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Tuesday, September 11 2012

In All Things Pop Culture, Reinterpretation is the Key to Relevancy

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

The Major Comics Publishers Skipped Geek Girl Again, But Is That Such a Bad Thing?

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

Fanboy Fury and Authoring ‘Before Watchmen’

Why have fanboys, this group of devoted readers, turned against the mainstream comics industry?


Monday, July 30 2012

Brian Wood’s New York: The Conclusion of the DMZ Series

Whatever the social and political issues Brian Wood and Ricardo Burchielli, and their occasional collaborators, chose to examine through the DMZ series, those examinations were always grounded in and refracted through New York.


Wednesday, June 6 2012

Animated Inspiration: TV Artist Jean Kang

Like Suzi, the character she drew for Womanthology, Jean Kang tells stories in “her own small way to take a stand against stereotype.”


Monday, May 28 2012

Epic Ideas, Epic Images: Adapting Comics to Film

Superhero comics have become eminently exploitable resources for filmmakers seeking images, characters, and concepts that can be matched to the scale of the theater screen.


Monday, April 23 2012

Comics to Film (and Film to Comics): The Two-Way Street Between Page and Screen

Movies like The Avengers are better thought of as character adaptations than adaptations of specific books. When seen that way, we recognize the characters as transmedia creations.


Tuesday, March 27 2012

Pulp, Bricks and Mortar: Why Local Comics Shops Still Work in the Digital Age

Many comics stores have adapted in the same way that many comics conventions have: by developing new aspects of their business in related, but still distinct, areas of pop culture and fandom including comics-related merchandise, role-playing games, and genre entertainment.


Tuesday, February 14 2012

Digital Comics and the Limits of Sharing

Digital publishing and distribution not only changes the nature of reading for readers/consumers, it also has implications for another important aspect of American comics culture: sharing.


Monday, February 13 2012

Some People Have a City Instead of a Life: The Work of Tim Hall

Tim Hall possesses the uncanny gift to compress startling insight into short phrases with such care and concision that he could likely turn a Twitter feed into a system of philosophy.


Wednesday, January 11 2012

Killing the Page: Comics’ Digital Conundrum

There are thorny creative and artistic questions to be addressed in the development of comics for e-reading; we'll have to get beyond models that see the digital as little more than an adaptation of the analog.


Wednesday, November 30 2011

Hard to Make a Living: Kickstarter and Comics Creators

Comics writers and artists are turning to Kickstarter both to fund specific projects and to buy themselves time to create.


Tuesday, October 18 2011

Comics Needs Women: Why Marvel and DC Should Have Been at Geek Girl Con

There is goodwill to be spent and good faith conversations to be had about the place of women and female characters in the DC and Marvel universes, and an event like Geek Girl Con is an ideal place for that kind of dialogue.


Wednesday, September 14 2011

The Comics Writer and the Fall of the Superpowers

We often think of comic books as the height of escapism, but recent events point to an industry in a death spiral, due in no small part to how badly it mistreats the writers on which it depends.


Monday, September 5 2011

Show and Tell: On Words and Images in Comics

While there are prose books that use pictures for illustrative purposes, only in comics are stories actively told through both written words and drawn pictures.


Tuesday, July 5 2011

How Intricate Can Marvel’s Storyworld Become on Film?

Marvel producers are attempting to create a film analog to the Marvel Universe that knits together the publisher's mainline titles. Will moviegoing audiences keep coming back for the next story, and the next?


Sunday, May 22 2011

Comics Superheroes Leap Across the Great Cultural Divide

Bounding from the pages of comic books onto the screens of films and TV, our superheroes unite formerly divided interests -- comics geeks vs. everyone else.


Tuesday, March 29 2011

BOOM! Studios’ CBGB Anthology: The Magic and Banality of Place

Whether CBGB had a special poetry to it or was nothing more than a decent rock club is less interesting than the debate itself.


Tuesday, March 8 2011

Quantum and Woody’s Mildly Postmodern Gags

Are Quantum and Woody a dynamic duo, or just another wearying odd couple with a duo dynamic?


Monday, February 28 2011

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ as Motion Comic: Paper Doll or New Art Form?

Will motion comics become the digital equivalent of the film strip? Merely an interesting artifact of a particular period of media production? Or are they the crude beginnings of a new art form?


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