Friday, January 6 2017
History doesn’t always tell us how to get it right. It sometimes warns us of the cost of getting it wrong. Art steeped in that history can remind us, if we’re paying attention.
Wednesday, September 21 2016
Flops, superheroes, monsters and noir in The Next Reel.
Wednesday, July 27 2016
A growing array of writers are challenging previously dominant tropes of misogyny, sexuality, and whiteness; 40 of them can be found here.
Thursday, June 9 2016
From deafness to gender identity, teen manga offer rewarding and complex treatments of fraught issues.
Thursday, May 12 2016
Dark and bleak, absorbing and fascinating, Dark Horse's reprint of this massive samurai manga classic deserves your time.
Friday, May 6 2016
Disaster Drawn reveals that comics may be the most useful form for witnessing war and trauma.
Tuesday, March 29 2016
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting trashed. How can DC and Warner Bros. recover from this debacle? PopMatters' comics and movie scholar can help.
Wednesday, January 20 2016
Past and present converge in Mizuki’s conceptually rich manga.
Wednesday, October 28 2015
The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?
Friday, October 2 2015
The extent of US involvement in undermining Middle Eastern democracy is gradually coming to light, and being told through a variety of genres.
Tuesday, August 18 2015
The periodical anthology, or comics magazine, allows for a variety of experiments with form that may not otherwise fit into conventional publishing models in the US.
Thursday, July 16 2015
There are a lot of unwritten assumptions about Iceman's sexuality in All New X-Men #40.
Wednesday, June 17 2015
Why is it that cartoons, more than any other expressive form, have incited the wrath of religious backlash?
Wednesday, May 20 2015
All too often, when you have a token female in a story, that character's primary super power is simply that she's a girl.
Monday, April 6 2015
Some creators and publishers choose to make time and space infinitely malleable. Others take readers to new times and places while leaving characters in a single timeline.
Friday, March 6 2015
Comics covers may not always reflect what's inside, but it's difficult to see covers as distinct from the books they adorn.
Thursday, February 26 2015
Questioning cartoons, satire, and the role of the media after the Charlie Hebdo assassinations.
Monday, February 16 2015
As the debate rages over Charlie Hebdo’s controversial cartoons, Art Spiegelman offers sage advice on cartoons and free speech.
Friday, February 6 2015
Jill Lepore's hit new book on Wonder Woman sheds light not only on the astonishing origins of this iconic character, but also on the fascinating social and political strands of history which gave rise to her.
Thursday, December 18 2014
There is no cloud storage for print, making the decision to recycle a bunch of my print comics qualitatively different from my decision to delete a book or title from my tablet.