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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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Why Is It Like That Here? Comics As a Medium for Exploring Our Varying Senses of Place

Comics give writers and artists a unique kind of freedom to make and remake places for their stories.

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Greater Than, or Equal To?: “New Avengers” vs New Journalism

Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers offers a profound meditation on the ideals underpinning the advent of New Journalism…

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The Villain We Deserve, Not the Villain We Need: Batman, Joker, Peter Pan and Hook

It takes courage to write iconic heroes, almost as much courage as it does to write their villains. And an even greater dose of courage is required when iconic villains are reinterpreted in works like Batman #17 and Peter Panzerfaust #9

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I Regret Nothing: Examing ‘Dia de los Muertos Uno’

Can comics be literature? The debate reaches a crisis point for Michael D. Stewart with Image/Shadowline's gorgeous Dia de los Muertos, a book that simply breaks all established conventions of format and genre…

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The Beats, The Li’l Depressed Boy and Populist Literature

I’m reminded of the Beats’ desire to bring common language to fiction and poetry thanks to a few recently read comics including Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats, Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and especially S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace’s The Li’l Depressed Boy #15

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Rethinking the Narrative: An Exclusive Conversation with Dr. Walter Greason

The debate over sexism and Eurocentrism in superhero comics simmers constantly, an easy charge for cultural critics and fans alike. Yet, the fact that superhero comicbook struggles with questions of race and gender bias should not be a surprise.

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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…

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More Recent Features
//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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