Tuesday, October 13 2009
Warren Ellis, once thought of by many as comics’ resident Orson Welles, an angry, embittered artist, is actually the industry’s Kurt Vonnegut, sent here to make us feel as if "everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt".
Tuesday, October 6 2009
J Michael Straczynski's storytelling stands out as one of the most inventive in recent mainstream superhero comics.
Tuesday, September 29 2009
Could Ed Brubaker have written the definitive version of a character renowned for its production of 'definitive' visions?
Tuesday, September 22 2009
I was a kid when I first read Maximum Carnage and it became my favorite comic book series. How well does the story hold up over time? Is it still as good as I remember or was my innocent childhood love misplaced?
Wednesday, September 16 2009
If nothing else, it seems that Abstract Comics makes explicit that the line between comics and high art is beginning to disappear.
Tuesday, September 8 2009
The fears of a Disney planet are fears that these characters we cherish will be tinkered with or even taken away from us.
Tuesday, September 1 2009
Jules Feiffer's groundbreaking Village Voice comics delivered a satirical take on current events and paved the way for many contemporary strips.
Thursday, August 27 2009
Modernist drama around the popularizing of the cultural archive, or postmodernist deliberation on the redemptive value of art in world awash in mass consumerism, the story of Mignola's Hellboy is also the story of comics' struggle for legitimation both as art-form and industry.
While the popular imagination often depicts science and magic as locked in a fundamental opposition, Mike Mignola's Hellboy depicts the true horror that lurks beneath.
Wednesday, August 26 2009
Is avant-garde horror director Guillermo del Toro's vision of Hellboy too compromised to achieve the cultural impact of the original comicbook?
Tuesday, August 25 2009
Horror stories and Mignola's cultural project with Hellboy, at home and abroad. If Hellboy is the all-American, indestructible demon with the Right Hand of Doom, then Dylan Dog is his handsome, eccentric, phobic (and horny) European cousin, with a penchant for the clarinet.
Monday, August 24 2009
The mythology of the Hellboy films is, to use del Toro's own apt description, “…a jazz riff on what the comic book is”.
Sunday, August 23 2009
Hellboy essentially argues that biology indeed need not be destiny, and that to exist as a human means something more than possessing a certain normative appearance.
Tuesday, August 18 2009
In writer Mark Millar's visionary recasting of Superman as a Soviet dictator, questions of personal and social identity become the staging point for a central drama around global justice.
Tuesday, August 11 2009
The true legacy of Mike Wieringo is his radical redefining of the comics industry's obsession with navel-gazing.
Tuesday, August 4 2009
One is an acknowledged master of the modern short story, and the other is an influential figure in the world of alternative Japanese comics.
Tuesday, July 28 2009
The Starman is a generational tale of a young hero assuming his father’s mantle, which takes the reader on an educational journey through DC Comics’ past.
Tuesday, July 21 2009
In this Iconographies feature, I Saw You will be used as a spring-board to understanding how the internet might be examined and made sense of through comics.
Tuesday, July 7 2009
This comic offers a profound meditation on the far-reaching effects the confluence of a literary revolution, engineering miracle and scientific doctrine would have on popular culture.
Wednesday, June 17 2009
This edition of "Iconographies" looks at the rise in popularity of the comics convention, and the pop-cultural changes conventions have brought to comics.