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Michael D. Stewart
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PopMatters Associate Comics Editor

PopMatters Associate Comics Editor Michael D. Stewart has been a freelance writer, pr consultant, loan officer and private detective. He holds degrees in communications and media studies. Michael currently spends his days as a marketing executive and his nights prowling the mean keys of his laptop. Follow him on Twitter: @MichaelDStewart


Features

Friday, September 13 2013

Batwoman: Unhappily Ever After

The spat between Batwoman’s creative and editorial teams has dominated comics news recently. And while the sexual orientation certainly makes the story sensational, this turn of events is solely about publisher DC’s editorial decisions.


Wednesday, April 24 2013

Love and Fulfillment: On the Li’l Depressed Boy, Parks and Recreation and Neal Cassady

If Li'l Depressed Boy creators Struble & Grace achieve anything, it's a magnificent artistic range that can conceptually connect even Parks & Recreation with Beat icon Neal Cassady…


Wednesday, April 17 2013

What the Influence?: On "Batman #19", Cartoons and Music

While some comic writers and artists find inspiration in the past or the future or other artists or other genres, there are others that choose to jump platforms and find a muse in, say, television. Case in point: Batman #19


Tuesday, April 9 2013

Reading Comics ‘At the Movies’: On Roger Ebert and Comics Criticism

It was only recently that I figured out how much film critic Roger Ebert has influenced my work as a critic and writer. You see, he and I shared one thing in common: we both love the Alex Proyas film Dark City


Wednesday, April 3 2013

Things I Said I’d Do This Year: The Narrative Consequences of Batman, Spider-Man and Daredevil

What would the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the term "suspension of disbelief" say to Batman, Inc. and the Superior Spider-Man? Surely they stretch the term too far, surely Daredevil is more is speed?…


Reviews

Monday, April 21 2014

The Psycho in a Batsuit is My Friend: “Batman #30”

I find myself growing tired of Zero Year, a yearlong story that has come after two other lengthy storyarcs. I’m especially tired after lines like this: “Gentlemen, meet my friend…the ‘$%$^! psycho in a batsuit.’


Tuesday, April 1 2014

Why Can’t I Quit You and Other Pop Culture References: Buffy Season 10 #1

Cultural identity, sexuality, female empowerment, good versus evil, corruption of power, high school, these are just some of the more academic topics that we critics have used to frame discussions of the Chosen One and her friends.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Don’t sing me ‘Tokyo Moon’ while I’m drowning: “Batman #29”

One word that describes Batman #29 is cinematic. But that’s the only word you’d get.


Monday, March 10 2014

The Postmodern Mr. Knight, Or How to Juxtapose the Craziness of Moon Knight

Call it off-beat. Call it postmodern and ironic. Whatever it is, Marvel has captured a tone that emphasizes the day-to-day nuances of superheroes juxtaposed with the craziness of super heroics…


Monday, February 24 2014

Taking a Break for Commercials: "Batman #28"

Just as Zero Year’s second chapter was beginning to pick up momentum and move beyond the essential, there’s a pause for Batman #28 to flash forward to the near future.


Blogs

Friday, March 23 2012

Friendship in the Apocalypse: Brian Wood's "The Massive" Exclusive Part 2

How do you ensure the high-quality comics production? On the cusp of his new project, The Massive Brian Wood confesses in a PopMatters exclusive that the answer often is friendship


Tuesday, January 31 2012

Accessible Apocalypse Part I: The Brian Wood Exclusive on "The Massive"

Beginning this week, a series of prequel chapters that introduce Brian Wood's The Massive, a series that really denotes a turn in the river for this phenomenal artist.


Friday, November 11 2011

Balancing Personal Vision and Superheroes: An Interview with Jeff Lemire

As a writer-artist and a writer, Jeff Lemire has a tough balancing act ahead of him. In a PopMatters exclusive, Michael D. Stewart raps with Lemire at the historic New York Comic Con.


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