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The Iconographies
"The Iconographies" is a series of weekly features focusing on iconic moments, creators, characters or publications in the ongoing 'biography' of graphic literature.

Friday, June 14 2013

How Does Superman Shave?: A Discussion with Mythbusters Adam and Jamie

Who are the Mythbusters? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take time off the set of Mythbusters to answer Gillette's challenge of "How Does He Shave?" And in a discussion with PopMatters, the Mythbusters get to the heart of why they make popular culture, and why it matters.


Thursday, June 13 2013

Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 1 of 4: Avengers and Avengers Arena

What hath Bendis wrought?! In unravelling the traditional structure of the Avengers nearly a decade ago, writer Brian Michael Bendis lay the groundwork for something truly unimaginable at the time. Something both Joss Whedon with the 2012 blockbuster, and current writer Jonathan Hickman are heirs to.


Friday, June 7 2013

A Decade by Lantern Light: “Green Lantern” vs. “The Office”

In his last review for the U.S. version of The Office, Erik Adams of The A.V. Club explained that the final episode of one of the biggest TV shows of the past decade “…gets sentimental, but it deserves to get sentimental.” But it was also more than that. As was Geoff Johns decade-long run on Green Lantern…


Thursday, June 6 2013

Maim of Steel: Exclusive with John Ficarra on “MAD Superman Spectacular”

There's a pause from John Ficarra, then a slight chuckle, then, a wistful sigh before he answers. A special edition format like MAD Super Spectacular: Superman highlights John's stewardship of not only the cultural mainstay that is MAD, but his mentoring of an entirely new generation of MAD talent…


Friday, May 31 2013

No End in Sight: The Exclusive with ‘Watchmen’ Co-Creator John Higgins

Watchmen co-creator John Higgins talks about his opus Razorjack and his road to self-mastery as a comics creator's creator.


Wednesday, May 29 2013

New York City-Sourced Chaos in Graphic Novel ‘Strange Attractors’

Instability underpins this maps-and-Manhattan-centric graphic novel from Charles Soule.


Friday, May 24 2013

Eliot, then Chopin: Investigating ‘The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes’

Before Sandman, huh? Well that must mean there's at least a Sandman before, Before Sandman. So let's start at the beginning…


Thursday, May 23 2013

Sword of Sorcery, A Retrospective

With an acclaimed career in writing TV shows and videogames, Christy Marx was practicing transmedia long before the term became popularized. Her reimagining of DC's classic Amethyst stories only underpin her mastery…


Friday, May 17 2013

Drawn Back Into Dreaming: Spotlight on Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman”

Why would Neil Gaiman return to the proverbial scene of the crime, the scene of his greatest, grandest, longest-running comics success, the Sandman? Perhaps the answer lies in the work itself…


Thursday, May 16 2013

Cold War Kids Are Hard to Kill, a Sonnet

While the Cold War might be over, for the creative teams behind Winter Soldier and Suicide Squad, the Cold War itself becomes a powerful metaphor.


Friday, May 10 2013

Re: Purpose: Is Summer 2013 a High Noon for the Superhero Movie?

Just as westerns in the 1950s addressed the role US geopolitical concerns during the Cold War, the superhero and pulp-hero movie seems to have slid comfortably into that same popcultural space.


Thursday, May 9 2013

Great Literature, Circuits Through Time: A Deeper Look at “Saga #12”

Great literature is instantly recognizable, regardless of how its stories are relocated in historical context. Brian K. Vaughan's Saga reminds us that the same is easily true for the medium of comics…


Wednesday, May 8 2013

Comics Creator Matt Kindt’s ‘Fine Art’

Each page that comics creator Matt Kindt produces is marked by an ability to communicate nostalgia that is immediate and striking.


Friday, May 3 2013

Now the Hardness of this World: A Critical Response to “Iron Man Three” Continued

In Iron Man Three incoming director Shane Black presents us with a perfectly-crafted vision of Tony Stark that we didn't realize we needed to see, until now…


Thursday, May 2 2013

In the End, What You Don’t Surrender: A Critical Response to ‘Iron Man Three’

In Iron Man Three incoming director Shane Black presents us with a perfectly-crafted vision of Tony Stark that we didn't realize we needed to see, until now…


Wednesday, May 1 2013

That Metal in Your Bones Soundtrack: The Music of Iron Man

Iconic sound effects like Wolverine's snikt or Spider-Man's thwip have always been crucial in comics storytelling. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau has shown how the right soundtrack can come to identify a superhero in the same way on the big screen…


