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Tuesday, September 1 2009

Explainers: Back to the ‘50’s and Up to the Present

Jules Feiffer's groundbreaking Village Voice comics delivered a satirical take on current events and paved the way for many contemporary strips.


Thursday, August 27 2009

The Devil You Know: Mignola’s Hellboy in the Chapel of Moloch and the Old Debate

Modernist drama around the popularizing of the cultural archive, or postmodernist deliberation on the redemptive value of art in world awash in mass consumerism, the story of Mignola's Hellboy is also the story of comics' struggle for legitimation both as art-form and industry.


The Horror of Science and Magic in Hellboy

While the popular imagination often depicts science and magic as locked in a fundamental opposition, Mike Mignola's Hellboy depicts the true horror that lurks beneath.


Wednesday, August 26 2009

Hellboy Versus Hellboy: The Competing Authenticities of Mignola and del Toro

Is avant-garde horror director Guillermo del Toro's vision of Hellboy too compromised to achieve the cultural impact of the original comicbook?


Tuesday, August 25 2009

Dylan Dog vs. Hellboy: A Study of Pulp and Pop Pastiche

Horror stories and Mignola's cultural project with Hellboy, at home and abroad. If Hellboy is the all-American, indestructible demon with the Right Hand of Doom, then Dylan Dog is his handsome, eccentric, phobic (and horny) European cousin, with a penchant for the clarinet.


Monday, August 24 2009

Build to Suit: Guillermo del Toro and the Mythology of Hellboy

The mythology of the Hellboy films is, to use del Toro's own apt description, “…a jazz riff on what the comic book is”.


Sunday, August 23 2009

The Boy Who Would Be The Beast of the Apocalpyse: Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Mythology, and the Human

Hellboy essentially argues that biology indeed need not be destiny, and that to exist as a human means something more than possessing a certain normative appearance.


Tuesday, August 18 2009

Red Menace in the Mirror: Identity, Politics and Identity Politics in Superman Red Son

In writer Mark Millar's visionary recasting of Superman as a Soviet dictator, questions of personal and social identity become the staging point for a central drama around global justice.


Tuesday, August 11 2009

The Legacy of Mike Wieringo: The Flash Years

The true legacy of Mike Wieringo is his radical redefining of the comics industry's obsession with navel-gazing.


Tuesday, August 4 2009

Manga and Minimalism: The Shared Visions of Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Raymond Carver

One is an acknowledged master of the modern short story, and the other is an influential figure in the world of alternative Japanese comics.


Tuesday, July 28 2009

Jack Knight’s First Team Up

The Starman is a generational tale of a young hero assuming his father’s mantle, which takes the reader on an educational journey through DC Comics’ past.


Tuesday, July 21 2009

I Saw You: Comics, the Internet, and Everyday Life

In this Iconographies feature, I Saw You will be used as a spring-board to understanding how the internet might be examined and made sense of through comics.


Tuesday, July 7 2009

Collapse: 1989’s Legion of Super-Heroes

This comic offers a profound meditation on the far-reaching effects the confluence of a literary revolution, engineering miracle and scientific doctrine would have on popular culture.


Wednesday, June 17 2009

The History of Comic Conventions

This edition of "Iconographies" looks at the rise in popularity of the comics convention, and the pop-cultural changes conventions have brought to comics.


Tuesday, June 9 2009

The Death of Captain America

"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

On Evas and Angels: Postmodern Fantasy Devotion to Neon Genesis Evangelion

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

‘This Is Not the Culture I Signed Up For’: Alan Moore and Hollywood

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

Superheroes Versus Comics

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

A Spirited Friendship

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

Will Eisner’s Dual Identity: The Spirit of an Artist

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.


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