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“Prophet’s” Patience

Prophet was a title created by Rob Liefeld as part of his Extreme Studios imprint. It was short-lived, however, and after more than a decade, Image Comics relaunched Prophet in 2012 with a brand new creative team and direction.

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Walking Through the Space of Childhood: Geneviève Castrée’s ‘Susceptible’

Comics is an ideal medium for showing memory, time and mind, as having "physical dimensions".

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Somebodies Talking: Introducing Samuel Sattin’s “League of Somebodies”

In League of Somebodies author and critic Samuel Sattin introduces the idea of the highbrow superhero deconstructionist novel. In doing so, he starts a quiet revolution in thinking.

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“Six-Gun Gorilla” Wants You to Want Great Stories

What Six-Gun Gorilla is all about is encouraging us to seek out good stories for ourselves, to find and hold onto whatever value and meaning they contain.

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My Afterlife As a Comic Book Character: Reflections from the Cast of ‘Star Trek’

A visit to Seattle's Star Trek convention reveals the conflicted feelings cast members have towards being immortalized in comic form.

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Silver Linings Playback: Exclusive Preview of MAD’s 20 Dumbest for 2013

Falling in love is hard on the knees, Aerosmith reminded us some two decades back. Between President Obama's "backpedaling" on the Syrian red-line and Miley's twerking, 2013 has been a little like that.

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I’ll Have Seconds

Unlike the Thanksgiving leftovers reheated, going for seconds is hard when it comes to comicbook issues.

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Marvel Studios’ Major TV Launch Will Benefit from Staying Close to Its Comics Roots

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.

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Wormhole to the Past: Superman and Lois Lane Turn 75

"Nostalgia is a seductive pleasure these days, but I worry about what it means for the ongoing health of comics…" A Look at Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years and Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years.

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Calling It a Comeback: Ultimate Spider-Man, Later

While the primary focus of this narrative is Miles Morales’ return as Spider-Man, the road there is paved with the tribulations of all the other characters involved.

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Drawing on a Wider Canvas: Artistic Wrestlings with Idea of the X-Men

It's been said that the power in the X-Men is that of social commentary, that the X-Men stand in for any oppressed minority. But could the X-Men really have made it to 50 years on the strength of nothing more than a thinly-veiled analogy?

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The Legacy of Uncanny X-men

After 50 years, the Uncanny X-men reflect a message and a struggle that is still as relevant as ever.

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Geek Girl Con 2013 Synthesized Pop Culture, Science, Technology, and Critical Inquiry

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.

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A New “Birth of the Cool?”: Reimagining Comics for the Digital Age

The shift to digital distribution in the comics industry is having a significant impact. Today, comics is witnessing its very own Birth of the Cool.

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The Lessons of Comicbook Loss

When it comes to character death, it’s necessary to split the discussion into two parts: mainstream superhero books and everything else.

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“Dress It Up Pretty…”: How “Inside MAD” Defeats Marketable Nostalgia, and Why It Must

Inside MAD proves that sometimes novelty and innovation parades as marketable nostalgia.

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“Hawkeye” Comes Together

In Hawkeye #8-13 six smaller stories come together to form the larger one, with each chapter written from the point of a view of a different character. Then the real magic begins.

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Sugar Crash Futures: What I’ll Read, Waiting for the Halloween Hangover

I almost never sleep on the night before Halloween ('cept really for that Devil's Night back in 2002, and y'know, when I was a kid). And that has absolutely nothing to do with comics.

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None of the Magic Has to Fade: Characters and Creators

The magic of comics is the magic of perpetual fiction--the idea that the well-worn and familiar can easily pop up in new and unexpected scenarios like the Silver Surfer appearing in analog on the cover of Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien.

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“Break It Down For Me”: Comics Beyond the Crimeboard

The crimeboard become the signature of high quality comics storytelling nearly a decade ago, but it would take another decade before metaphor would become medium. With Justice League of America #8, we seem to be on the cusp of another evolutionary leap in storytelling.

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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