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Wednesday, May 26 2010

Tabling the Debate: Comics, The Cultural Mainstream, and the O>Matics

Cross-media project "The O>Matics in Comics", tables a wide list of talking points around comics, the web and the sustainability of the garageband music industry.


Tuesday, May 18 2010

Room For Danger: The Case For Marvel’s Ultimate X-Men

Ultimate X-Men was perhaps not the radical departure from Stan Lee's original vision it has always been taken as. The common ground lies in Ultimate writer Mark Millar's evolution of the theme of danger.


Tuesday, May 11 2010

Lone Wolf and Cub Part 6: Cloud Dragon, Wind Tiger

Koike and Kojima explore the nature of true loyalty in this story of a disgraced ronin.


Tuesday, May 4 2010

Nice Job Kid: Fathers and Sons, Technology and Tomorrow in ‘Iron Man 2’

Threatened to be consumed by a world not ready for technological evolution, Tony Stark wrestles with the ghost of his father, and escapes self-destructive narcissism.


Wednesday, April 21 2010

Lone Wolf and Cub Part 5: Half Mat, One Mat, A Fistful of Rice

The warriors Ogami meets on his quest for revenge offer different interpretations of the path of honor, and even challenge legitimacy of his quest for revenge.


Tuesday, April 13 2010

Sedition of the Ignorant, No More: A Profile of Comics Evangelist Ruben Miranda

For the past 30 years, Miranda has been an avid reader and collector of comicbooks. Now working at Manhattan's Forbidden Planet, Miranda uses his encyclopedic knowledge to connect people with the books that they will love.


Tuesday, April 6 2010

Bleed American: Cap and the Watchdogs of the Internet

By now the story is well-known, the outcry against Captain America and Marvel from conservative bloggers. But why have cooler heads not prevailed?


Tuesday, March 30 2010

Lone Wolf and Cub Part 4: Ogami Itto and the Rejection of Bushido

Ogami's actions become an indictment of the corruption and degradation of the samurai code and his forsaking of that path ultimately and symbolically redeems it.


Tuesday, March 23 2010

Beneath the Great Wave: Azzarello and Morales Return to the Roots of Comics

Azzarello and Morales tap the roots of modern popular culture to offer a highly stylized view of the birth of comic books.


Thursday, March 11 2010

Oscar Afterglow, “American Century” and a War of Popular Cultures

Oscars hopefuls Up in the Air and An Education offer different but complementary views on popular culture. "American Century" throws this neat paradigm into question.


Wednesday, March 10 2010

Opera, Death, and Overcaffination: An Interview with Shannon Wheeler

The Too Much Coffee Man comic creator Shannon Wheeler discusses the plans for a TMCM opera, tells you how to get a job at the New Yorker, and reveals a "little Nixon list" of revenge.


Tuesday, March 2 2010

Sorry I’m Late: The Real Return of Barry Allen

Racked by delays, pushed aside by creative commitments, and years after the phenomenal Green Lantern: Reborn, Flash Reborn couldn't really matter. Could it?


Tuesday, February 23 2010

Lone Wolf and Cub Part 3: Artwork and Swordplay

The third installment of Shawn O'Rourke's series on Lone Wolf and Cub. This feature examines the way Goseki Kojima brilliantly uses different artistic devices to draw the reader into the story.


Tuesday, February 16 2010

Another Chance: Fox’s Reboot of DC Comics’ “Human Target”

Primetime TV may prove to be a necessary rescue of a classic DC character.


Wednesday, February 10 2010

A Modern Promethea: Mike Carey and Peter Gross Pen the Unwritten

Story these days is a battlefield, and Mike Carey and Peter Gross are the new generals.


Wednesday, February 3 2010

Life During Wartime: The Cultural Catharsis of Brian Wood’s DMZ

DMZ creator Brian Wood offers a cultural catharsis for our times, one that is enduringly artistic, despite being overtly political.


Thursday, January 28 2010

Die With Your Mask On: The Grim Superheroics of Rick Veitch

Rick Veitch wonders where the next step in superhuman evolution will take us.


Wednesday, January 20 2010

Lone Wolf and Cub Part 2: Revenge in the Epic Narrative Tradition

For something to be an "epic", it must be replete with cultural significance and deal with important themes on a grand scale, just like Lone Wolf and Cub.


Wednesday, January 13 2010

Iconic Spider Jerusalem and The New Journalism

There’s someone every journalism student should know. The iconic, irascible and deeply compassionate Spider Jerusalem has proven to be darkly prescient of the decade that lay immediately ahead.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

What’s Past Is Prologue: The Best Comics of the Past Decade?

Could Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca have produced six perfect comics pages in the recent "Counting Up from Zero" issue of The Invincible Iron Man?


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