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Tomorrow Is a Thief: The Countdown to “Iron Man 3”

With the soft reboot of Marvel Now!, and incoming director Shane Black, no longer share even the semblance of being connected, thematically at least if not by narrative. So what happens now?

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What the Influence?: On “Batman #19”, Cartoons and Music

While some comic writers and artists find inspiration in the past or the future or other artists or other genres, there are others that choose to jump platforms and find a muse in, say, television. Case in point: Batman #19

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The Big Switch: the National Robotics Week Exclusive with Jonathan Mahood

Cartoonist Jonathan Mahood's Bleeker is a genuine cultural flashpoint, embodying the struggle between print and digital, and dealing with the larger issue of why we are beginning to resemble our machines. No wonder Bleeker is the mascot for National Robotics Week…

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Unassailable 3: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

The ultimate Grant Morrison reaches its conclusion, only to discover that ultimates are like ultimatums, there should be no place for them…

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Reading Comics ‘At the Movies’: On Roger Ebert and Comics Criticism

It was only recently that I figured out how much film critic Roger Ebert has influenced my work as a critic and writer. You see, he and I shared one thing in common: we both love the Alex Proyas film Dark City

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Unassailable 2: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

The ultimate Grant Morrison interview reaches its turn…

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Things I Said I’d Do This Year: The Narrative Consequences of Batman, Spider-Man and Daredevil

What would the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the term "suspension of disbelief" say to Batman, Inc. and the Superior Spider-Man? Surely they stretch the term too far, surely Daredevil is more is speed?…

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Unassailable: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

One the eve of Grant Morrison wrapping up his legendary runs having written both Superman and Batman, we can't spend our time talking about Justine Bieber, surely?…

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Congo Horrors Reported Graphically for ‘Army of God’

A difficult new work of nonfiction graphic journalism chronicles human rights atrocities in Central Africa.

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Polymorphously Inclined: Comics as Influence, Comics Influenced

'Poaching' and 'copying' goes on in the making, reading, and interpreting of all forms of art and expression. The manner in which comics seem to invite connections to other media is what makes them vital artifacts of pop culture.

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Don’t Get Too Attached 2…: Commencing “Constantine”

Jay-Z, Hunter S. Thompson, Muhammad Ali!, and Gwen Stefani, and of course John Constantine…

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I Haven’t Thought of You Lately: Nostalgia, Veronica Mars and Batman

I scanned the pledge levels, but hesitated to commit my money. I have a very uneasy relationship with Kickstarter. Crowd-funding, a seeming necessity of the 21st century economy, strikes me as borderline exploitation…

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Don’t Get Too Attached 1…: Concluding “Hellblazer”

In December last year, DC announced a shocking move--occult powerbroker and con artist mage John Constantine would not only leave the Vertigo imprint, but leave behind the Hellblazer title altogether after more than a quarter-century of publication. This first act looks back at the difficulties with Constantine getting his own start…

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You Can’t Escape Your Future or Your Past

In storytelling, the past dictates the future. Plots are laid out like traps that our heroes inevitably fall into. And we, watching Bruce Willis in Looper, or reading of Dream in The Sandman, are thus fated, as well.

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Fear of Dystopian Futures and Apocalypses as Perspective: All-New X-Men and The Massive

What were the Mayans really getting at with the ending of their 5,126 year long calendar that ended this past December. As All-New X-Men and the Massive show, maybe the fear is more universal than we recognize…

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This Little Bird’s Fallen Out of That Nest Now: On Morrison Exiting ‘Batman’

The death of Damian Wayne, current Robin and actual son of the Batman in Batman, Inc. #8 signals the exit of industry legend Grant Morrison after six years of having written the character…

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What Happens When ‘Downton’s Head Valet, John Bates, Loosens His Vest?

Forget Bates the valet and his perfect Windsor knots. Agent Gates wields a gun, kicks ass, and otherwise protects Devonton Abbey from unsavory spies.

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Something I Made Myself Into: Exclusive with “Shade” Creator James Robinson

The 12-issue mini-series The Shade is possibly writer James Robinson's final return to the world-within-a-world of Opal City and its unique cast of characters. Robinson takes the time to offer frank and unique insights into a book that is the culmination of decades of writing…

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Hushmoney Redux: Star Power, Corporate Responsibility and Stewardship

A chance encounter with NPR's Planet Money sparks a sincere wrestling with the deepest of creator and fan rights issues still haunting the comics industry…

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The Storm: Exclusive with MAD Editor John Ficarra on “50 Worst Cartoons”

"Yeah, we're waiting for a blizzard this weekend," John Ficarra says, bending my ear in that way he usually does as a lead-in to saying something profound, "And it's going to be a big one…"

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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