A brief question. Does anyone have strong feelings as to how we should refer to comic creators in reviews? I tend to go full-out with names on the first mention, then switch to surnames.
Or rather, Martin Gray tends to go full out with names on the first mention, then Gray sticks to surnames.
It’s habit – that’s how I approach the subject when I’m in occasional reviewing mode for work. But often I’ve been enjoying the contributions of the people I’m writing about for years. Calling Geoff Johns, say, Johns might read as a tad impolite, or a remnant of private school (not that I went, you understand …).
But I don’t actually know Geoff Johns, or 99 per cent of the folk I write about, so just calling him Geoff feels a tad presumptuous. One of my blogging chums, Colin of Too Busy Thinking About My Comics, always uses Mr and so on, which sounds fine given the dignity of Colin’s lovely blog, but I’m far from convinced I could pull it off.
I’m not lying awake at nigh worrying about this, but I do wonder occasionally, does flinging surnames around imply a certain snittiness that’s not meant? Any views welcome!