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Monday, June 1 2009

Is the ‘New York Times’ Tracking Porn Sales Now?

That “comics” persists in connoting “pulp” and “graphic novels” implies something “literary” is purely a matter of convention, and is not because those are the inherent meanings or implications of the terms.


Wednesday, May 13 2009

Meaningless Landscapes: G. Willow Wilson’s and M.K. Perker’s ‘air’

Airports and airplanes are extreme manifestations of a placeless McWorld, and Jihad is a backward-looking form of resistance to that placelessness, but we need not be limited by those choices.


Thursday, April 30 2009

Like Movies—with Buttons

Like Edwin S. Porter realizing that a series of shots was how you structured a film, games have to abandon the presumption that they need to obey a linear narrative or controlled message and just let the player loose.


Wednesday, March 25 2009

English-Only? Not Quite: Linguistic Difference in Jessica Abel’s La Perdida

The interaction between cartoonist, language, and reader is unusually subtle and complex in Jessica Abel's La Perdida


Tuesday, February 24 2009

Getting Through Hard Times: Re-visiting Andi Watson’s Breakfast After Noon

In our sobering economy, Breakfast After Noon is more relevant than ever, as it addresses the psychic and emotional toll of unemployment.


Wednesday, January 28 2009

Metabots and Deconstructicons: Transformers Goes Postmodern

I am happy to report that after 25 years, the 'Transformers' franchise has finally gone postmodern… no thanks to 'Transformers Energon'.


Wednesday, January 14 2009

Convergence Culture: the Many Faces of Hellboy

Different media means different Hellboys. Mike Mignola's versus Guillermo del Toro's.


Monday, December 15 2008

Capturing the Abstract in the Concrete

What do the worlds contained within comics, within and between panels, tell us about the worlds in which we live out our lives?


Thursday, November 20 2008

From a Fluid Culture to a Culture of Steam: Alan Moore

For all the self-serious Deep Thoughts and the sometimes unsettling material in DeZ Vylenz The Mindscape of Alan Moore, Moore can be a startlingly funny host.


Sunday, February 24 2008

Missing Places I’ve Never Been: A Love Letter to Alex Ross

The appeal, the madness of Ross' painting is that it makes a scene involving a fight between spandex-clad do-gooders seem almost as important as Rockwell's depiction of the first step to end racial segregation.


Tuesday, June 5 2007

Who Will Watch the Watchmen?

To reduce Watchmen to just another superhero movie is to miss the point entirely, and one can't help but anticipate that the result will have all the cultural relevance of a supermarket paperback novelization of Citizen Kane.


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