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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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Monsoon Wedding (The Criterion Collection)

A family drama, as mosaic of modern, globalizing India, as a love story that sneaks up on you, and as a discourse on post-modernity and tradition.

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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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Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

If writers want to ameliorate the public perception of India held by the vast majority of the planet, they should write realistic fiction and not continue to perpetuate either the notion of the Temple of Doom dystopia or the Jewel in the Crown utopia.

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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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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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24 Aug 2009 // 2:00 AM

Black Gay Marriage

Listening to ‘A Spirited Debate on Gay Marriage’ from the Michael Eric Dyson Show

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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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20 Jul 2009 // 4:14 AM

Rain dancing in India's long awaited Monsoon to OthrSdeOf80's R&B tracks.

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12 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

India Shining?: America’s Indian Moment

Perhaps Slumdog Millionaire is an elaborate, cinematic version of Bobby Jindal. Perhaps Western audiences have so deeply appreciated Boyle's film because it subtly reiterates a symbolic order that is as familiar as colonial conquest.

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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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AIDS Sutra ed. by Negar Akhavi

The deepest and darkest secrets in India are those that even people who have lived there don’t talk about. To do so would admit that something was very, very wrong.

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27 Oct 2008 // 6:18 AM

Comic books take on McCain, Obama, Palin

Barack Obama wins the endorsement of a green, scaly superhero with Chicago connections and big biceps. Sarah Palin wields a hockey stick so she can

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4 Sep 2008 // 10:58 PM

Suarasama: Fajar di Atas Awan

Fajar di Atas Awan is an album that cools and balances the brain.

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Pathways to Creation: Exploring Sacred Music in Fes, Morocco

PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.

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27 Jun 2008 // 5:07 AM

Comics are leaping from page to screen

In this weekend’s potential blockbuster “Wanted,” Morgan Freeman hands a gun to the film’s reluctant antihero and orders him to shoot the wings

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Debashish Bhattacharya: Calcutta Chronicles

This is an excellent disc, one that rewards multiple visits.

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'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

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"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

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