Tuesday, June 9 2009
"The Iconographies" is a series of weekly features focusing on iconic moments, creators, characters or publications in the ongoing 'biography' of graphic literature. This edition looks at the 2007 death of Marvel superhero, Captain America.
Thursday, April 16 2009
More than a decade after its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to reign as a cultural icon in Japan. Understanding how it made such a lasting impact gives us a window onto Japanese social history and fandom.
Tuesday, March 3 2009
Who will watch the Watchmen? Not their creator, Alan Moore. And while he seems to be alone in his condemnation with the latest adaptation of his work, Moore's steadfast position deserves some real attention.
Tuesday, January 27 2009
There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?
Monday, January 5 2009
Given the respective careers of Will Eisner and Frank Miller, the root of their friendship becomes apparent. For both, the comics medium takes precedence above all else.
Sunday, January 4 2009
A biography of Will Eisner, perhaps the greatest cartoonist in the history of American comics. Eisner used The Spirit as his vessel for unexplored creativity with story elements not commonly found in comics.
Monday, September 22 2008
Without a couple of recognizably fallible and ordinary men like Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon at its center, The Dark Knight would ultimately be nothing more than an exceptionally well-tooled and smartly-acted thriller.
Thursday, September 4 2008
Hollywood has finally discovered what comic book fans have known all along: superheroes serve as brightly-colored, two-dimensional extensions of ourselves.
Tuesday, September 2 2008
Bucking the trend of an outsider given an opportunity to overcome ordinariness, millionaire Tony Stark (Iron Man) seems like the least sympathetic of heroes. But his all-too-familiar flaws reveal a more than heroic depth of character, and he offers readers an entirely different form of escapism.
Tuesday, August 26 2008
Sherlock Holmes, pudgy heroes, and Superman’s sexual prowess: an interview with Owen King.
Wednesday, August 6 2008
Comic-Con 2008 was a long weekend of geeked-out bliss and a chance to rub elbows with everyone from tiny independent comic artists trying to sell their books to big Hollywood stars. But it also meant gigantic crowds and impossibly long lines.
Monday, April 7 2008
As Marvel Comics turns back the clock on Spider-Man, returning him to the struggling single life, questions erupt about the relationship of hero to audience.
Thursday, February 21 2008
The changes in the superhero mythos resulting mainly from Infinite Crisis, Civil War show the Modern Age has ended and the Postmodern Age is here. A new era in superhero comics has begun.
Thursday, April 19 2007
Unlike many mainstream comic strips that depict childhood as pure and full of happiness – such as the nauseatingly idyllic Family Circus or the benignly mischievous Dennis the Menace – Lulu Eightball is unafraid to acknowledge the dark side of growing up.
Tuesday, January 23 2007
As the standard-bearer of the underground comix movement, Robert Crumb poisoned a blossoming genre with vehement misogyny.
Friday, August 18 2006
, by William Gatevackes - PopMatters Writer William Gatevackes tackles the massive DC crossover so you don't have to.
PopMatters Writer William Gatevackes tackles the massive DC crossover so you don't have to.
Tuesday, August 8 2006
, by Shawn O'Rourke - Comic Con is like Mecca for pop culture geeks.
Comic Con is like Mecca for pop culture geeks.
Monday, June 26 2006
, by Glenn McDonald - Upon the debut of PopMatters' new PopComix section, one of the medium's most articulate thinkers talks about the creative potential at the nexus of comics and the Web.