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Answers, and Questions: Clarifying Creator Rights with Chris Roberson

In April 2012, New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson re-tabled a debate around creative rights many believed long-settled...

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10 Jul 2012 // 11:10 PM

The Weird and Wonderful World of Australian Comics

The Good, the bad and Wocko the Beaut. The unlikely history and present day renaissance of Australian comics.

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That’s Progressive, Charlie Brown: On Schulz, LGBT Issues and Integrity

Perhaps Peanuts creator Charles Schulz's greatest advantage in being a social crusader is that he never appeared to be one…

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Coming Through Slaughter 1: The Exclusive “Culling” Roundtable

The true art of the New 52, and of "The Culling" lies in a core idea identified by the three writers of the series in this crossover. Here are their views, in a PopMatters exclusive.

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Human Revolution: The Exclusive with Pop Culture Business Guru Rob Salkowitz

Rob and I talk about the deep, meaningful connectedness inherent to comics fandom, and then, we talk about something else entirely, about a Human Revolution…

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Apologies, Mr. Zero: Rethinking “Batman Annual’s” Victor Fries

Nothing lasts forever, nor should it… The careful art of writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV make a bone-chilling stand for creativity, by articulating a newer, deadlier Mr. Freeze.

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The Sky Is Falling: Images of Mass Destruction in ‘The Avengers’

If you find yourself in a Hollywood film this summer and you’re not wearing a cape, watch out for falling debris.

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Animated Inspiration: TV Artist Jean Kang

Like Suzi, the character she drew for Womanthology, Jean Kang tells stories in “her own small way to take a stand against stereotype.”

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“Green River Killer” and the Stuff of Nightmares

Serial killer Gary Ridgway's legacy is horrific, and the Green River Killer graphic novel sheds light on this tragedy's most marginalized victims.

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“If I Open My Heart…”: DC, LGBTQ Month and the Green Lantern

DC Comics announces today that its iconic Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is gay. But in conversation with PopMatters, writer James Robinson suggests that this move isn't about the iconic at all.

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Where Our Rough Roads Lead: Reading Howard Mackie’s “Ravagers”

It's shortly before dawn on Memorial Day and I'm thinking about Lt. Colonel Virgil Ivan Grissom and Apollo One. Could it be because of Howard Mackie's beautiful Ravagers #1?

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Epic Ideas, Epic Images: Adapting Comics to Film

Superhero comics have become eminently exploitable resources for filmmakers seeking images, characters, and concepts that can be matched to the scale of the theater screen.

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We Will Avenge Them Or… Be Avenged?: The Individual in the US Experience

The Avengers highlights a persistent anxiety about equality in the U.S. experience.

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Road Diary: My Exclusive with “Before Watchmen” Editor Will Dennis and More

The story of my road trip to DC Entertainment, my first look at the new New 52 and an exclusive with Before Watchmen group Editor, Will Dennis.

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The Very End of Empire: PopMatters’ Exclusive with “Shade’s” James Robinson

James Robinson begins, and there's a kind of building-up. In my mind I imagine great machines powered by steam, machines of bespoke engineering from a bygone day, now already just slightly out of reach…

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9 May 2012 // 11:00 PM

Black Panther: The Next Avenger

The politics of Marvel's Black Panther would make this unsung character a smart addition to the next Avengers movie.

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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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