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To Dial 4376: The PopMatters Exclusive Interview with China Miéville

“I completely feel like a kid writing it,” China says with a smile that transcends the phone line we are using to have this conversation. “The biggest reason for me to do this title is this feeling of being a kid coming up with these absurd superheroes; the joy we all have is in inventing superheroes”…

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“A Terrible Privilege…”: Why It Needs to be “Joss Whedon’s” Avengers

There's a reason Robert Downey Jr. refers so poignantly to his Iron Man armor as a "terrible privilege". But to understand that, you'll need the full backstory on not only the Avengers, but on Free Comic Book Day as well.

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The Ethics of Brand Extension: An Exclusive with MAD’s John Ficarra

It's going to be an interview with John soon. Poor guy, he doesn't yet know it's going to be about the ziggurats. But he'll figure it out soon enough…

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No Invisible Gorillas Read HST in the Making of this Issue: “MAD #515”

MAD #515 is the summer issue, and it's exactly what you'd expect, "The Hunger Pains", Siri parody ads for the iPhone 4S, and "The 50 Worst Things About America"… wait, what now?

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Comics to Film (and Film to Comics): The Two-Way Street Between Page and Screen

Movies like The Avengers are better thought of as character adaptations than adaptations of specific books. When seen that way, we recognize the characters as transmedia creations.

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A “System” of Torture?: ‘DMZ’s’ Argument Through Comment, and Comics

Brian Wood's DMZ is a work of extremes, but its parallels to our real-life "civil liberties crackdown" are integral to the story.

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The Summer’s for Distant Things: An Open Letter to Archie’s Alex Segura

The last time we spoke, Alex Segura and I, we spoke about his having written Archie Meets KISS, already a critical piece of Archie Comics-lore. After yesterday's release of the hardback collected edition, I've had a few thoughts. About the summer, and about ourselves.

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Noirlands: The Exclusive With the Creators of “Voodoo Child”

Writer, DJ and journalist Selwyn Hinds collaborates with comics industry giant Denys Cowan to produce Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child, a book as much about post-Katrina New Orleans, as it is about a young woman's journey into the past to redeem that past. This book couldn't have come at a better time. This couldn't be a more demanding interview.

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Pulp, Bricks and Mortar: Why Local Comics Shops Still Work in the Digital Age

Many comics stores have adapted in the same way that many comics conventions have: by developing new aspects of their business in related, but still distinct, areas of pop culture and fandom including comics-related merchandise, role-playing games, and genre entertainment.

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Talking Suicide with Adam Glass: Act One of a PopMatters Exclusive

Filmmaker and series regular writer of DC's New 52 Suicide Squad, Adam Glass, offers a sincere, focused and above-all revolutionary reinterpretation of the action-thriller genre in a PopMatters Exclusive conversation.

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Aww Yeah, Dickens!: Ending the Never-ending with “Tiny Titans #50”

Art Baltazar and Franco remind us that comics is the art of not-yet-but-soon. But not without reminded us of the great cultural debt we owe to giants like Will Eisner and Charles Dickens.

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Civil Unrest, Panel by Panel

Writer Mark Long reconstructs childhood memories to depict Houston's monumental and harrowing events in a black & white graphic novel called The Silence of Our Friends.

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Cover Charged: Notes on the Rise of Conditionality at DC

It's not simply a change in logo, for DC. It's that this change in logo captures the unique power of comics as a medium hinged on the promise of conditionality, and this idea of conditionality is littered in these issues of DC's New 52.

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Fearful Symmetry: John Carter and the Struggle of the Individual

Is John Carter a simple action movie or an indication of continuous struggle over values in the United States?

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Another Season Darkens the Soul’s Hue: the Peter Milligan Exclusive

The recent storyarc of Hellblazer, "Another Season in Hell", returns Vertigo alumni Peter Milligan to one of his most enduring formative works in founding Vertigo title, Shade: the Changing Man. Some 20 years after, this is why Milligan's comics is still art.

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“Didn’t Think It Was Really Possible…”: The Manapul & Buccellato Exclusive

The Flash has always been, not so much about moving forward, but about how creative teams execute that vision of moving forward. In a PopMatters exclusive with writer-artists Francis Manapul and Brian Bucellato, we uncover exactly how this New 52 team is effecting this change.

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Buckets of Bloodlessness: How “Uncanny X-Men” Misses Its Grand Guignol

Uncanny X-Men isn't half the missed opportunity it first appears to be. It's art lies exactly in the tension of walking a highwire of commercial interests and unchecked creative impulses.

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Digital Comics and the Limits of Sharing

Digital publishing and distribution not only changes the nature of reading for readers/consumers, it also has implications for another important aspect of American comics culture: sharing.

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Some People Have a City Instead of a Life: The Work of Tim Hall

Tim Hall possesses the uncanny gift to compress startling insight into short phrases with such care and concision that he could likely turn a Twitter feed into a system of philosophy.

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“Blue Estate”: A Sardonic Pulp Paradigm?

It's the turning of the final tide, the groundbreaking Blue Estate wraps issue #8, which closes the second volume of the collected editions, and launches issue #9, which opens the final volume. The stakes, and the value, couldn't be higher.

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