With a B.A. in English, John spends his free time wandering the streets of Philadelphia in search of things to write about. He has his own blog, www.adistantlanguage.blogspot.com and also contributes to www.radiostaticphilly.net, a blog that covers Philadelphia's music scene.
The Birth of DC/Vertigo Comics Was a Messy One | 20 Aug 2015 // 5:00 AM
In the '90s, Vertigo was a brand new day for comics, completely unprecedented. It celebrated grunge and alternative music. And then it became embraced by the mainstream.
Grunge Rock, Flannel, the Birth of DC/Vertigo, Whatever | 13 Aug 2015 // 4:00 AM
Vertigo was a completely unprecedented break in the corporate backing of artistic creativity. But it needed the '90s to come into being.
Philippe Druillet's Lone Sloane Adventures Artfully Take You to Other Worlds | 2 Feb 2017 // 9:00 PM
These books create a visually mesmerizing mix of sci-fi and fantasy, where rocket ships cause men to stumble upon gods and monsters that occupy the distant corners of the universe.
'American Candide': A Modern Allegory on Nationalism | 3 Aug 2016 // 3:30 AM
Candide and the gang take the gas out of the contemporary political landscape, capitalism, formal education, Hollywood and the news with a sarcastic flare.
'Snotgirl' S'not Your Average Comic | 27 Jul 2016 // 5:30 AM
Bryan Lee O'Malley blows his nose at social media and fashion culture.
Anthologies of Serial Exposure | 27 Dec 2016 // 9:15 PM
Serial anthologies challenge us to ask what constitutes a comic and consider the possibilities of what they can be.
Beck's Return to Rapping with "Wow" | 13 Jul 2016 // 5:00 AM
Beck continues to take on new styles by creating a pop/rap summertime anthem.