Monday, December 2 2013
While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may stem directly from The Avengers film franchise, like those movies, the show also has comics in its DNA.
Monday, November 11 2013
I can't think of another gathering of academics, practitioners, and fans that places comics alongside not just other pop media, but also science, math, and technology.
Monday, September 30 2013
Once one has committed to a narrative, it can be hard to let go, even if creative teams have changed, or ideas are running out.
Monday, August 19 2013
Turning Superman into the übermensch, standing above humanity, espousing a new moral dictum in which 'might makes right', is a contradiction of the film's own logic, and a gross violation of the principles he has traditionally fought to protect.
Thursday, August 15 2013
Drawing her recipes for Relish, Lucy Knisley almost literally shows cooking to be more art than science.
Monday, July 29 2013
Forget the Brooding ‘Man of Steel’, Here Are Five Ways to Have Fun with a Lighter, Brighter Superman
Man of Steel was more concerned with surly brooding than Superman's more endearing traits. I think we (and Superman) should lighten up.
Sunday, July 14 2013
In Marvel's comics, narrative closure is always deferred, every ending a new beginning. Iron Man 3, with its now world weary characters and aging actors, draws attention to how live action is different from comics.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
The impulse is to "update" Superman, to make him "relevant". But what could be more deadening than making an enduring cultural icon "relevant" to passing trends?
Monday, March 25 2013
'Poaching' and 'copying' goes on in the making, reading, and interpreting of all forms of art and expression. The manner in which comics seem to invite connections to other media is what makes them vital artifacts of pop culture.
Thursday, March 14 2013
In storytelling, the past dictates the future. Plots are laid out like traps that our heroes inevitably fall into. And we, watching Bruce Willis in Looper, or reading of Dream in The Sandman, are thus fated, as well.
Monday, March 4 2013
Forget Bates the valet and his perfect Windsor knots. Agent Gates wields a gun, kicks ass, and otherwise protects Devonton Abbey from unsavory spies.
Sunday, February 24 2013
Comics give writers and artists a unique kind of freedom to make and remake places for their stories.
Tuesday, January 22 2013
If the digital ereader has made anything clear, it's that the physicality of the book is, for most practical purposes, incidental, an accident of time and place. Building Stories, by contrast, is deliberately material in a way that most books are not.
Wednesday, November 28 2012
Be they in analog or digital form, the struggle between art and commerce in comics presses on.
Monday, November 12 2012
James Stokoe's approach to visualizing how Godzilla's "EEYAEEEARRGH" sounds is one of those things that you didn't know you wanted to see until you see it.
Tuesday, October 16 2012
Clint Barton, while extraordinarily skilled in respect to his weapon of choice, is still human in the same sense that the characters he mingles with, or the readers of Hawkeye, are human. He has not had 'great power' thrust on him by accident, nature or social position.
Thursday, September 13 2012
Some of Daniel Clowes’ exaggerated bitterness about his vocation comes from a willingness to see himself as just as ridiculous as the characters he gets paid to doodle. But he also harbors a deep disillusionment with art itself.
Tuesday, September 11 2012
Everyone bemoans the remake, the bastardization of their memories, of something they hold dear. But times are constantly shifting, and our heroes cannot exist in a static universe. Without proper reinterpretation, would our pop icons still be relevant?
Monday, September 3 2012
In my review of last year's convention I made the case for Marvel and DC to be in attendance. After attending this year's convention, I think a case could also be made for the major publishers to stay away.
Monday, August 20 2012
Why have fanboys, this group of devoted readers, turned against the mainstream comics industry?