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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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Lying Cat, Sophie, and Me

If you’re not reading Saga, you’re robbing yourself of Lying Cat.

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Apocalypse Season: Exclusive Art, and John Ficarra on “MAD #524”

"We're comedy first responders," John Ficarra says, "…but it's going by too fast." And that's really all that needs to be said, comedy as a rescue from a grand danger we cannot yet conceive.

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The “Catalyst Comix” Superhero Style Guide

Granted, none of the individual sections of an issue of Catalyst Comix are full-length, but Joe Casey and his artistic partners make them dense and brisk, so even with a smaller page count, they do a great deal of storytelling.

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Breaking Bad Timing: An Eclipse of Venditti’s Shining Moment?

Will Robert Venditti's singular achievement with the opening chapter of "Lights Out" be eclipsed by what appears to be sublimely prescient timing?

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“Archer & Armstrong’s” Commitment to Fun

I don’t know how to start this column in a way that isn’t self-defeatingly dull. How do you dissect how fun something is, and why it’s fun, without spoiling the fun of that thing, even just a little bit? But that's the thing about Archer & Armstrong, it circles back around you.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Commit to Serials?

Once one has committed to a narrative, it can be hard to let go, even if creative teams have changed, or ideas are running out.

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Everything Turns into the Land of Oz: Amanda Connor on “Silk Spectre”

Talking with Amanda Conner, co-writer and artist on Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre it's easy to become drawn into thinking about the recent evolutions of artists like Miley Cyrus.

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'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

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"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

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