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Thursday, March 28 2013

Congo Horrors Reported Graphically for ‘Army of God’

A difficult new work of nonfiction graphic journalism chronicles human rights atrocities in Central Africa.


Friday, March 22 2013

Don’t Get Too Attached 2…: Commencing “Constantine”

Jay-Z, Hunter S. Thompson, Muhammad Ali!, and Gwen Stefani, and of course John Constantine…


Thursday, March 21 2013

I Haven’t Thought of You Lately: Nostalgia, Veronica Mars and Batman

I scanned the pledge levels, but hesitated to commit my money. I have a very uneasy relationship with Kickstarter. Crowd-funding, a seeming necessity of the 21st century economy, strikes me as borderline exploitation…


Friday, March 15 2013

Don’t Get Too Attached 1…: Concluding “Hellblazer”

In December last year, DC announced a shocking move--occult powerbroker and con artist mage John Constantine would not only leave the Vertigo imprint, but leave behind the Hellblazer title altogether after more than a quarter-century of publication. This first act looks back at the difficulties with Constantine getting his own start…


Thursday, March 14 2013

Fear of Dystopian Futures and Apocalypses as Perspective: All-New X-Men and The Massive

What were the Mayans really getting at with the ending of their 5,126 year long calendar that ended this past December. As All-New X-Men and the Massive show, maybe the fear is more universal than we recognize…


Friday, March 8 2013

This Little Bird’s Fallen Out of That Nest Now: On Morrison Exiting ‘Batman’

The death of Damian Wayne, current Robin and actual son of the Batman in Batman, Inc. #8 signals the exit of industry legend Grant Morrison after six years of having written the character…


Friday, March 1 2013

Something I Made Myself Into: Exclusive with “Shade” Creator James Robinson

The 12-issue mini-series The Shade is possibly writer James Robinson's final return to the world-within-a-world of Opal City and its unique cast of characters. Robinson takes the time to offer frank and unique insights into a book that is the culmination of decades of writing…


Thursday, February 28 2013

Hushmoney Redux: Star Power, Corporate Responsibility and Stewardship

A chance encounter with NPR's Planet Money sparks a sincere wrestling with the deepest of creator and fan rights issues still haunting the comics industry…


Wednesday, February 27 2013

The Storm: Exclusive with MAD Editor John Ficarra on “50 Worst Cartoons”

"Yeah, we're waiting for a blizzard this weekend," John Ficarra says, bending my ear in that way he usually does as a lead-in to saying something profound, "And it's going to be a big one…"


Friday, February 22 2013

Greater Than, or Equal To?: “New Avengers” vs New Journalism

Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers offers a profound meditation on the ideals underpinning the advent of New Journalism…


Thursday, February 21 2013

The Villain We Deserve, Not the Villain We Need: Batman, Joker, Peter Pan and Hook

It takes courage to write iconic heroes, almost as much courage as it does to write their villains. And an even greater dose of courage is required when iconic villains are reinterpreted in works like Batman #17 and Peter Panzerfaust #9


Thursday, February 14 2013

I Regret Nothing: Examing ‘Dia de los Muertos Uno’

Can comics be literature? The debate reaches a crisis point for Michael D. Stewart with Image/Shadowline's gorgeous Dia de los Muertos, a book that simply breaks all established conventions of format and genre…


Thursday, February 7 2013

The Beats, The Li’l Depressed Boy and Populist Literature

I’m reminded of the Beats’ desire to bring common language to fiction and poetry thanks to a few recently read comics including Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats, Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and especially S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace’s The Li’l Depressed Boy #15


Friday, February 1 2013

Rethinking the Narrative: An Exclusive Conversation with Dr. Walter Greason

The debate over sexism and Eurocentrism in superhero comics simmers constantly, an easy charge for cultural critics and fans alike. Yet, the fact that superhero comicbook struggles with questions of race and gender bias should not be a surprise.


Thursday, January 31 2013

No Reason to End: “Star Wars” and Perpetual Fiction

What's the value of Brian Wood writing an interstitial Star Wars tale (between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back), nearly 40 years on? Perhaps more than we can realize…


Friday, January 25 2013

The Long Game: Exclusive Interview with “Fables” Creator Bill Willingham

Legendary Fables creator Bill Willingham rarely grants interviews, but in this exclusive he wrestles with the Long Game of comics after Watchmen and with his own creation…


Thursday, January 24 2013

Horror, Pro Wrestling and Batman, Revisited

The Joker, as written by Snyder, is much more of a horror character. His methods and mayhem far more influenced by recent horror movies than his previous pulp villain roots. It’s a trend. A trend that as Batman #16 illustrates, shows a “torture porn” influence that we’ve seen in the Saw movies and other imitators.


Friday, January 18 2013

In the Chained Melody of Spider-Man

What’s lost in the circus atmosphere of the new Superior Spider-Man is what critics should be picking up on: is this a good direction for the Wall-crawler, are the comics in question good, and what does this all mean in the larger picture of comics and popculture?


Thursday, January 17 2013

Clown Behind the Cowl, Wind Beneath My Wings: The Scott Snyder Exclusive

"For a moment I imagine that scary Go-To-Bed Clown that used to appear at your window, each night as you tried to fall sleep. But talking about the sheer masterfulness of the Joker's creation isn't the scary thing in this interview. The scary thing is Scott himself…"


Thursday, January 10 2013

The Chain of Damocles

Django Unchained is quite possibly the finest example of an adapted-from-film comicbook, except of course, it's really not, not entirely…


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