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Sunday, March 27 2011

The Night Billy Buddy Died: Dr. Horrible’s Tragicomic Inversion of Spider-Man

The accidental death of Penny, the girl Billy Buddy aka Dr. Horrible loves, has parallels to the deaths of several comic book deaths, though none so much as the death of Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen.


Thursday, March 24 2011

Cowboy DNA: BOOM! Studios’ Courageous Leap into Social Media

BOOM! Studios harnesses the power of social media. In launching Hellraiser: The Prelude as downloadable, viral PDF, they've achieved what legendary inventor of the graphic novel format, Will Eisner dreamed of so long ago.


Wednesday, March 23 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Runaways

Joss Whedon and comic writer Brian K. Vaughan have enjoyed an interesting relationship, shown in part by Vaughan's writing the "No Future for You" arc of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 and Joss continuing Vaughan's great series "Runaways" for Marvel.


Tuesday, March 22 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight

Several years after the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on TV, Joss Whedon with the help of illustrator George Jeanty and a string of writers continued Buffy's story in comic book form.


Monday, March 21 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Astonishing X-Men

After the end of Angel on the WB and following his previous success with Fray, Joss Whedon has worked on a series of acclaimed comics, commencing with his pairing with John Cassaday on Astonishing X-Men.


Wednesday, March 16 2011

Stand on Earth: Reading Manga During Fukushima

The horror-quake that hit Japan this past Friday has no context in recorded history. The human price is unimaginable. But it is a cultural shift in the popular imagination from the 1980s that allows us to understand the simple heroism of perpetually rebuilding.


Monday, March 14 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Fray

Although Buffy and Faith may be the most famous Slayers created in the Buffy verse, the Slayer from the future Fray is just as compelling.


Wednesday, March 9 2011

Where Your Heart Is 1: The PopMatters Exclusive with Radical’s Barry Levine

With the competition between print and digital distribution, the very medium of comics seems to be at stake. Newcomers Radical Publishing have had the truly sublime idea of viewing other media as a death-knell, movies and gaming might be an opportunity. In a PopMatters exclusive, Radical President and Publisher Barry Levine opens up about the company's rise, his own career path, and the future of the comics medium.


Tuesday, March 1 2011

Security Blanket: Previewing Robert Venditti’s ‘Homeland Directive’

Robert Venditti has always managed to use his narrative art as a staging area for wrestling with deeper issues around identity. PopMatters was afforded a rare sneak peek at Robert's forthcoming Homeland Directive, which promises to exceed even the sublime The Surrogates: Flesh & Bone.


Thursday, February 24 2011

These Long Years, and the Miles: Remembering Dwayne McDuffie

With the passing of Dwayne McDuffie this last Tuesday we're left with the loss of a pioneer in film, television and comics, and a man of singular vision.


Thursday, February 10 2011

The Ten Last Days: Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba’s ‘Daytripper’

The conclusion of Daytripper, in its own way, both subverts and expands upon the ending of another notable work of literature to emerge from the post-911 condition, the TV show Lost.


Wednesday, February 2 2011

Solid State Society 3: Archie CEO Jon Goldwater and the New Economy

In the closing segment of PopMatters exclusive interview with Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, the Iconographies considers not simply the cultural complexity of Goldwater's embrace of technology, but the bold moves he is making in redefining both the brand, and the business model.


Wednesday, January 26 2011

Ralph’s Jet-Pack Theory, Muhammad Ali and “Last Son”

A reprint of a classic '70s comic triggers schoolyard memories of an odd kid, and reignites a personal interest in the “big blue boy scout”


Wednesday, January 19 2011

Solid State Society 2: Archie CEO Jon Goldwater and the New Economy

With an ever-growing percentage of the population entering into social media through smartphones, the radical shift of Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater is focusing not on access, but on what you carry with you.


Rebuilding American Manhood: The Green Hornet Circa 2011

More than escapism, the Green Hornet gives an U.S. audience nurtured on frontier imagery an example of individual agency that resonates with the effort to believe and achieve the American dream.


Thursday, January 13 2011

Solid State Society 1: Archie CEO Jon Goldwater and the New Economy

Following on from their landmark announcement to synchronize their print and digital publication schedules at close of business yesterday, Archie Comics led by CEO Jon Goldwater is taking a leadership role not simply in comics, but in business.


Friday, December 10 2010

Clairvoyance: The Polarized Political Life of ‘DMZ: Collective Punishment’

Brian Wood's DMZ reads like a savage critique of the fracturing of political life that has led to the formation of the Tea Party. What makes DMZ all the more compelling, is its prescience in having identified those politics never six years ago.


Thursday, December 2 2010

My Own Private Singularity: “Iron Man: Rapture” and the Horror, the Horror

Tony, Ex Machina!: In Iron Man: Rapture, a very real, very human brush with death sends Tony Stark over the edge. When faced with his own mortality, what does the smartest man in the world do? It’s simple: build a better body. But at what cost?


Wednesday, November 10 2010

“What If Superman Was Hopelessly Insane?”: Mark Waid’s Irredeemable

The man who made me love Superman, now makes me terrified of someone with such god-like powers.


Wednesday, November 3 2010

If You Can Read This, You’re Literate: An Interview with Filmmaker Todd Kent

After five decades of self-censorship stemming primarily from the Frederic Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, can comics reassert its rightful role in promoting literacy during childhood? Wertham had a few valid points, contends filmmaker Todd Kent.


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