunch of negativity, or, at best, dissembling? Where is everyone's passion? Where is the enthusiasm? I mean, if you don't like what you're reading, here's a thought: stop.
Where's everyone's passion, Larry? It's at the Brill Building. It's at Double Articulation. It's at Jog - The Blog. It's at Zilla and the Comics Junkies. It's at Comics Should Be Good. It's at Quality Control. It's at Buzzscope. And that's just the start - look to the right to see a lot more.
I keep hearing about the general negativity in the WeboComicsBlogoNet, but I don't see it. There's a lot of passionate criticism out there right now. There's a lot of people writing about the things that excite them and the things that make them glad to read comics. There's a lot of people taking it seriously, trying to bang the drum for the comics they like. Tarring them all with the snark brush is like opening the back of Previews and assuming it's all tits-n-vampires.
... And in true Larry Young style, I am going to stay "on message":
Where is the enthusiasm, Larry? It's at Focused Totality.