Friday, April 26 2013

Tomorrow Is a Thief 2: The Countdown to “Iron Man 3” Continues

Jon Favreau's Iron Man wasn't only a reboot in the thinking behind how superhero movies hit the popular imagination, it also reminded us that when we asked, "How do you make money from the internet?" we were really asking something far deeper, something far more meaningful…


Thursday, April 25 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…


Friday, April 19 2013

Tomorrow Is a Thief: The Countdown to “Iron Man 3”

With the soft reboot of Marvel Now!, and incoming director Shane Black, no longer share even the semblance of being connected, thematically at least if not by narrative. So what happens now?


Thursday, April 18 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


Friday, April 12 2013

The Big Switch: the National Robotics Week Exclusive with Jonathan Mahood

Cartoonist Jonathan Mahood's Bleeker is a genuine cultural flashpoint, embodying the struggle between print and digital, and dealing with the larger issue of why we are beginning to resemble our machines. No wonder Bleeker is the mascot for National Robotics Week…


Thursday, April 11 2013

Unassailable 3: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

The ultimate Grant Morrison reaches its conclusion, only to discover that ultimates are like ultimatums, there should be no place for them…


Wednesday, April 10 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


Friday, April 5 2013

Unassailable 2: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

The ultimate Grant Morrison interview reaches its turn…


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?…


Friday, March 29 2013

Unassailable: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

One the eve of Grant Morrison wrapping up his legendary runs having written both Superman and Batman, we can't spend our time talking about Justine Bieber, surely?…


Thursday, March 28 2013

Congo Horrors Reported Graphically for ‘Army of God’

A difficult new work of nonfiction graphic journalism chronicles human rights atrocities in Central Africa.


Friday, March 22 2013

Don’t Get Too Attached 2…: Commencing “Constantine”

Jay-Z, Hunter S. Thompson, Muhammad Ali!, and Gwen Stefani, and of course John Constantine…


Thursday, March 21 2013

I Haven’t Thought of You Lately: Nostalgia, Veronica Mars and Batman

I scanned the pledge levels, but hesitated to commit my money. I have a very uneasy relationship with Kickstarter. Crowd-funding, a seeming necessity of the 21st century economy, strikes me as borderline exploitation…


Friday, March 15 2013

Don’t Get Too Attached 1…: Concluding “Hellblazer”

In December last year, DC announced a shocking move--occult powerbroker and con artist mage John Constantine would not only leave the Vertigo imprint, but leave behind the Hellblazer title altogether after more than a quarter-century of publication. This first act looks back at the difficulties with Constantine getting his own start…


Thursday, March 14 2013

Fear of Dystopian Futures and Apocalypses as Perspective: All-New X-Men and The Massive

What were the Mayans really getting at with the ending of their 5,126 year long calendar that ended this past December. As All-New X-Men and the Massive show, maybe the fear is more universal than we recognize…


Friday, March 8 2013

This Little Bird’s Fallen Out of That Nest Now: On Morrison Exiting ‘Batman’

The death of Damian Wayne, current Robin and actual son of the Batman in Batman, Inc. #8 signals the exit of industry legend Grant Morrison after six years of having written the character…


Friday, March 1 2013

Something I Made Myself Into: Exclusive with “Shade” Creator James Robinson

The 12-issue mini-series The Shade is possibly writer James Robinson's final return to the world-within-a-world of Opal City and its unique cast of characters. Robinson takes the time to offer frank and unique insights into a book that is the culmination of decades of writing…


Thursday, February 28 2013

Hushmoney Redux: Star Power, Corporate Responsibility and Stewardship

A chance encounter with NPR's Planet Money sparks a sincere wrestling with the deepest of creator and fan rights issues still haunting the comics industry…


Wednesday, February 27 2013

The Storm: Exclusive with MAD Editor John Ficarra on “50 Worst Cartoons”

"Yeah, we're waiting for a blizzard this weekend," John Ficarra says, bending my ear in that way he usually does as a lead-in to saying something profound, "And it's going to be a big one…"


Friday, February 22 2013

Greater Than, or Equal To?: “New Avengers” vs New Journalism

Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers offers a profound meditation on the ideals underpinning the advent of New Journalism…


Thursday, February 21 2013

The Villain We Deserve, Not the Villain We Need: Batman, Joker, Peter Pan and Hook

