Talk:Southern Cross (wordless novel)/GA1

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Reviewer: J Milburn (talk · contribs) 21:08, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Looks like a fascinating topic; I'm happy to offer a review. J Milburn (talk) 21:08, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

  • The first paragraph of the lead is a little short. I also wonder whether "Polynesian island inhabitants" could link to Polynesia or Polynesians?
    • Perhaps because they are fictional Polynesians rather than a specific type, "Polynesia" would be better? I honestly can't decide. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:43, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
    • Rearranged the lead to lengthen the first paragraph. Curly Turkey (gobble) 05:45, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Do we definitely not know the sex of the child? How about "his or her"? I'm also unsure about the "death" of an environment.
    • Well, we don't see its genitalia, and as there are no words, we don't get any hes or shes to tell us. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:43, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
    • Missed the second part. Now fixed. Curly Turkey (gobble) 05:45, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • "The only work he knew of the genre's prolific pioneer" This is a slightly strange phrase- a little too prosaic, I feel.
    • How about "The only work he knew of Flemish artist Frans Masereel, the form's first and most prolofic practitioner"? Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:43, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • "Illustrator Rockwell Kent provided the introduction" What was in the introduction?
  • Is Jimbo worth a redlink? If it's notable, go for it- no harm in having redlinks.
    • Done: I won't be the one to start the article (not a Panter fan), but it is surprising someone hasn't. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:43, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Why is the second paragraph of the reception section in present tense?
  • While a search indicates that you may have exhausted the (accessible!) academic literature, I am finding some more bits in news archives. It seems to have been nominated for an award (if none of those sources are OK, let me know and I'll try to find a print one in the Nexis archive) and it seems to have been displayed in an art gallery (ditto about Nexis).
    • Thanks. Added. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:55, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
      • Perhaps a line in the publication history section about art galleries? J Milburn (talk) 17:21, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
        • It's definitely something I'd like to include, but all I can see are press releases (and news sources reprinting th epress releases), which I don't think count RS. Also, it doesn't really explain the first question that popped into my head—why would the Burnaby Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Ontario have single prints on display? Did they tear them out of the books? Were individual prints from the book put on sale? I'd also love to find a good source that details the talks given at the Burnaby show (and the Doug Wright Awards)—apparently there's a story behind trying to find a publisher, but blogs and stuff only hint at it without actually telling the story. Curly Turkey (gobble) 23:15, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
          • I'll take a look at Nexis again for you soon- you've just caught me heading to bed, and I've got a lot on tomorrow, so it may not be until Thursday evening I'm afraid. J Milburn (talk) 23:47, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
            • I'm in no rush. I think you may have started this review within 24 hours of me putting it up! Thanks for hunting these things down. Curly Turkey (gobble) 23:57, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
              • I can't actually see anything beyond basic listings. There's no harm in using a less-than-ideal source- a newspaper article based on a press release at least confirms that it happened, which is all you really need for a brief mention. What do you think? J Milburn (talk) 20:55, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
                • I guess it doesn't hurt—it just kinda feels like "cheating". Added. Curly Turkey (gobble) 23:20, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Another source (I don't know if any bits will be useful, but anyways-

The Globe and Mail (Canada)

December 15, 2007 Saturday

We always knew politics was a comic affair; In the season's harvest of graphic novels, Nathalie Atkinson finds that the personal is political (and vice versa)

BYLINE: Nathalie Atkinson


Graphic Witness, edited by George Walker (Firefly, 423 pages, $29.95), has four wordless stories told in wood carvings. Out of print for years, these stories - by Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Giacomo Patri and Laurence Hyde - belong to an early type of visual storytelling which, as Seth points out in his afterword, owes as much to silent film as to comics.

Earnest and largely political, this format had its heyday in the 1920s and '30s, usually dealing with the oppressed underclass. The one Canadian offering, Southern Cross, is from 1951, and while the concerns are different - Pacific island atom bomb tests - the earnestness remains. Great publishing minds think alike, and Drawn & Quarterly has published Southern Cross (255 pages, $27.95) in a beautiful facsimile edition, reproducing the 118 wood engravings in their original 4- by 3-inch format.

  • Another source, which may well be useful-

The Observer (England)

November 25, 2007

Review: BOOKS: The mating call of a Wessex girl...: GRAPHIC NOVELS: Posy Simmonds updates Hardy while Nick Abadzis is drawn to a high-flying dog



Another facet of the Cold War is covered in Laurence Hyde's Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seas (Drawn & Quarterly £ 18.95, pp256) , a reprint of a woodcut novel from 1951 about the testing of an atomic bomb in the Bikini Atoll. In 118 painstakingly engraved and virtually wordless pages, the idyllic life of the Polynesian islanders is shattered as they are evacuated and then have to deal with the ecological consequences of the explosion. Alas, the thousands of hours of work that must have gone into the book were wasted on a well-meaning but facile piece of agit-prop. A pretty picture of a dying fish does not a convincing polemic make.

  • Some quick comments on sources-
    • I wouldn't bother listing journal publishers, but if you like that style, that's your choice.
      • It doesn't matter one way or the other to me, but since you're not the first one to say this I thought I'd ask—how come?
        • It's just not standard practice. I spend all day reading academic texts (across philosophy, political science, law, sociology, the biological sciences...) and it's not something I ever see being done. I'm surprised there's even a parameter for it in the template. J Milburn (talk) 09:05, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
    • Rather than Pop Matters, I'd go for PopMatters, and a link would be good!
    • Page number for The Walrus?
      • Whoops! That was an online version I forgot to include the url for. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:43, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I feel there should be a category about Laurence Hyde- Category:Works by Laurence Hyde, or something? Also, some publishers have a category.
    • Perhaps, but I don't really know a lot about Hyde aside from this book—I'm unlikely to follow up. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:43, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Is this a woodcut? We have Category:Woodcut novels?
    • "Woodcut novel" is a synonym for "Wordless novel"—the categories should be merged. Perhaps I'll get around to it. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:43, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Hope this has been helpful. Really interesting topic, definitely worth writing about. (Images and spotchecks look fine). J Milburn (talk) 21:50, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Ok, I'm happy that this article is ready for GA status. I suspect there's not really enough material out there for FA status; perhaps there will be a few reviews and analyses tucked away in hard-to-access sources that you could dig up. In any case, the articles in great shape now, and makes for a good GA. J Milburn (talk) 11:10, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

I've placed it in the comics section of Wikipedia:Good articles/Language and literature. If you'd rather move it elsewhere, feel free. J Milburn (talk) 11:16, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
I think I'll just leave the wordless novel articles wherever they happen to get placed until someone with a strong opinion comes along and "fixes" them (likely never). Curly Turkey (gobble) 11:30, 22 March 2014 (UTC)