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Wednesday, November 21 2012

Then and Noir: Valiant’s Reclaiming of Shadowman, and of the ‘90s

In the '90s, Valiant set the bar for comics very high by blending together modern art and characterization with storytelling modes of classic horror comics from the '70s. But did they set the bar impossibly high? Even for their own relaunch 20 years after?


Thursday, November 15 2012

I Belong with You, You Belong with Me: New York Comic Con 2012

The soul-crushing, heartrending exuberance of a voyage through "everyone's happy place"…


Thursday, November 8 2012

What Dr. Tyson Saw: Krypton, Superman and the “Death” of Pluto

I don't know Neil Dregrasse Tyson, we've never met, but to me, he's just about as mythic as Superman himself…


Thursday, November 1 2012

Halloween After the Rain: The Ghost of the Promise of Comics, Circa 1992

It's four in the morning on Halloween night, and it's a time to begin rebuilding as much the comics industry as the devastation left in the wake of Sandy.


Thursday, October 25 2012

How Visualization Becomes Poetry: On Halloween and “Do Androids Dream…?”

It will be Halloween soon enough, and surprisingly, perhaps a key to Halloween can be found in Tony Parker's critically acclaimed comics adaptation of Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel that formed the basis for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.


Thursday, October 18 2012

‘Thor’ Reconsidered As Both Vital and Dangerous for Marvel Studios

With the end The Mighty Thor, perhaps now's the perfect time to reconsider Kenneth Branagh's critical box office success as a metaphor for the challenges facing the upcoming Thor: God of Thunder.


Sunday, October 14 2012

Diary of a Drones Developer in ‘Think Tank’

Think Tank, the story of a scientist working on covert weapons development, couldn't have come at a better time.


Wednesday, October 10 2012

Slouching Towards Babylon, Waiting to be Born: “MAD”, Bond, Vegas, Empire

What happens when Vegas is everywhere? MAD's recent blog post about nude Royals provides a vital clue to the nature of the post-Empire moment…


Wednesday, October 3 2012

New York Minutes: Zero Month Exclusive with Christy Marx and Justin Jordan

Over a late NY lunch-hour, and in the space of just one minute, both Christy Marx and Justin Jordan articulate grand-vision views of the New 52, of Zero Month, and the ongoing relevance of popculture.


Wednesday, September 26 2012

Catwoman Is Not Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Catwoman does not exist. By the end of The Dark Knight Rises we see, what could be, the end of Batman. And in a future without Batman, Selina becomes the rebound girl for a man who just dumped his alter ego…


Wednesday, September 19 2012

Mentor and Protégé, Talents Forward: The Exclusive with Snyder and Tynion

Says Snyder, “I think writing comics, you have to have that North Star for each thing you are working on”…


Sunday, September 16 2012

Dead of Winter: Snowy Graves in Contemporary Horror Comics

If low temperatures don't bring death in today's horror comics, they're almost always the ideal setting for it.


Wednesday, September 12 2012

Game Theory for American Grandeur: The John Reed Exclusive, Act Two

What's your perfect poker table? Mine would never include either John Reed or Thomas Jefferson, pretty much because, between the two of them, they'd hustle the socks off me…


Wednesday, September 5 2012

“I’ll Be Rooting for You”: DC’s Grand Pop Cultural Experiment One Year On

Just as music should never be harmless, pop culture should never diminish those who read it. If DC's proven anything over this last year, it's that the grander experiment of pop culture can succeed even for a genre as marginalized as superheroes.


Wednesday, August 29 2012

Tomorrow’s Just Another Word: John Reed and “Snowball’s Chance” Ten Years On

Ten years gone, and John Reed (playwright of All the World's a Grave and political cartoonist-writer behind Shitty Mickey) meditates on the post 9/11 condition and his 2002 novel Snowball's Chance


Wednesday, August 15 2012

Man on Ledge: An Exclusive with Gregg Hurwitz

With his most recent novel, The Survivor, comics- and screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz underlines his already incredible mastery of transmedia and charts a new course for the American psyche after the last horrific decade…


Tuesday, August 14 2012

A Dearth of Contrition in ‘Fishtown’

Kevin Colden's Fishtown tells the story of a real-life Philadelphia murder and a jarring scarcity of contrition.


Wednesday, August 8 2012

Traumageddon: The Slow-Release Apocalypse of Image’s “Harvest”

"I guess somebody, somewhere must be tolling a bell," Meat Loaf reminds us. Lieberman and Lorimer's Harvest is all about sometimes needing to toll those bells ourselves.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

“What Else Is There?”: X-Treme X-Men, Immortality and the Wolverine

There's a strange promissory to Greg Pak's relaunch of X-treme X-Men, perhaps it has something to do with Jason Aaron having rarefied the essence of Wolverine's immortality over the course of some 60 issues…


Thursday, July 26 2012

Fear and Low Things in Aurora: The Dark Knight Also Rises

The story of Aurora, the real story of Aurora isn't the story of psychotic action. Jim Holmes will not inscribe himself into this. I will simply not allow it, and neither will you...


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