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Monday, Apr 19, 2010
"You can't create comics for a living in Singapore... yet. But hell, who says you have to?"

An early scene in A Drifting Life describes the strange excitement felt by a young artist upon seeing his first published work. In one small panel of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s epic memoir, his teenage alter-ego, Hiroshi, stands motionless and anxious, looking at the magazine containing his story.


“Hiroshi felt dizzy and shaky, as if blood was being drawn. He stared at the page for a long time.”


Several young artists and writers from Singapore could soon experience that same sensation, with the publication of the two-volume Arena by the Association of Comic Artists (Singapore) and published by Nice One Entertainment.


Subtitled, “Five tales, five teams, one parade,” each volume of Arena features five stories, one volume for fantasy stories, the other for sci-fi.


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Sunday, Apr 18, 2010

Multiple Power Girl Personality Disorder (MPGPD) is a serious and, currently, untreatable condition that happens when the character known as Power Girl has completely different personalities in the comics in which she appears. When Power Girl is taciturn in the pages of JSA or JSA: All Stars and a goofy bit of alright in the pages of her own self-titled (and, frankly, much more entertaining and engaging) comic you know you are witnessing a case of MPGPD.


How do you know this is happening? It’s simple: She looks the same but acts differently. She flies around, punches and takes down the bad guy and then cracks a joke that’s, actually, funny.


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Thursday, Apr 15, 2010
In a new regular Graphic Novelties segment, Andy Smith explores the deep and abiding connection between superheroes and religion.

Oftentimes, comicbooks do not wear religion so boldly on its spandex sleeve. Historically, X-Men has rarely chosen any side on religion, but the book has never been afraid to use compelling themes from Christianity as plot devices.


Between “Messiah Complex” and “The Second Coming,” creative teams behind the X-Books seem to be especially keen on Christian allusions over the past couple years. They made it easy enough with the rumors of Hope—a child of an impossible birth—being the first new mutant since Scarlet Witch left only a couple hundred after causing the Decimation.


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Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010
Don’t do this to me Grant! DC I beseech thee!!! Do not bring back Bruce Wayne--at least not as Batman. And please, for the love of God, please do not bring him back in the manner depicted on the sketches in the back of Booster Gold #29.

Don’t do this to me Grant! DC I beseech thee!!! Do not bring back Bruce Wayne—at least not as Batman.  And please, for the love of God, please do not bring him back in the manner depicted on the sketches in the back of Booster Gold #29.


Gang, this is not a teaser, it’s the cause of what can only be described as a vascular event. First the pain hit my eye and then my temple, finally I realized what I was looking at. However, without a magnifying glass I cannot be 100 percent certain. What follows? My speculations and reflections on the six frames of the apparent covers for the “Return of Bruce Wayne”.


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Monday, Apr 12, 2010
Ten years after the Comics Code Authority put an end to the now-iconic work of EC Comics, James Warren brought horror comics back to life with Creepy.

Ten years after the Comics Code Authority put an end to the now-iconic work of EC Comics, James Warren brought horror comics back to life with Creepy. Among the surprising joys that come from reading the first Creepy collection now, there are appearances from two horror movie icons in pivotal and strangely similar stories.


“Turned off by the insipid, preadolescent blandness that plagued the comics industry of the day, Warren dreamed of making a significant impact of his own, but outside the stifling regulations of the Comics Code, away from the stupefying trappings of the superhero genre,” writes Jon B. Cooke in his introduction to Dark Horse’s first hardcover collection of Creepy.


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