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Wednesday, August 24 2011

West Coast Sound: Is Disney Victim to the “Decision Illusion”?

Is Disney's decision to let go of its subsidiary Marvel's entire West Coast marketing team a sound one? The question is certainly nowhere near as interesting as what this decision signals about the entertainment industry as a whole.


Thursday, August 18 2011

Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern Finally Buried in the Light

With the series coda to Geoff Johns' six-year run on Green Lantern just completed, the once bright Silver Age hero's adventures leave a bitter taste, more because of magical promise of Johns' early work.


Wednesday, August 10 2011

The Nouveau Retro of The First Avenger

At first glance, Captain America seems dated. But viewers are quickly reminded that WWII was as much an ideological conflict as a military one. On the battle of ideas, icons matter.


Monday, August 8 2011

Kirby v. Disney: Wanting to Want More

In the wake of the recent ruling against the Kirby Estate what is at stake may no longer be simple creator rights, but a deep psychology entwining creator, company and fan.


Thursday, July 28 2011

We Can Be Heroes: Talking ‘Supergods’ with Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.


“Fame: Conan O’Brien” & the Fact-based Circus of the Unforgettable

In perhaps the savviest move for a print-vs-digital environment Bluewater has re-inscribed their August release of Fame: Conan O'Brien with the core values of emerging social media. Download a free exclusive preview of the book.


Tuesday, July 26 2011

Daredevil: Tragic Hero or Anti-Hero?

After the debacle that was "Shadowland" incoming Daredevil scribe Mark Waid brings a carefree exuberance and a psychological depth that was rarely glimpsed in the last 30 years of the character's publication.


Tuesday, July 19 2011

The Crater-less Impact of Daredevil’s Shadowland Hits the Big Apple

In 2009 writer Ed Brubaker left Daredevil on a high note, with the character literally ready to take on the world. But incoming writer Andy Diggle failed the test of both New York as an idea and Daredevil as a character. What can Mark Waid's Daredevil, released today, look like in the wake of past misfirings?


Thursday, July 14 2011

Animated Part 2: The PopMatters Exclusive with Full Clip’s Schwarz Brothers

The real story of the Schwarz brothers isn't their improbable and meteoric rise in Hollywood after being marginalized by the Australian film industry, but the generational shift they bring to staid thinking in the media of both comics and film.


Tuesday, July 12 2011

Inherited Soil: The PopMatters Exclusive with Robert Venditti

Robert Venditti arrives at the comics medium as a fully formed artist, vested in the act of making a critical choice of medium. But he enters the popular psyche like Tom Waits or Harry Houdini, an artist in the midst of transitioning into becoming a performer. Perhaps this is what makes his recent Homeland Directive spellbinding.


Monday, July 11 2011

Talking Animals and Harsh Realities: An Interview with Kazu Kibuishi

Despite its target audience -- middle grade, or 10-12-year-olds, Amulet has a lot of crossover appeal. But Kibuishi doesn’t consider adult, or even teen readers, during his process -- beyond himself, that is.


Thursday, June 30 2011

Animated Part 1: The PopMatters Exclusive with Full Clip’s Schwarz Brothers

The real story of the Schwarz brothers isn't their improbable and meteoric rise from being marginalized by the Australian film industry to Hollywood. But the generational shift they bring to traditionalist thinking in the media of both comics and film.


Tuesday, June 28 2011

Afflicting the Comfortable: An Interview with Terry Moore

The comic industry's great humanist talks about the end of Echo, his new series, Rachel Rising, and ponders ideas such as, "What if you mate the China syndrome with a collider?"


Friday, June 17 2011

The Writing on the Wall: How ‘The Unwritten’ Fails to Meet Its Own Hype

When The Unwritten first appeared in print, it promised to be unique and endearing if for nothing other than its peerless high concept. Ironically it's writer Mike Carey's reliance on this high concept that provides savvy readers with insight into the dangers of the high concept in general.


Wednesday, June 15 2011

Band Tees and Inside Jokes: The PopMatters Exclusive with the ‘Li’l Depressed Boy’ Creators

Image Comics’ Li'l Depressed Boy isn't the most conventional series on comic stands. Part comedy, part romance, part drama, it’s also charming, whimsical, snarky, and offbeat. In an exclusive and frank interview with its creators, PopMatters gets to the heart of the cultural influences that go into making this critically acclaimed bestseller.


Sunday, June 12 2011

The Best Books and Graphic Fiction for Summer

PopMatters writers recommend some of their all-time favorite summer reads. Look for music summer picks on Tuesday, film/TV/DVD summer picks on Wednesday, and event and game picks for summer on Thursday.


Here Comes Tomorrow: Time Traveling With Comics This Summer

Some have argued that comics is about nostalgia. This is patently untrue. For a medium that requires readers to synthesize a coherent moment from disparate image- and text-sequences, comics is always about that future moment. Here's a summer-long comics cavalcade.


Friday, June 10 2011

DC Reboot Gives Comics a ‘Logan’s Run’ For Their Money

DC Comics risks everything to re-boot its 52 major titles later this summer. Will this reimagined world bring in younger readers or spell "Last Day" for the comics giant?


Wednesday, June 8 2011

The Class Is Half-Empty When It’s Full: Why ‘X-Men: First Class’ Gets an F

With Bryan Singer back in the creative chair as producer on X-Men: First Class, the movie should easily exceed the heights of X2, right?


Wednesday, June 1 2011

Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We’d Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.


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