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SCOTUS Is On the Verge of a “Defeat for Humanity”, Thank Goodness

Lessons from Europe and history help show the impact of a United States Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage.

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‘New Life and New Civilizations’: The ‘Star Trek’ Saga in Comics

This is a deep and intelligent look at the various incarnations of Star Trek on the gridded page -- and not just from super fans and convention-goers.

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There Are No Strings on Me: Ultron and the Top 10 Comicbook Robots

Ultron may be the most famous, but he's hardly alone in the ranks of comicbook automata. Here's a list of the 10 most interesting and important robot characters in comicbook history.

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Loyalty and Tribalism in ‘The Names’

The nastiest, scariest, most threatening villains in The Names are a group of betrayers within the Names known as the League of Psychopaths, and this is only the beginning.

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5 May 2015 // 12:23 PM

Captain Comics: These 5 Stories Are the Ultimate Ultron

With Avengers: Age of Ultron becoming a sure-fire hit, Marvel Comics is printing lots and lots of comics featuring the Living Robot. But how to find the great ones without being fooled by similar-but-not-so-great ones?

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No ‘White Saviors’ Overtake the Powerful and Illuminating ‘Selma’

Selma reclaims ownership of the Civil Rights movement for the courageous African-Americans that fought on the front lines, rather than the self-proclaimed white saviors that risked nothing but a bid for re-election.

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The 15 Best Chris Claremont X-Men Stories

The X-Men's greatest adventures came from the mind of their greatest writer. We narrow down 53 years' worth of X-Men stories to the 15 best ones.

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‘Countercultures and Popular Music’ Is Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

A fascinating, thorough, and highly intellectual exploration of how popular music shaped the counterculture of the '60s, this is a must read for any fan of music and/or modern anthropology.

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Pride and Mourning: “Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2”

How does a woefully ill-equipped teenage girl cope with the loss of a loved one?

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16 Oct 2014 // 2:02 PM

Captain Comics: Will TV’s ‘Constantine’ Be the Real Deal?

I’m worried about “Constantine.” The one I’m worried about isn’t John Constantine, the comics character who had a 300-issue run in his

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Batgirl Takes a Bow at Long Beach Comic-Con, Along With Lois

Much has been made of Batman marking his 75th anniversary, and the comic-book artists gathered recently at the Long Beach Convention Center had plenty to

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The Victor Belongs to the Spoils: 75 Summers of the Batman

Just a single thought about what Batman has come to mean over the last 75 years.

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‘Laurence Anyways’, an Epic Transgender Romance, Sets the Standard

Laurence Anyways is indomitably rapturous, a film of epic proportions and probably the best and grandest depiction of a transgender relationship ever made.

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Waiting to Be Heard: On Being Deaf and Gay

Scant research has been done on those individuals who are both LGBT and deaf. This is surprising, considering what my sister, an interpreter for the deaf, has told me: "You'd be surprised how many deaf people are gay."

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No Place for Daydreamers: Becky Cloonan’s DIY Comics

Gothic-styled heartbreak figures into Becky Cloonan's self-published trilogy, but that ain't the half of it.

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NYC Pride March 2013: All Hail Edie Windsor (Photos)

Participants and attendees of NYC's Pride March had much to celebrate following the Supreme Court ruling against the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- as did the countless others at Pride events nationwide.

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Murkiness, Creepy Comics in ‘Montague Terrace’

Those paying rent at Montague Terrace tend toward paranoia, hallucinations, and occasional nastiness.

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

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

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When Everything Changed: Memory, Nostalgia and the Tragic Turning Point

Popular culture creates its own nostalgic image of a time period that is both fact and fiction. When combined with the shaky foundations of our own memories, who can really tell what happened? How will pop culture translate the tragic events of today?

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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.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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