Notables 2010: Ellen Lindner’s Shams, Scams and Blind Faith

Ellen Lindner, Shams, Scams and Blind Faith, Hey! 4-Eyes, no. 3, 2009.

Cartoonist and proud glasses-wearer Ellen Lindner presents here a well-researched, humorous, and stylish history of Western civilization’s conflicted relationship with eyewear. The attention to costume and background detail as well as the balance between image, narration, and dialogue (such that the eye is never strained!) make this an exemplary non-fiction comic.

Age: teen and up.

What is this “Notable” thing all about? Matt and Jessica are the series editors for the Best American Comics, and are responsible for the Notable Comics list at the back of the book, which is comprised of virtually all the comics we sent to the guest editor that weren’t picked, as well as a number of others that we think are noteworthy for various reasons, but that we didn’t send to the guest editor.

We’ve always hoped readers will delve a bit into the list to find more great stories once they finish reading BAC. Realistically, though, we know that’s tough. What can you know about a story from a title and author? So this is one of a series of posts focusing on each of the Notables from the 2010 Best American Comics.

Have or know of a comic we should look at? Find submission info here.

The “age” suggestion is what we think might be the minimum age for reading and appreciating a work. All works on the list, though, should appeal to older audiences too. It’s a minimum suggestion only.


3 Comments to Notables 2010: Ellen Lindner’s Shams, Scams and Blind Faith

  • by Mark Stafford

    On March 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Nice work Ellen, and you sport a fine spectacle.

  • by Ellen Lindner

    On March 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks Mark! Nice to see you last weekend.

  • by vollsticks

    On April 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Her lettering is much better in this compared with “Undertow”.

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