James Orbesen
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Rocketed to Chicago as a young adult from a doomed suburb, James now writes for truth, justice and the conspicuous consumption of comic books. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Jacobin, The New Humanism, Salon, Bookslut, and elsewhere. He blogs, occasionally, at Graphically Apparent.

Features // 3 Articles
Reviews // 23 Articles
//Features

The Three Creators: PopMatters at the "Chicago Women in Comics" Panel | 5 Oct 2010 // 4:00 PM

This past week Columbia College hosted the Chicago Women in Comics but rather than unearth a discourse of marginalization, the event showcased a deep wellspring of talent and widescale commercial success.

Life and Anti-Life: Kirby’s Fourth World Gambit | 22 Aug 2010 // 4:00 PM

Already having established himself as the co-creator of the Marvel Universe, Jack "the King" Kirby, ran very little risk in moving to rival publisher DC. The gamble of producing a single story told over four distinct titles however, proved to be an incredible commercial challenge.

//Reviews

Can Selfishness Be a Virtue? | 21 May 2015 // 2:00 AM

Through the magical intersection of text and image The Age of Selfishness seeks to clarify the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and how it influenced the Masters of the Universe.

Diving Deep Into the Other Worlds of Japan's Most Famous Living Writer | 21 Jan 2015 // 8:05 PM

Haruki Murakami is famous for his magical worlds rich in issues of identity and psychology. Strecher's book is the road map to understand the twisting, metaphysical 'Over There' of Murakami.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Eat to Live: The 35th Anniversary of 'Pac-Man'

// Moving Pixels

"The story of Pac-Man is the story of America.

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