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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...


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Comic Con Explores the Digital Future of Comics

Were the people downloading comics loyal fans who had forsaken their local stores for the allure of cheaper titles and ease of access? Or were they new readers who would never have stepped into a comic book store, but decided to download something directly to their smartphone or tablet?


Where Has the “Amazing” Gone?: Hubris Overturning Noir in Spidey’s Origin

Like it or not, something's missing from Marc Webb's cinematic reimagining of the Amazing Spider-Man, the exact piece that makes Spider-Man, Spider-Man…


Wednesday, July 11 2012

Answers, and Questions: Clarifying Creator Rights with Chris Roberson

In April 2012, New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson re-tabled a debate around creative rights many believed long-settled...


Tuesday, July 10 2012

The Weird and Wonderful World of Australian Comics

The Good, the bad and Wocko the Beaut. The unlikely history and present day renaissance of Australian comics.


Wednesday, June 27 2012

That’s Progressive, Charlie Brown: On Schulz, LGBT Issues and Integrity

Perhaps Peanuts creator Charles Schulz's greatest advantage in being a social crusader is that he never appeared to be one…


Thursday, June 21 2012

Coming Through Slaughter 1: The Exclusive “Culling” Roundtable

The true art of the New 52, and of "The Culling" lies in a core idea identified by the three writers of the series in this crossover. Here are their views, in a PopMatters exclusive.


Thursday, June 14 2012

Human Revolution: The Exclusive with Pop Culture Business Guru Rob Salkowitz

Rob and I talk about the deep, meaningful connectedness inherent to comics fandom, and then, we talk about something else entirely, about a Human Revolution…


Wednesday, June 13 2012

Apologies, Mr. Zero: Rethinking “Batman Annual’s” Victor Fries

Nothing lasts forever, nor should it… The careful art of writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV make a bone-chilling stand for creativity, by articulating a newer, deadlier Mr. Freeze.


Sunday, June 10 2012

The Sky Is Falling: Images of Mass Destruction in ‘The Avengers’

If you find yourself in a Hollywood film this summer and you’re not wearing a cape, watch out for falling debris.


Wednesday, June 6 2012

“Green River Killer” and the Stuff of Nightmares

Serial killer Gary Ridgway's legacy is horrific, and the Green River Killer graphic novel sheds light on this tragedy's most marginalized victims.


Friday, June 1 2012

“If I Open My Heart…”: DC, LGBTQ Month and the Green Lantern

DC Comics announces today that its iconic Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is gay. But in conversation with PopMatters, writer James Robinson suggests that this move isn't about the iconic at all.


Wednesday, May 30 2012

Where Our Rough Roads Lead: Reading Howard Mackie’s “Ravagers”

It's shortly before dawn on Memorial Day and I'm thinking about Lt. Colonel Virgil Ivan Grissom and Apollo One. Could it be because of Howard Mackie's beautiful Ravagers #1?


Thursday, May 24 2012

We Will Avenge Them Or… Be Avenged?: The Individual in the US Experience

The Avengers highlights a persistent anxiety about equality in the U.S. experience.


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