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Wednesday, June 8 2011

The Class Is Half-Empty When It’s Full: Why ‘X-Men: First Class’ Gets an F

With Bryan Singer back in the creative chair as producer on X-Men: First Class, the movie should easily exceed the heights of X2, right?


Wednesday, June 1 2011

Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We’d Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.


Wednesday, May 25 2011

The Dream Factory Part 1: PopMatters’ Exclusive with BOOM! CEO Ross Richie

An unexpected, but hardly improbable success story, publisher BOOM! Studios finds themselves in the position to both care for popculture of established legacy, and build new stories and settings. In an exclusive interview, BOOM! CEO Ross Richie talks frankly about how the stakes have never been higher.


Tuesday, May 24 2011

If Ye Be Worthy: Thor and Identity and Idris Elba

What's really behind the Council of Conservative Citizens' call to boycott Kenneth Branagh's Thor? It couldn't be so obvious a matter as Idris Elba's race. Could it?


Thursday, May 12 2011

Transforming the Bard Finale: Daggers at Dawn

This is the final of a three-part series of articles about Kill Shakespeare, each featuring an exclusive interview with the comic's co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Read part one and part two.


Friday, May 6 2011

No Second Acts Part 2: The Public Lives of Giants

Jake the Dreaming not only offers readers an unmitigated boyhood that tilts at the world as much as Cervantes or Louis Stevenson, but also taps the changing cultural moment articulated recently by novelist Ken Follett.


Thursday, May 5 2011

I’m Starting to Root for This Guy: Branagh’s ‘Thor’ As Rachmaninov’s Second

Kenneth Branagh's Thor really is Hamlet. Larger than life, but withdrawn and meditative. It's Joseph Conrad to the kind of immersive action hero trope that has spawned thousands of Chuck Norris jokes.


Friday, April 29 2011

No Second Acts Part 1: Radical’s Reassertion of American Literature

Jake The Dreaming is Radical Studios' first illustrated novel for the iPad and iPhone. It is also the vein of American literature that goes back to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Download your full FCBD preview here


Wednesday, April 20 2011

Transforming Shakespeare 2: The Bard and “Argentinean Knife Fights”

This is the second of a three-part series of articles about Kill Shakespeare, each featuring an exclusive interview with the comic's co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Read part one.


Friday, April 15 2011

Where Your Heart Is 3: The PopMatters Exclusive with Radical’s Barry Levine

With the rise in contestation between print and digital distribution, the very medium of comics seems to be at stake. In a PopMatters exclusive, Radical's Barry Levine opens up about the company's rise, his own career path, and the future of the comics medium.


Thursday, April 14 2011

Whedon and Company: Worlds Await

The formal creation of Buffy Studies -- and therefore Whedon Studies -- was born with the creation of the online journal Slayage 10 years ago. Here the coeditor of Slayage, Rhonda V. Wilcox, offers some reflections on our obsessions with the output of a certain TV creator.


Wednesday, April 13 2011

Six Reasons Why Joss Whedon Is the Perfect Director for ‘The Avengers’

It was announced last year that Joss Whedon would direct the most ambitious superhero movie ever, teaming Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all in one enormous film. Matthew Hurd thinks Whedon was the perfect choice.


Joss Whedon 101: The Avengers

The Avengers will be Joss Whedon's most ambitious project to date, the culmination of a string of Marvel Studios superhero films, including the Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America films.


The Roads to New Cross: The London Small Press Expo

With convention season in the US rapidly becoming a yearlong calendar event, the London Comics Small Press Expo still makes those small, personal connections between reader, newbie creator, and established pro.


Wednesday, April 6 2011

Transforming the Bard 1: The “Justice League” of Shakespeare

This three-part series examines the extraordinary Kill Shakespeare, and each part includes an exclusive interview with the comic's creators. This is part one.


Monday, April 4 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Angel: After the Fall

When Angel -- confronted by a small army of hostile demons, a giant, and a dragon -- said to Spike, Gunn, and Illyria, "Let's go to work" immediately before the screen went to black and the series ended, fans of Angel wanted to know what happened next. In After the Fall Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch answered our question.


Friday, April 1 2011

Where Your Heart Is 2: The PopMatters Exclusive with Radical’s Barry Levine

With the rise in contestation between print and digital distribution, the very medium of comics seems to be at stake. Newcomers Radical Publishing have had the truly sublime idea of viewing other media as a death-knell, movies and gaming might be an opportunity.


Tuesday, March 29 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Sugarshock!

Originally released in 2007 on Dark Horse's MySpace page, Sugarshock! was later released in printed form in 2009. Concerning a hard rock band led by a female lead singer with an almost pathological hatred of Vikings, the band engages in what turns out to be a literal intergalactic battle of the bands.


Sunday, March 27 2011

The Night Billy Buddy Died: Dr. Horrible’s Tragicomic Inversion of Spider-Man

The accidental death of Penny, the girl Billy Buddy aka Dr. Horrible loves, has parallels to the deaths of several comic book deaths, though none so much as the death of Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen.


Thursday, March 24 2011

Cowboy DNA: BOOM! Studios’ Courageous Leap into Social Media

BOOM! Studios harnesses the power of social media. In launching Hellraiser: The Prelude as downloadable, viral PDF, they've achieved what legendary inventor of the graphic novel format, Will Eisner dreamed of so long ago.


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