Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Cinquefoil

    Cinquefoil said, over 4 years ago

    Critics are just jealous.

  2. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 4 years ago


    Always depends on the situation. Is the criticism valid, or not? If all critics are just jealous, then in some cases that amounts to saying they are jealous of error.

  3. Michael Thorton

    Michael Thorton said, over 4 years ago


    In many ways, the work of a critic is easy.
    We risk very little, yet enjoy a position of power over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.

    But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.

    But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and the defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

    I was a film and food critic since the age of 14 and I spent three years as a video game critic when I was 16 years old. On the offhand chance that a rare example shows up in the gaming industry, the general population usually discards it and it is up to us critics to ensure it is not lost forever.

    The general population are fools who cannot understand art and writing, evidenced as why they choose cheap and tacky stuff like Call of Duty and Halo over dedicated, introspective work like BioShock, and cannot tell the difference between lobster sauce Bearnaise and crabmeat blended with milk. It is only critics like us who know how to understand the human mind.

    So next time you think we’re just jealous, hold your tongue or I’ll slice it off with my bread knife.

  4. Cinquefoil

    Cinquefoil said, over 4 years ago

    Seriously, people. I was joking…

  5. Cinquefoil

    Cinquefoil said, over 4 years ago

    @Michael Thorton

    I apologize, I didn’t mean to offend you. When I wrote “critic,” I didn’t mean “people who professionally review and critique art,” but more “random people, on the Internet for example, who are constantly whining about art that they could easily avoid.” Unfortunately, that’s not as catchy.

  6. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 4 years ago

    One of the most useful things I learned at Oregon Tech was not scientific or technical. It was the One Third Rule.

    A third of criticism is right on. You should take it and learn from it.

    A third of criticism is partially correct. Learn what you can from it.

    A third of criticism is completely wrong. Ignore it.

    The trick is to know which is which.

  7. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, over 4 years ago

    @Michael Thorton

    You may be accurate but I still have a hard time accepting the New York City critics’ reviews of “White on White” years ago as “Art”. I still say the King wore no clothes!

  8. Joseph Guyer

    Joseph Guyer said, over 4 years ago

    Those who can – do.
    Those who understand – teach.

  9. David Rickard

    David Rickard said, over 4 years ago

    @Michael Thorton

    Is it just me or is this ripped off from the most excellent film Ratatouille?

  10. K M

    K M GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    My dad always said if you wanted to learn something, try to teach it.

  11. SkyFisher

    SkyFisher said, over 4 years ago

    Those who can’t:
    blog on and on in the comments…
    forever perpetuating a stupid argument…
    disillusioned that they will change people…
    thinking their views are the only right ones…
    turning jokes into political issues…
    showing they are useless in their life…

    Wait, I mean, uh…

  12. demorodney

    demorodney said, over 4 years ago

    And those who can’t teach administrate.

  13. davidh48

    davidh48 said, over 4 years ago

    @Michael Thorton

    World class excellent, but use a butter knife, it’s smoother.


  14. wwh85cp

    wwh85cp said, over 4 years ago

    Wow. That speech must have been fantastic, and I wouldn’t have expected such profundity from Teddy.

    On the other hand, a critic as described by Ishikawa Goemon above is a great ideal – one who can point out the excellence of the man (or woman) in the arena, whether that arena is a kitchen, a computer, or a playing field.

  15. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 4 years ago

    In a cartoon by Corey Pandolph in the February 12, 2012 issue of The New Yorker, a man sitting at his computer says to his wife: “Those who can’t, comment.” This is not a criticism, nor is it an accusation of theft. I’m just sayin’ …

    Also, George Bernard Shaw and John Updike are but two examples of fellows who “did” and criticized, and were pretty well respected at both.

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