For the record, Jacques' allegedly insensitive use of the word
"handicapped" is NOT what I objected to in my original reply to him. And any pressure for him to "apologize" for using the word, if any such pressure even existed, did not come from me.
Got that? IT DID NOT COME FROM ME.
So please, spare me the snide pot shots, and spare us all the usual
whining and hand-wringing and off-topic pontificating about the evils
of political correctness. Those arguments were already growing
tiresome back before Reagan was even senile.
Let's get back to crime fiction.
Anyone read Jacques Tardi's adaptation of Manchette's WEST COAST BLUES
yet? Tardi's simple, B&W, vaguely cartoonish style belies the dark
bleak mood of the story, a bored, angsty French businessman's freefall
into hell, thanks to a random chain of events, but also forces us to
really look at the characters as real people. It's a trick Tardi's
used before, in adapting other hard-boiled and noir novels (most
notably the Malet adaptations), but it's a good trick, and he does it
I tell ya, it's turning into a banner year for graphic novels for hard-
boiled crime fans. BRITTEN AND BRULIGHTLY, the PARKER adaptation, and
Any updates on the new Vertigo books? Are they worth the price tag?
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