It takes courage to write iconic heroes, almost as much courage as it does to write their villains. And an even greater dose of courage is required when iconic villains are reinterpreted in works like Batman #17 and Peter Panzerfaust #9


Thursday, February 14 2013

I Regret Nothing: Examing ‘Dia de los Muertos Uno’

Can comics be literature? The debate reaches a crisis point for Michael D. Stewart with Image/Shadowline's gorgeous Dia de los Muertos, a book that simply breaks all established conventions of format and genre…


Thursday, February 7 2013

The Beats, The Li’l Depressed Boy and Populist Literature

I’m reminded of the Beats’ desire to bring common language to fiction and poetry thanks to a few recently read comics including Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats, Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and especially S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace’s The Li’l Depressed Boy #15


Friday, February 1 2013

Rethinking the Narrative: An Exclusive Conversation with Dr. Walter Greason

The debate over sexism and Eurocentrism in superhero comics simmers constantly, an easy charge for cultural critics and fans alike. Yet, the fact that superhero comicbook struggles with questions of race and gender bias should not be a surprise.


Thursday, January 31 2013

No Reason to End: “Star Wars” and Perpetual Fiction

What's the value of Brian Wood writing an interstitial Star Wars tale (between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back), nearly 40 years on? Perhaps more than we can realize…


Friday, January 18 2013

In the Chained Melody of Spider-Man

What’s lost in the circus atmosphere of the new Superior Spider-Man is what critics should be picking up on: is this a good direction for the Wall-crawler, are the comics in question good, and what does this all mean in the larger picture of comics and popculture?


Thursday, January 17 2013

Clown Behind the Cowl, Wind Beneath My Wings: The Scott Snyder Exclusive

"For a moment I imagine that scary Go-To-Bed Clown that used to appear at your window, each night as you tried to fall sleep. But talking about the sheer masterfulness of the Joker's creation isn't the scary thing in this interview. The scary thing is Scott himself…"


Thursday, January 10 2013

The Chain of Damocles

Django Unchained is quite possibly the finest example of an adapted-from-film comicbook, except of course, it's really not, not entirely…


Wednesday, January 9 2013

Second Star to the Right… The Contextual Usage of “Fan Fiction”

Earlier on in the Batman storyarc "Death of the Family", we were introduced to the idea of the Joker as court jester, but this obfuscates seeing him for what he is: Peter Pan…


Thursday, December 27 2012

Doomsday Island Discs: The PopMatters Comics 2012 Wrap

PopMatters Comics Editor Shathley Q and Associate Editor Michael D. Stewart didn't get to talking about everything…only the things they connected with emotionally, and the ideas that these things brought them into…Here it is, your view of comics, superheroes and transmedia…Enjoy it in good health, this Mayan Doomsday…


Friday, December 14 2012

Dream a Little Dream: Amazing Spider-Man and ‘Dying Wish’

It's not right on the cusp of Amazing Spider-Man #700, writer Dan Slott takes us back to 80s body-swap comedies, or even that those comedies have a pedigree in Gilded Age satire…it's what pushing Spidey into those genre do to the hero's characterization…


Thursday, December 13 2012

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Finally: A Hard Look at “Avengers #1”

After the success of Joss Whedon's summer blockbuster the Avengers, there needs to be a title that captures the essence of the movies while retaining the force and the intricacies of the comicbooks. Jonathan Hickman's Avengers is that series.


Monday, December 10 2012

Humble Beginnings: Ed Brubaker’s “Scene of the Crime”

In some sense, Scene of the Crime birthed the universe of grifters, drug runners, and unlucky bar flies that help make Ed Brubaker's books what they are…


Friday, December 7 2012

Black Friday Boogie: The Exclusive with “Filmation Generation’s” Andy Mangels

It's the kind of conversation that can only play out on Black Friday, sequel to what this year became know as Black Thursday, the day we used to call Thanksgiving…


Thursday, November 29 2012

Yours Is the Cloth, Mine’s the Hand That Sews Time: DC’s ‘Throne of Atlantis’

In "Throne of Atlantis", the crossover that spans both Justice League and Aquaman, writer and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns sees the culmination of a theme decades in the making. Enjoy a sneak preview…


Wednesday, November 21 2012

Then and Noir: Valiant’s Reclaiming of Shadowman, and of the ‘90s

In the '90s, Valiant set the bar for comics very high by blending together modern art and characterization with storytelling modes of classic horror comics from the '70s. But did they set the bar impossibly high? Even for their own relaunch 20 years after?


