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I'm Brent Keane, I'm an Aussie in his mid-30's, and synchronicity, geekery & bloggery is what you'll find here. My other blog: Keane On Comics. (I'll update my FAQ page sometime soon, promise.)

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"What people have to understand is that taste is relative," said Brent Keane (from Ninth Art and PopImage). “What I think is an excellent piece of work may not be the case with someone else. I knew a guy who thought that Pulp Fiction was the worst film he’d ever seen, which I couldn’t fathom; I personally thought it was a masterpiece. But it was his right to say he didn’t like it, just as it’s somebody’s choice to think that Archie is the best comic being published today. I may not necessarily agree, but make a reasonable argument about it, and I’ll listen. That’s a necessary function of reviewers and critics - being able to make that argument cogently and clearly.” [1]

Goodness, was I erudite back in 2003. I was interviewed by Tim O’Shea as part of a look at online reviews of comic books/graphic novels (and indeed, the wider art of criticism as a whole); many of the other interviewees (such as Johanna Draper-Carlson, Greg McElhatton & Paul O’Brien) I still read today. It felt good to be included amongst critics whose work I’d enjoyed, if I may be honest.

The below excerpt, from the first half of the piece, also still largely holds true:

"The thing is, movie and CD reviews are usually the parts of a newspaper/magazine I tend to turn to first," admitted Brent Keane… "Read enough of those, and before long, you’ll know what works and what doesn’t. I even glance at restaurant or theatre reviews from time to time, just to get a sense of what the writer is trying to convey; if I want to visit a certain eatery after I’m finished reading the review, then he’s done his job." [2]

I guess this is largely why I still indulge in thw occasional longform critique here; it’s fun, it keeps my wrting skills honed (although they had atrophied somewhat, given my first couple of MICF reviews from last year), and if people enjoy it, so much the better. Case in point: my Comeback review from last week - I got some nice feedback from director Bernadette Keys and Steve Kilbey apparently linked to it on his Facebook page.

So, yes, I used to be a critic of note once - hell, one of my MICF reviews was used as a pullquote on their website not long after it went live, and another was quoted in the pages of InPress; people did take notice of what I said, which remains gratifying. It’s also a continual source of surprise to me, admittedly…!