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Thursday, February 21 2008

A New Era: Infinite Crisis, Civil War, and the End of the Modern Age of Comics

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

The Subversive Adorability of Lulu Eightball

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 MenaceLulu Eightball is unafraid to acknowledge the dark side of growing up.


Tuesday, January 23 2007

No Girls Allowed!: Crumb and the Comix Counterculture

As the standard-bearer of the underground comix movement, Robert Crumb poisoned a blossoming genre with vehement misogyny.


Friday, August 18 2006

An Overview of Infinite Proportions: An Examination of the Infinite Crisis Series

, by William Gatevackes - PopMatters Writer William Gatevackes tackles the massive DC crossover so you don't have to.


An Overview of Infinite Proportions: An Examination of the Infinite Crisis Series

PopMatters Writer William Gatevackes tackles the massive DC crossover so you don't have to.


Tuesday, August 8 2006

San Diego Con: Heady Stuff

, by Shawn O'Rourke - Comic Con is like Mecca for pop culture geeks.


San Diego Con: Heady Stuff

Comic Con is like Mecca for pop culture geeks.


Monday, June 26 2006

A Flowering of Genres: An Interview with Scott McCloud

, 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.


Tuesday, June 6 2006

A Flowering of Genres: An Interview with Scott McCloud

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.


Thursday, April 6 2006

Too Big for the Room: The First Annual New York Comic Con

, by William Gatevackes - Comic book conventions aren't, as some people in the mainstream media would have you believe, a 'nerd prom' or a 'gathering of the geeks'.


Too Big for the Room: The First Annual New York Comic Con

Comic book conventions aren't, as some people in the mainstream media would have you believe, a 'nerd prom' or a 'gathering of the geeks'.


Thursday, March 2 2006

The Comic Book as Object

Once you are willing to consider the look of an individual page, it's a trivial step to consider the look of the whole book, including the cover, binding, ink, page-quality, and so on. This means that, besides being an artist and a storyteller, the comics creator must also be a graphic designer, type-setter, book-binder, and printer.


The Comic Book as Object

Once you are willing to consider the look of an individual page, it's a trivial step to consider the look of the whole book, including the cover, binding, ink, page-quality, and so on. This means that, besides being an artist and a storyteller, the comics creator must also be a graphic designer, type-setter, book-binder, and printer.


The Comic Book as Object

Once you are willing to consider the look of an individual page, it's a trivial step to consider the look of the whole book, including the cover, binding, ink, page-quality, and so on. This means that, besides being an artist and a storyteller, the comics creator must also be a graphic designer, type-setter, book-binder, and printer.


The Comic Book as Object

Once you are willing to consider the look of an individual page, it's a trivial step to consider the look of the whole book, including the cover, binding, ink, page-quality, and so on. This means that, besides being an artist and a storyteller, the comics creator must also be a graphic designer, type-setter, book-binder, and printer.


Thursday, February 10 2005

Comics As Art?: Part 1: Judging a Book By Its (Hard) Cover

by Sherif Nagati - The new initiatives in hardcover publishing should be encouraged, especially if they collect high quality material.


Comics As Art?: Part 1: Judging a Book By Its (Hard) Cover

The new initiatives in hardcover publishing should be encouraged, especially if they collect high quality material.


Wednesday, December 1 2004

Five Years of PopMatters: Concerts

Our crew works hard to bring PopMatters readers excellent reporting on the experience of seeing musicians ply their craft on stage. The tours they cover are often the names on the lips of critics everywhere, and our writers cut through the hype to present objective and analytical observations that expose weaknesses and uphold strengths.


Five Years of PopMatters: Comics

While sometimes we may touch on the inner workings of the industry in order to emphasize a point or analyze how it affects a particular work, this isn't our primary concern. Instead, we focus on evaluating the work in a larger context, and trying to help develop the small but growing realm of intelligent comics commentary.


Friday, May 28 2004

PopMatters Comic Book Feature

by Sherif Nagati - While the French might knock American superheroes as 'brainless macho violence', how do you explain the obsessive fascination of all French comic creators with equally brainless, macho and violent American genres such as Westerns and gangster flicks?


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