Genius, Animated & Reviewed by James Romberger

Contributed by: Tothfans on Wed, June 4, 2014 / 11:06pm CDT

Official Alex Toth website : News : Genius, Animated & Reviewed by James Romberger


Writer and Artist James Romberger has posted his thoughts and analysis of the newly released 'Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth' for 'The Comics Journal'.

As well expected for those who are familiar with James' reviews of the previous volumes in this series, this review offers his no-holds-barred perspective on the latest and last volume in the series.

And on a side note, I would strongly recommend you pick up James' book 'Post York' published by Uncivilized Books.


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john_hitchcock Reply to this message john_hitchcock on Tue, June 10, 2014 - 9:52 pm CDT ...

I really do not understand an axe to grind here. Personally , I think we should all very proud of the Three volume Toth set. I know Alex would be very very proud to see this project accomplished.Sure , he would find some fault, that is the way he was built but still I think the future Toth Fans will find these books a major touchstone in discovering Alex Toth's amazing work.

Lordsemaj Reply to this message Lordsemaj on Sun, June 22, 2014 - 5:03 pm CDT ...

"Axe to grind" is called criticism, John---but I do agree that Toth would have had his own points of contention. Keep in mind that even though I have a lot of issues with these books, I still supported the second volume for nomination in my capacity as an Eisner judge this year. But I didn't really expect much support for my opinions about the new volume on TCJ and my earlier Hooded Utilitarian review of the first book---- after all, I am apparently one of the few of Toth's supporters who felt these three huge books gave a negative sense of the man and zero articulation of why he was and is one of the greatest of all American cartoonists. I am in the planning stages for a book of analysis of Toth's actual work, which as I note is seriously absent from the "Genius" trilogy---and I don't expect much support for that either.