Thursday, November 15 2012

I Belong with You, You Belong with Me: New York Comic Con 2012

The soul-crushing, heartrending exuberance of a voyage through "everyone's happy place"…


Thursday, November 8 2012

What Dr. Tyson Saw: Krypton, Superman and the “Death” of Pluto

I don't know Neil Dregrasse Tyson, we've never met, but to me, he's just about as mythic as Superman himself…


Thursday, November 1 2012

Halloween After the Rain: The Ghost of the Promise of Comics, Circa 1992

It's four in the morning on Halloween night, and it's a time to begin rebuilding as much the comics industry as the devastation left in the wake of Sandy.


Thursday, October 25 2012

How Visualization Becomes Poetry: On Halloween and “Do Androids Dream…?”

It will be Halloween soon enough, and surprisingly, perhaps a key to Halloween can be found in Tony Parker's critically acclaimed comics adaptation of Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel that formed the basis for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.


Thursday, October 18 2012

‘Thor’ Reconsidered As Both Vital and Dangerous for Marvel Studios

With the end The Mighty Thor, perhaps now's the perfect time to reconsider Kenneth Branagh's critical box office success as a metaphor for the challenges facing the upcoming Thor: God of Thunder.


Wednesday, October 10 2012

Slouching Towards Babylon, Waiting to be Born: “MAD”, Bond, Vegas, Empire

What happens when Vegas is everywhere? MAD's recent blog post about nude Royals provides a vital clue to the nature of the post-Empire moment…


Wednesday, October 3 2012

New York Minutes: Zero Month Exclusive with Christy Marx and Justin Jordan

Over a late NY lunch-hour, and in the space of just one minute, both Christy Marx and Justin Jordan articulate grand-vision views of the New 52, of Zero Month, and the ongoing relevance of popculture.


Wednesday, September 26 2012

Catwoman Is Not Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Catwoman does not exist. By the end of The Dark Knight Rises we see, what could be, the end of Batman. And in a future without Batman, Selina becomes the rebound girl for a man who just dumped his alter ego…


Wednesday, September 19 2012

Mentor and Protégé, Talents Forward: The Exclusive with Snyder and Tynion

Says Snyder, “I think writing comics, you have to have that North Star for each thing you are working on”…


Wednesday, September 12 2012

Game Theory for American Grandeur: The John Reed Exclusive, Act Two

What's your perfect poker table? Mine would never include either John Reed or Thomas Jefferson, pretty much because, between the two of them, they'd hustle the socks off me…


Wednesday, September 5 2012

“I’ll Be Rooting for You”: DC’s Grand Pop Cultural Experiment One Year On

Just as music should never be harmless, pop culture should never diminish those who read it. If DC's proven anything over this last year, it's that the grander experiment of pop culture can succeed even for a genre as marginalized as superheroes.


Wednesday, August 29 2012

Tomorrow’s Just Another Word: John Reed and “Snowball’s Chance” Ten Years On

Ten years gone, and John Reed (playwright of All the World's a Grave and political cartoonist-writer behind Shitty Mickey) meditates on the post 9/11 condition and his 2002 novel Snowball's Chance


Wednesday, August 15 2012

Man on Ledge: An Exclusive with Gregg Hurwitz

With his most recent novel, The Survivor, comics- and screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz underlines his already incredible mastery of transmedia and charts a new course for the American psyche after the last horrific decade…


Wednesday, August 8 2012

Traumageddon: The Slow-Release Apocalypse of Image’s “Harvest”

"I guess somebody, somewhere must be tolling a bell," Meat Loaf reminds us. Lieberman and Lorimer's Harvest is all about sometimes needing to toll those bells ourselves.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

“What Else Is There?”: X-Treme X-Men, Immortality and the Wolverine

There's a strange promissory to Greg Pak's relaunch of X-treme X-Men, perhaps it has something to do with Jason Aaron having rarefied the essence of Wolverine's immortality over the course of some 60 issues…


Thursday, July 26 2012

Fear and Low Things in Aurora: The Dark Knight Also Rises

The story of Aurora, the real story of Aurora isn't the story of psychotic action. Jim Holmes will not inscribe himself into this. I will simply not allow it, and neither will you...


