Dean Blumberg is a die-hard Red Sox fan, pop-culture junkie, freelance writer, and community college English instructor. He writes music reviews for www.10Listens.com. Contact him: deanblumberg AT gmail.com
It’s Not Easy Being Green: Swamp Thing, Ecology and the (Sometimes Slimy) Nature of Being | 8 Jun 2010 // 9:40 PM
Continuing the critical analysis of the Swamp Thing character as it transitions from creative control of Len Wein and Berni Wrightson to Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jon Totleben.
It’s Not Easy Being Green: Swamp Thing, Ecology and the (Sometimes Slimy) Nature of Being | 1 Jun 2010 // 10:08 PM
New Swamp Thing scribe, Alan Moore evolved the character in the early 1980s by introducing stories around the frailty of human consciousness into a book which until then examined human/plant interaction.
Backyard Fiction a.k.a. the Great American Myth of Suburbia | 15 Apr 2010 // 5:00 PM
Suburban discontent in Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, John Updike's Couples and Richard Ford's Independence Day. The idea or myth of suburbia is just as real as the actual shopping centers, schools, etc.
All Cut-Up: Charles Burns's "X'ed Out" | 15 Nov 2010 // 7:30 PM
Rather than simply deconstruct the cultural engine that popularized Hergé's Adventures of Tintin, writer-artist Charles Burns relies on visualizing the cut-up technique of Beat writer William Burroughs in X'ed Out.
'Scarlet #1': '80s Grim 'N Gritty... Now Available in 21st Century Female | 19 Jul 2010 // 9:20 PM
With the creative team's first major collaboration since Halo it's clear that Alex Maleev has upped his game. But has Bendis?
If I Could Tell The World Just One Thing: Bizarro in Action Comics #856 | 20 Jul 2010 // 6:01 AM
How do you humanize the pre-verbal monster of the Superman continuity? If you're a gifted writer like Geoff Johns, it might mean pulling back and allowing the artwork to tell the tale.
Catch Her in ihe Rye: Paul Pope's THB | 13 Jul 2010 // 4:48 AM
With visual elements sampled from the recent past and a science fiction tomorrow, Pope presents a future as garish as it is plausible.