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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.


Thursday, October 14 2010

Vanguard Moon: How Johnny Zito and Tony Trov Reinvented the Future of Comics

In picking up the well-worn Golden Age classic Moon Girl, writing duo Johnny Zito and Tony Trov table the central debate of 21st century creativity -- an open source of intellectual property.


Tuesday, October 5 2010

The Three Creators: PopMatters at the “Chicago Women in Comics” Panel

This past week Columbia College hosted the Chicago Women in Comics but rather than unearth a discourse of marginalization, the event showcased a deep wellspring of talent and widescale commercial success.


Wednesday, September 29 2010

Quality Time with the Powells: The Ordinary Anxiety of ‘No Ordinary Family’

While Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis both shuffle off darker roles in their recent past to become the core of ABC's new No Ordinary Family, the show itself might prove exceptional in its use of simple social structures in a time of a collapsing middle-class.


Wednesday, September 22 2010

The Future of Comic Stores in the Digital Era

Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics and founder of Free Comic Book Day, shares his insights into comicbooks, new media and the prospect of a world without print.


Wednesday, September 15 2010

Bloodletter: Ennis & Ezquerra’s Autopsy of the Female Action Hero Genre

Far from enforcing sexually exploitative stereotypes in the female action hero genre, Bloody Mary and sequel Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty simply explodes them.


Thursday, August 26 2010

Missed Directions Reboot: Assembling ‘Unthinkable’

Reading comics promotes specific psychic resiliences, ones that go beyond well beyond the comics page and carry on into civic discourse.


Wednesday, August 25 2010

Things Will Be Worse Now: John Reed and Breaking the Spell of History

With his most recent book, Tales of Woe, John Reed takes a creative and a commercial risk in producing a 'handmade alien object'.


Tuesday, August 24 2010

MAD’s Maddest Artist Gets Even: Don Martin Strikes a Blow for Creators’ Rights

In 1988, MAD's Don Martin helps set the stage for the move towards comics creators' rights in the '90s.


Pressing Issues: Wizard Press and the Trapeze of ‘90s Fan Culture

Following the apparent reconciliation between Wizard and Frank Miller in 2005, have issues are the publication's quality of journalism finally been settled?


Monday, August 23 2010

Swamp Monsters and Stoners: When Mainstream Comics Tuned In, Turned On and Dropped Out

Writer Steve Gerber's 39-issue run on Man-Thing exemplifies a crucial period in the development of comics: when the mainstream and underground collided.


Trail Blazers in the World of Academia

As we continue to enter this new era in which comics become more integrated into both the larger popular culture and the resulting professional areas that examine it, it is important to remember that until very recently it wasn’t always so.


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