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.
Tuesday, October 5 2010
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.
Sunday, August 22 2010
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.
Wednesday, August 11 2010
For over 70 years Catwoman's Selina Kyle has been a character to offer a more credible voice to questions of power in the representation of women in comics.
Monday, March 24 2014
Fantastic Four #1 seems too beholden to its history to make much of an impact. Part of this stems from the fact, as first issues do, that all characters need to be introduced.
Tuesday, March 11 2014
The latest ongoing team-up book for Batman and Superman, helmed by Greg Pak, continues a tradition of grand storytelling, albeit in a much smaller universe.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
It’s always bittersweet when an acclaimed run comes to an end. But, instead of a farewell, it’s an "I’ll see you later" because a new issue #1 is imminent.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Look at most superhero comics and you’ll see a white, probably male, face staring back at you. Yet, while the culture has moved forward, most comic characters’ racial and sexual identity remains fixed in the past.
Monday, February 17 2014
As first issues go, The Mercenary Sea #1 quickly establishes the cast and setting, packing as much in as possible, therefore giving the reader a wide window into this world.