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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.


Monday, September 22 2008

Let Us Now Praise Ordinary Men: Normalcy, Comics, and The Dark Knight

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

What the World Needs Now: Society’s Desperate Need for Superheroes

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

Stark Reality: A Different Hero for Different Times

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

Who Can Save Us Now?

Sherlock Holmes, pudgy heroes, and Superman’s sexual prowess: an interview with Owen King.


Wednesday, August 6 2008

Comic-Con 2008: Bigger Than Ever, But Does That Mean Better?

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

Spidey Turns Slacker?!: Great Power, Not So Much Responsibility

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

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.


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