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Friday, Jan 29, 2010

It is iPod culture writ large.


As a medium (both in the sense of narrative technique, and physical material on which the story is printed), comics has always been highly mobile. Much more so than television, cinema, or even novels.


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Thursday, Jan 28, 2010

One of the all-time classic noir films, Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past tells the story of a retired hoodlum forced to leave his self-imposed exile in the Nevada desert to do one more job for a mob boss: find the gangster’s missing girlfriend.


Robert Mitchum gives one of his defining performances as the hoodlum, and his character narrates the film. When he finds the girlfriend, played by Jane Greer, he falls for her (of course), and for a time they try to hide out in Mexico.


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Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010
It is impossible to deny the impact that Jim Lee and Chris Claremont had on the X-Men universe. What they accomplished gave the X-Men more attention than ever before in pop culture.

It is impossible to deny the impact that Jim Lee and Chris Claremont had on the X-Men universe. The first story arc of this new series redefined the X-Men, as seen by the public eye. The characters designed by Lee and brought to life by Claremont’s writing were shoved to the forefront of pop culture. All of the X-Men cartoons, action figures, and video games of the time were based on these specific characters. The first action figure I ever got as a child was Cyclops (Toy Biz 1991). However, when the X-Men animated series came out, I was disappointed that my Cyclops figure did not match the one on T.V. I quickly got over it, but never quite loved my Cyclops figure as much as I did before the cartoon came out. Luckily, years later I was able to get the newer Cyclops, (Toy Biz 1993) that looked like the one from the cartoon. And all was right with the world.


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Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010

Scott Allie’s incredibly atmospheric and deeply immersive Devil’s Footprint hit the popular consciousness more or less contemporaneously with the premier season of an equally phenomenal piece of television drama, Six Feet Under.


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Monday, Jan 25, 2010
Writer and artist Rick Veitch takes his place among the foremost comics creators of the 1980s.

Superheroes have not been cool since—well, ever.  Pretty much since their inception, they’ve been a playground for garishly colorful adolescent male-power fantasies.  Not to dismiss that brand of good times, but if the 1980s hadn’t happened, these would probably remain the only kind of superhero comics being produced.


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