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Friday, December 13 2013

Somebodies Talking: Introducing Samuel Sattin’s “League of Somebodies”

In League of Somebodies author and critic Samuel Sattin introduces the idea of the highbrow superhero deconstructionist novel. In doing so, he starts a quiet revolution in thinking.


Thursday, December 12 2013

“Six-Gun Gorilla” Wants You to Want Great Stories

What Six-Gun Gorilla is all about is encouraging us to seek out good stories for ourselves, to find and hold onto whatever value and meaning they contain.


Monday, December 9 2013

My Afterlife As a Comic Book Character: Reflections from the Cast of ‘Star Trek’

A visit to Seattle's Star Trek convention reveals the conflicted feelings cast members have towards being immortalized in comic form.


Friday, December 6 2013

Silver Linings Playback: Exclusive Preview of MAD’s 20 Dumbest for 2013

Falling in love is hard on the knees, Aerosmith reminded us some two decades back. Between President Obama's "backpedaling" on the Syrian red-line and Miley's twerking, 2013 has been a little like that.


Thursday, December 5 2013

I’ll Have Seconds

Unlike the Thanksgiving leftovers reheated, going for seconds is hard when it comes to comicbook issues.


Friday, November 22 2013

Wormhole to the Past: Superman and Lois Lane Turn 75

"Nostalgia is a seductive pleasure these days, but I worry about what it means for the ongoing health of comics…" A Look at Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years and Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years.


Thursday, November 21 2013

Calling It a Comeback: Ultimate Spider-Man, Later

While the primary focus of this narrative is Miles Morales’ return as Spider-Man, the road there is paved with the tribulations of all the other characters involved.


Friday, November 15 2013

Drawing on a Wider Canvas: Artistic Wrestlings with Idea of the X-Men

It's been said that the power in the X-Men is that of social commentary, that the X-Men stand in for any oppressed minority. But could the X-Men really have made it to 50 years on the strength of nothing more than a thinly-veiled analogy?


Thursday, November 14 2013

The Legacy of Uncanny X-men

After 50 years, the Uncanny X-men reflect a message and a struggle that is still as relevant as ever.


Friday, November 8 2013

A New “Birth of the Cool?”: Reimagining Comics for the Digital Age

The shift to digital distribution in the comics industry is having a significant impact. Today, comics is witnessing its very own Birth of the Cool.


Thursday, November 7 2013

The Lessons of Comicbook Loss

When it comes to character death, it’s necessary to split the discussion into two parts: mainstream superhero books and everything else.


Friday, November 1 2013

“Dress It Up Pretty…”: How “Inside MAD” Defeats Marketable Nostalgia, and Why It Must

Inside MAD proves that sometimes novelty and innovation parades as marketable nostalgia.


Thursday, October 31 2013

“Hawkeye” Comes Together

In Hawkeye #8-13 six smaller stories come together to form the larger one, with each chapter written from the point of a view of a different character. Then the real magic begins.


Friday, October 25 2013

Sugar Crash Futures: What I’ll Read, Waiting for the Halloween Hangover

I almost never sleep on the night before Halloween ('cept really for that Devil's Night back in 2002, and y'know, when I was a kid). And that has absolutely nothing to do with comics.


Thursday, October 24 2013

None of the Magic Has to Fade: Characters and Creators

The magic of comics is the magic of perpetual fiction--the idea that the well-worn and familiar can easily pop up in new and unexpected scenarios like the Silver Surfer appearing in analog on the cover of Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien.


Friday, October 18 2013

“Break It Down For Me”: Comics Beyond the Crimeboard

The crimeboard become the signature of high quality comics storytelling nearly a decade ago, but it would take another decade before metaphor would become medium. With Justice League of America #8, we seem to be on the cusp of another evolutionary leap in storytelling.


Thursday, October 17 2013

Lying Cat, Sophie, and Me

If you’re not reading Saga, you’re robbing yourself of Lying Cat.


Friday, October 11 2013

Apocalypse Season: Exclusive Art, and John Ficarra on “MAD #524”

"We're comedy first responders," John Ficarra says, "…but it's going by too fast." And that's really all that needs to be said, comedy as a rescue from a grand danger we cannot yet conceive.


Thursday, October 10 2013

The “Catalyst Comix” Superhero Style Guide

Granted, none of the individual sections of an issue of Catalyst Comix are full-length, but Joe Casey and his artistic partners make them dense and brisk, so even with a smaller page count, they do a great deal of storytelling.


Friday, October 4 2013

Breaking Bad Timing: An Eclipse of Venditti’s Shining Moment?

Will Robert Venditti's singular achievement with the opening chapter of "Lights Out" be eclipsed by what appears to be sublimely prescient timing?


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