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Supervillains and Philosophy by Ben Dyer, ed.

"Does a supervillain see himself as a supervillain? Does he see his own actions as evil?"

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Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Volume One

Are you worn out by unnecessary foreplay? Michael Kupperman has the answer.

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Forget McCloud (or Maybe Not, Baudrillard)

Scott McCloud's text does not make any concessions to doubters. It gives people permission to start from the presumption that comics are 'real' art, as well as 'real' literature.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Supergirl’s Shorts

Supergirl's summer costume change -- which included concealing shorts under her skirt as she flew about, kicking butt -- reveals a lot about our changing superheroes.

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The Humbling by Philip Roth

Simon Axler, a stage and screen actor of near legendary stature, has earned the “reputation as the last of the best of the classical American stage actors.” The novel begins: “He’d lost his magic.”

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Nicholson Baker’s Enthusiasms and Passionate Obsessions

Nicholson Baker writes from his enthusiasms, which are many and ever changing. Among other things, his books have focused on sex, John Updike, public libraries, and pacifism and World War II. His latest, The Anthologist, is his love letter to poetry.

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Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow

In this book, E. L. Doctorow is like a great magician trying to make a monumental illusion out of a street corner shell game, just to prove that he can.

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Are Comics Like Reading with Training Wheels?

Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.

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29 Sep 2009 // 2:30 AM

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152

Tough medicine -- and great satire -- goes down easier in a funny-animal pill, when animals serve as icons for human concerns.

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17 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Comic Re-Imagining

Not all comic book adaptations are created equal, especially not when comparing our own imaginings with what actually happens when books are moved from print to screen.

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Abstract Comics

If nothing else, it seems that Abstract Comics makes explicit that the line between comics and high art is beginning to disappear.

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A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

Moore’s reputation is for mastery of the short story. This book, almost 10 years in the making, should establish her as a master of the novel, as well.

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Disney’s purchase of Marvel Enterprises puts the house of Mickey Mouse in the superhero biz

Make way for the amazing Spider-Mouse. In an entertainment-industry stunner, the Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that it was buying comic-book giant Marvel Enterprises for $4

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The Best of Simon and Kirby by Jack Kirby

For Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, as with most creators during the boom years of the early '40s, comics were as much about earning a paycheck as they were about creative expression.

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Moomin Book Four by Tove Jansson

All in all, if you have a high tolerance for whimsy you could do worse than to spend a few hours in Moominvalley.

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6 Jul 2009 // 6:00 AM

Redemption of a Jerk

A crook-eyed and foppish jerks of jerks, Asterios Polyp is the guy at the university parties whom everybody hates but still self-consciously sidles near to

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31 Mar 2009 // 12:00 PM

Over the past few years, it has been my sad duty to help “roast” dozens of friends and colleagues who have retired - or, because

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17 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Novel: 808s & Mixtapes

A mixtape that's quick and to the point? Yes, and it's dope, too.

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Colin Munroe: Is The Unsung Hero

Too much genre-bouncing leaves this mixtape unbalanced, even if it shows shades of true talent.

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And so, on to looking at what's worth reading, graphic novel-speaking, before fall comes calling.

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Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 3 - "Eight Slim Grins"

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"Secret codes, shadowy organizations: is Blindspot piecing together the riddle wrapped in the mystery of the enigma that is Jane Doe?

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