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Thursday, February 10 2005

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?


PopMatters Comic Book Feature

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?


Friday, September 1 2000

Awaking to the Terror of the Same Old Day: The Comics of Harvey Pekar

A talking head confronts the reader in a panel of American Splendor: On the Job (Dark Horse Comics, 1997). He’s a middle-aged blue collar intellectual,


Friday, July 28 2000

Understanding Reinvention

In 1993, Scott McCloud, best known for his sci-fi comics series Zot!, published his landmark volume Understanding Comics, which made waves in the academic discussion about


Saturday, July 1 2000

Lone Star Comix Online

Austin, Texas — It’s a factoid I never seem to tire of: Austin was one of the major seats of the Sixties underground comix movement,


Sunday, April 9 2000

To Be or Not to Be in This Pair of Tights: Superhero Comics as Literature

Part 2 of 2  The new issue of Wizard: Guide to Comics, the fanboy zine extraordinaire, has a cover showing a character by the name of


Saturday, April 1 2000

To Be or Not to Be in This Pair of Tights: Superhero Comics as Literature

Part 1 of 2 Literature means never having to say you’re a genre. Being inside an insidious box molds literature into some pretty terrible moments. In


Friday, March 3 2000

The Comic Strip Moves to the Suburbs: Settling For Less & Loving It!

Rather than deal in extremes, today's comic strip reflects society at its most mundane. Neither high society nor impoverished slum graces the comics page. A move uptown is construed as elitist, and the impoverished hayseed only makes us queasy.


Sunday, January 1 1995

Understanding Reinvention

In 1993, Scott McCloud, best known for his sci-fi comics series Zot!, published his landmark volume Understanding Comics, which made waves in the academic discussion about


Awaking to the Terror of the Same Old Day: The Comics of Harvey Pekar

A talking head confronts the reader in a panel of American Splendor: On the Job (Dark Horse Comics, 1997). He’s a middle-aged blue collar intellectual,


Lone Star Comix Online

Austin, Texas — It’s a factoid I never seem to tire of: Austin was one of the major seats of the Sixties underground comix movement,


To Be or Not to Be in This Pair of Tights: Superhero Comics as Literature

Part 2 of 2  The new issue of Wizard: Guide to Comics, the fanboy zine extraordinaire, has a cover showing a character by the name of


To Be or Not to Be in This Pair of Tights: Superhero Comics as Literature

Part 1 of 2 Literature means never having to say you’re a genre. Being inside an insidious box molds literature into some pretty terrible moments. In


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