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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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Friday, Jan 22, 2010

It’s hard not to root for Joe Sacco when he’s just learning to smoke for the first time in the pages of Safe Area Gorazde. Really hard, even as a non-smoker. In the short, 5-page chapter “Drina”, readers find themselves awash in a cultural milieu around the cigarette brand that’s named for a local river, and that becomes a pop-cultural flashpoint for the entire war.


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Thursday, Jan 21, 2010

[Note: Even though the plot seems pretty far from primary when experiencing this head-trip of a book, the following contains details that could be considered “spoilers.”]


The Box Man starts and ends with a kappa, and we see everything it does. The creature hops on the back of a passing scooter, bringing us along as it observes and becomes part of an incredibly strange adventure.


The kappa is “easily the single most famous yokai in Japan”, according to Yokai Attack: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide. Among its other, nastier traits, the child-sized water-monster has a beak-like mouth and a shell like a turtle, and it likes to cause trouble.


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