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Afflicting the Comfortable: An Interview with Terry Moore

The comic industry's great humanist talks about the end of Echo, his new series, Rachel Rising, and ponders ideas such as, "What if you mate the China syndrome with a collider?"

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The Writing on the Wall: How ‘The Unwritten’ Fails to Meet Its Own Hype

When The Unwritten first appeared in print, it promised to be unique and endearing if for nothing other than its peerless high concept. Ironically it's writer Mike Carey's reliance on this high concept that provides savvy readers with insight into the dangers of the high concept in general.

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Band Tees and Inside Jokes: The PopMatters Exclusive with the ‘Li’l Depressed Boy’ Creators

Image Comics’ Li'l Depressed Boy isn't the most conventional series on comic stands. Part comedy, part romance, part drama, it’s also charming, whimsical, snarky, and offbeat. In an exclusive and frank interview with its creators, PopMatters gets to the heart of the cultural influences that go into making this critically acclaimed bestseller.

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The Best Books and Graphic Fiction for Summer

PopMatters writers recommend some of their all-time favorite summer reads. Look for music summer picks on Tuesday, film/TV/DVD summer picks on Wednesday, and event and game picks for summer on Thursday.

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Here Comes Tomorrow: Time Traveling With Comics This Summer

Some have argued that comics is about nostalgia. This is patently untrue. For a medium that requires readers to synthesize a coherent moment from disparate image- and text-sequences, comics is always about that future moment. Here's a summer-long comics cavalcade.

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DC Reboot Gives Comics a ‘Logan’s Run’ For Their Money

DC Comics risks everything to re-boot its 52 major titles later this summer. Will this reimagined world bring in younger readers or spell "Last Day" for the comics giant?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Comics Superheroes Leap Across the Great Cultural Divide

Bounding from the pages of comic books onto the screens of films and TV, our superheroes unite formerly divided interests -- comics geeks vs. everyone else.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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14 Apr 2011 // 10:00 PM

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.

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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.

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13 Apr 2011 // 10:00 PM

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.

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'Five Came Back' Is an Unusual and Seminal Suspenser

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"This film feels like a template for subsequent multi-character airplane-disaster and crash projects, all the way down to Lost.

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