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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…


Wednesday, January 9 2013

Second Star to the Right… The Contextual Usage of “Fan Fiction”

Earlier on in the Batman storyarc "Death of the Family", we were introduced to the idea of the Joker as court jester, but this obfuscates seeing him for what he is: Peter Pan…


Monday, January 7 2013

The Best Comic Book Moments in 2012 Movies

The comic book movie boom we've been riding for a little over a decade now has shown no signs of going bust. If anything, the boom is only getting bigger and more comic-bookish.


Thursday, December 27 2012

Doomsday Island Discs: The PopMatters Comics 2012 Wrap

PopMatters Comics Editor Shathley Q and Associate Editor Michael D. Stewart didn't get to talking about everything…only the things they connected with emotionally, and the ideas that these things brought them into…Here it is, your view of comics, superheroes and transmedia…Enjoy it in good health, this Mayan Doomsday…


Friday, December 14 2012

Dream a Little Dream: Amazing Spider-Man and ‘Dying Wish’

It's not right on the cusp of Amazing Spider-Man #700, writer Dan Slott takes us back to 80s body-swap comedies, or even that those comedies have a pedigree in Gilded Age satire…it's what pushing Spidey into those genre do to the hero's characterization…


Thursday, December 13 2012

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Finally: A Hard Look at “Avengers #1”

After the success of Joss Whedon's summer blockbuster the Avengers, there needs to be a title that captures the essence of the movies while retaining the force and the intricacies of the comicbooks. Jonathan Hickman's Avengers is that series.


Monday, December 10 2012

Humble Beginnings: Ed Brubaker’s “Scene of the Crime”

In some sense, Scene of the Crime birthed the universe of grifters, drug runners, and unlucky bar flies that help make Ed Brubaker's books what they are…


Friday, December 7 2012

Black Friday Boogie: The Exclusive with “Filmation Generation’s” Andy Mangels

It's the kind of conversation that can only play out on Black Friday, sequel to what this year became know as Black Thursday, the day we used to call Thanksgiving…


Thursday, November 29 2012

Yours Is the Cloth, Mine’s the Hand That Sews Time: DC’s ‘Throne of Atlantis’

In "Throne of Atlantis", the crossover that spans both Justice League and Aquaman, writer and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns sees the culmination of a theme decades in the making. Enjoy a sneak preview…


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.


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