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Where Has the “Amazing” Gone?: Hubris Overturning Noir in Spidey’s Origin

Like it or not, something's missing from Marc Webb's cinematic reimagining of the Amazing Spider-Man, the exact piece that makes Spider-Man, Spider-Man…


Wednesday, July 11 2012

Answers, and Questions: Clarifying Creator Rights with Chris Roberson

In April 2012, New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson re-tabled a debate around creative rights many believed long-settled...


Wednesday, June 27 2012

That’s Progressive, Charlie Brown: On Schulz, LGBT Issues and Integrity

Perhaps Peanuts creator Charles Schulz's greatest advantage in being a social crusader is that he never appeared to be one…


Thursday, June 21 2012

Coming Through Slaughter 1: The Exclusive “Culling” Roundtable

The true art of the New 52, and of "The Culling" lies in a core idea identified by the three writers of the series in this crossover. Here are their views, in a PopMatters exclusive.


Thursday, June 14 2012

Human Revolution: The Exclusive with Pop Culture Business Guru Rob Salkowitz

Rob and I talk about the deep, meaningful connectedness inherent to comics fandom, and then, we talk about something else entirely, about a Human Revolution…


Wednesday, June 13 2012

Apologies, Mr. Zero: Rethinking “Batman Annual’s” Victor Fries

Nothing lasts forever, nor should it… The careful art of writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV make a bone-chilling stand for creativity, by articulating a newer, deadlier Mr. Freeze.


Wednesday, June 6 2012

“Green River Killer” and the Stuff of Nightmares

Serial killer Gary Ridgway's legacy is horrific, and the Green River Killer graphic novel sheds light on this tragedy's most marginalized victims.


Friday, June 1 2012

“If I Open My Heart…”: DC, LGBTQ Month and the Green Lantern

DC Comics announces today that its iconic Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is gay. But in conversation with PopMatters, writer James Robinson suggests that this move isn't about the iconic at all.


Wednesday, May 30 2012

Where Our Rough Roads Lead: Reading Howard Mackie’s “Ravagers”

It's shortly before dawn on Memorial Day and I'm thinking about Lt. Colonel Virgil Ivan Grissom and Apollo One. Could it be because of Howard Mackie's beautiful Ravagers #1?


Thursday, May 24 2012

We Will Avenge Them Or… Be Avenged?: The Individual in the US Experience

The Avengers highlights a persistent anxiety about equality in the U.S. experience.


Wednesday, May 16 2012

The Very End of Empire: PopMatters’ Exclusive with “Shade’s” James Robinson

James Robinson begins, and there's a kind of building-up. In my mind I imagine great machines powered by steam, machines of bespoke engineering from a bygone day, now already just slightly out of reach…


Wednesday, May 9 2012

To Dial 4376: The PopMatters Exclusive Interview with China Miéville

“I completely feel like a kid writing it,” China says with a smile that transcends the phone line we are using to have this conversation. “The biggest reason for me to do this title is this feeling of being a kid coming up with these absurd superheroes; the joy we all have is in inventing superheroes”…


Friday, May 4 2012

“A Terrible Privilege…”: Why It Needs to be “Joss Whedon’s” Avengers

There's a reason Robert Downey Jr. refers so poignantly to his Iron Man armor as a "terrible privilege". But to understand that, you'll need the full backstory on not only the Avengers, but on Free Comic Book Day as well.


Wednesday, May 2 2012

The Ethics of Brand Extension: An Exclusive with MAD’s John Ficarra

It's going to be an interview with John soon. Poor guy, he doesn't yet know it's going to be about the ziggurats. But he'll figure it out soon enough…


Wednesday, April 25 2012

No Invisible Gorillas Read HST in the Making of this Issue: “MAD #515”

MAD #515 is the summer issue, and it's exactly what you'd expect, "The Hunger Pains", Siri parody ads for the iPhone 4S, and "The 50 Worst Things About America"… wait, what now?


Wednesday, April 18 2012

A “System” of Torture?: ‘DMZ’s’ Argument Through Comment, and Comics

Brian Wood's DMZ is a work of extremes, but its parallels to our real-life "civil liberties crackdown" are integral to the story.


Thursday, April 12 2012

The Summer’s for Distant Things: An Open Letter to Archie’s Alex Segura

The last time we spoke, Alex Segura and I, we spoke about his having written Archie Meets KISS, already a critical piece of Archie Comics-lore. After yesterday's release of the hardback collected edition, I've had a few thoughts. About the summer, and about ourselves.


