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Digital Comics and the Return of Disposability

A lot of comics may be seen as cheap, but so what? That also makes them fun.

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A Clean, Unlighted Place: A Prelude to the Dan Goldman Interview

Dan's fearlessness is, in all truth, the light of rationalism, and the courage of spirit that comes from humanistic values. And that is the fireside we both sit at, as we head into the darker winter of the conversation ahead.

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Black Kirby NOW: An Interview with John Jennings

An Afrocentric future is born out of the inspiration and aspiration of a growing African diaspora. Of course, this promising future is a reflection of a troubled past and contested present.

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Whiskey in a Bar: The Big Picture with Jimmy Palmiotti

Superstar creator Jimmy Palmiotti talks about PaperFilms, his most newest KickStarter project, Denver, and his mainstream success, but none of this in an actual bar.

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Sanctioned Spoilers

Isn’t modern life grand? A comicbook fan can dig into the histories of specific characters, creators, titles, etc. via the numerous online archives and blogs that are out there for just that purpose.

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The Past Is No Refuge: Watching Project Black Sky Unfold

For their Project Black Sky superhero line, publisher Dark Horse engineers one of the most formidable social media campaigns ever.

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The Fictional Science of Great Science Fiction

Right now there’s an abundance of great “hard” sci-fi comics, titles that pay close attention to the tiny details of whatever made-up sciences their stories entail.

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Make Me Wanna Die: Revisiting “Death Sentence”, Nearer the End

We said some very polite and clever things about the opening chapter of Death Sentence, identifying Monty's facility at producing a Dostoevskian or Dickensian narrative that confronted existential angst at a societal level. The truth is far more tantalizing.

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“Unity” Makes the Old New Again

The super-people who band together to take Aric down are all characters from other Valiant Comics titles, ostensibly making Unity something of a Justice League or Avengers type book for the publisher, except that the stars of Unity aren’t exactly heroes.

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Learning to Live Again: Privacy, Surveillance, and the Unwritten Apocalypse

A work as erudite and as literary as The Unwritten couldn't possibly be laced with current real-world, media-hyped, crises, could it?

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Scott Snyder’s Original Batman

Before DC relaunched their entire line, Scott Snyder had an 11-issue run on Detective with artists Francesco Francavilla and Jock. Bruce Wayne was believed to be dead at the time, so his first protégé Dick Grayson was under the cowl instead.

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Actus Tertius: Finale: Somebodies, Say Something!

The question on the use of popculture goes far beyond cultural legitimacy or even cultural validity, writer and critic Samuel Sattin reminds us…

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Wrestling with ‘Loose Ends’

Loose Ends is a truly remarkable work, with oversized pages that give the highly stylized art and dialogue ample room to impress, and a story that’s intimate but enormous, with wonderfully rich and bold characters to match.

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Samuel Says: Plumbing the Sociocultural Depths of “League of Somebodies”

It's the question I didn't ask author and critic Samuel Sattin that wakes me at 3am each morning…

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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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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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