Even worse is his suggestion that graphic novels or their adaptations form a subgenre. Graphic novels and comic books have addressed a wide range of subjects and are capable of both brilliance and stupidity, just like films, books, and plays. It's true that the movies have been pretty awful, often because they're based on substandard material. But in plenty of other cases—Ghost World and From Hell come to mind—it's been the movies that have failed their sources, not the other way around.

Anthony Ha
Palo Alto, California

Based instinct

It seems Atkinson has become so incensed by the slew of comic-book adaptations the film industry has recently produced that he has lost not only objectivity but also rationality. While one concedes that there have indeed been a number of turkeys, it is apparently lost on Atkinson that MirrorMask is, in fact, not based on a comic book at all.

Matthew Greenhalgh
Colchester, England

Class dismissed

In the wake of Michael Atkinson's casual, complete, and ludicrous dismissal of the medium of graphic narrative—not a mere entire genre, mind you, but the very medium itself—I imagine Voice readers can look forward to art reviews that condemn all sculpture, book reviews that disavow fiction, and pop music reviews that lament the way in which beauteous instrumental tones are so offensively sullied by the presence of a human voice.

Stephen Segal
Metuchen, New Jersey

Michael Atkinson replies: I note that MirrorMask is a movie before it is a comic book—as if it makes much of a difference, particularly in terms of Gaiman's career, volumes of which I have snored through. As for the medium's claim to fabulousness, I'd rather actually read, thanks.

Georgia on his mind

Thank you so much for Rob Nelson's article on Georgia Brown ["Mother Knew Best," September 28–October 4] . I loved her writing so much, especially every word she wrote about Kieslowski's films. She liked him almost as much as I do. I've always wondered what she did when she left the paper. While Nelson's last paragraph was interesting, I wish he'd said a little more about what she's been up to. We really need a collection of her film writing—I'd go back to it again and again.

Glenn Fox
Seattle, Washington

In vain

Re Sarah Ferguson's "Cindy Sheehan's Week in Washington" [September 28–October 4] : Although I feel sad for Cindy Sheehan, I in no way support her. If we pull out now, all these guys and gals will have died in vain. To me and many others she is making a mockery of her son's death. That is wrong. I too have had a lot of family in the military. My husband's cousin was killed on 9-11; my husband is a disabled Korean War veteran who is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. My cousin Rob Skinner won a Silver Star in Iraq and I'm very proud of him. None of them quit and ran. None of them put our president down at a time when our nation needs every person to stand up against terror. I hope Sheehan will have the good sense to go home.

Lora Barnes
Nyssa, Oregon


Robert Christgau writes : Horrendous error: The Amy Rigby song I call "Last Night I Danced With Johnny Ramone" in my most recent Consumer Guide ["Craft and Lies," September 28–October 4] is actually "Dancing With Joey Ramone." My third egregious brother error: first the Alvins, then the Gallaghers, now the Ramones. How stupid of me.

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