Wednesday, April 4 2012

Noirlands: The Exclusive With the Creators of “Voodoo Child”

Writer, DJ and journalist Selwyn Hinds collaborates with comics industry giant Denys Cowan to produce Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child, a book as much about post-Katrina New Orleans, as it is about a young woman's journey into the past to redeem that past. This book couldn't have come at a better time. This couldn't be a more demanding interview.


Friday, March 23 2012

Talking Suicide with Adam Glass: Act One of a PopMatters Exclusive

Filmmaker and series regular writer of DC's New 52 Suicide Squad, Adam Glass, offers a sincere, focused and above-all revolutionary reinterpretation of the action-thriller genre in a PopMatters Exclusive conversation.


Wednesday, March 21 2012

Aww Yeah, Dickens!: Ending the Never-ending with “Tiny Titans #50”

Art Baltazar and Franco remind us that comics is the art of not-yet-but-soon. But not without reminded us of the great cultural debt we owe to giants like Will Eisner and Charles Dickens.


Wednesday, March 14 2012

Cover Charged: Notes on the Rise of Conditionality at DC

It's not simply a change in logo, for DC. It's that this change in logo captures the unique power of comics as a medium hinged on the promise of conditionality, and this idea of conditionality is littered in these issues of DC's New 52.


Wednesday, March 7 2012

Fearful Symmetry: John Carter and the Struggle of the Individual

Is John Carter a simple action movie or an indication of continuous struggle over values in the United States?


Wednesday, February 29 2012

Another Season Darkens the Soul’s Hue: the Peter Milligan Exclusive

The recent storyarc of Hellblazer, "Another Season in Hell", returns Vertigo alumni Peter Milligan to one of his most enduring formative works in founding Vertigo title, Shade: the Changing Man. Some 20 years after, this is why Milligan's comics is still art.


Wednesday, February 22 2012

“Didn’t Think It Was Really Possible…”: The Manapul & Buccellato Exclusive

The Flash has always been, not so much about moving forward, but about how creative teams execute that vision of moving forward. In a PopMatters exclusive with writer-artists Francis Manapul and Brian Bucellato, we uncover exactly how this New 52 team is effecting this change.


Wednesday, February 15 2012

Buckets of Bloodlessness: How “Uncanny X-Men” Misses Its Grand Guignol

Uncanny X-Men isn't half the missed opportunity it first appears to be. It's art lies exactly in the tension of walking a highwire of commercial interests and unchecked creative impulses.


Wednesday, February 8 2012

“Blue Estate”: A Sardonic Pulp Paradigm?

It's the turning of the final tide, the groundbreaking Blue Estate wraps issue #8, which closes the second volume of the collected editions, and launches issue #9, which opens the final volume. The stakes, and the value, couldn't be higher.


Friday, February 3 2012

Bring Out Your Dumb!: The Ficarra Exclusive Concludes

It's been our longest interview for an exclusive yet, Editor John Ficarra, the mind behind MAD. And it ends in the most unexpected place; compassion.


Friday, January 27 2012

The Future Is a Faded Song: Douglas Rushkoff on the Groundbreaking “ADD”

It's especially hard to shift between being a world-class media theorist writing nonfiction, and a writer of fiction. That's even more so when the fiction appears as comics. Why does Douglas Rushkoff make it look so easy?


Friday, January 20 2012

Endless Reentry: J. Torres, “Li’l Jinx” and “Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus”

J. Torres is a mature, creative voice, a powerful storyteller, and a gifted intellect. Exactly the kind of person you'd want reimagining a classic from your childhood.


Thursday, January 12 2012

You Are Who You Learn to Become: The New Crusaders Exclusive

Can comics be meaningful and personal and accessible to all, without the elaborately stylized rituals of ComicCon? Co-creators of the forthcoming New Crusaders series offer a genuinely new way of thinking about meaningfulness in a PopMatters exclusive.


Wednesday, January 11 2012

Ok, Now Make With the Funny: The PopMatters Exclusive with John Ficarra

There's a deep sense of duty to John Ficarra and his work as Editor of MAD, as well as a practiced, finely-tuned, Olympic-level athlete mindset and an ability to tease out the patently ridiculous in everything. This is why MAD catapults beyond entertainment, and into the orbits of truly great satire.


Wednesday, January 4 2012

The Frightening and the Frightened: The Scott Snyder Exclusive

As the writer at the helm of signature DC titles like Batman and Swamp Thing, Scott Snyder flawlessly bleeds horror into the body of his stories. But where does that inner, darkening fear come from? In an exclusive interview with PopMatters, Snyder opens up.


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