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Monday, April 6 2015

Time, Space and Plasticity in Long-running Comics Series

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

Judging Comics by Their Covers: Comic Books, Text, Paratext and Context

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

Weapons Drawn! Perspectives on Charlie Hebdo

Questioning cartoons, satire, and the role of the media after the Charlie Hebdo assassinations.


Monday, February 16 2015

Much Ado About Art, Satire and Terrorism

As the debate rages over Charlie Hebdo’s controversial cartoons, Art Spiegelman offers sage advice on cartoons and free speech.


Friday, February 6 2015

‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’ Also Reveals a Great Deal About Our Own Social History

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

How Digital Comics Changed the Way I Think About Print

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.


Monday, November 10 2014

The GeekGirlCon Effect

GeekGirlCon may not be a "comic-con", but it has helped to bring about positive change in comics culture.


Friday, October 17 2014

The Persistence of Mockery: Garfield and Surrealism

Goofing around with Garfield on The Garfield Randomiser and Garfield Minus Garfield evokes the poetic Surrealism that arose from Dadism.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

On Not Showing the Action: Stillness in ‘Trees’

The normalcy of reading movement into comics art is what makes Warren Ellis' and Jason Howard's new series, Trees, a curiosity.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

Comics, Cosmopolitanism, and Canadiana

The growing popularity and diversity of Canadian comics and graphic literature raises questions around how a culture and place presents itself to the world.


Wednesday, August 27 2014

Who Wants to Read Comics on a Computer?

However modest in scope, comiXology's new downloads signals the beginning of the end for strict DRM in digital comics -- and it will change how we view comics.


Tuesday, August 12 2014

In the Shadow of the Shadow of the Bat

It's common knowledge that the 'best' superhero is the one in cape and cowl. And that's true. It's just not the one you think.


Monday, August 4 2014

Origin of the Species: ‘Planet of the Apes’ from Page to Screen

Humankind once laughed at The Planet of the Apes -- until it became a critically acclaimed artistic endeavor and had an Academy Award category created for it. Now who amongst us is laughing?


Monday, July 28 2014

‘Shutter’, ‘Saga’ and ‘The Private Eye’ Showcase the Best of What Comics Can Do

The best creators will find ways to make the best use of whatever medium they are working in.


Monday, July 7 2014

With ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ the MCU Decisively Breaks with Comics

Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.


Monday, June 16 2014

The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 3: Our Universe(s) at War

Suddenly, movies from all walks of the Marvel Universe began to rage against the big screen with three distinct universes vying for control of box office gold.


Monday, June 9 2014

The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 2: The Road Out of Development Hell

The story is far from over for The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, but what of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What of the incredible saga of all of those also-ran comic book films?


Monday, June 2 2014

The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 1: Origins and Eternities

Marvel Comics rules the box office today (three films based on Marvel Comics occupied the top 10 in May 2014 alone), but getting there was a long, hard, slow road.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

The Gritty and the Real: Unpacking the Realism Trope in Superhero Films

The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.


Friday, April 18 2014

What Do We Do When Our Online Comics Collections Explode?

Complications or confusion aside, the hacking of comiXology demonstrates a disconcerting vulnerability in digital comics.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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