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Thursday, March 27 2014

Not For Nothing: Reading Ales Kot’s “Zero”

Ales Kot’s Zero is not a traditional mystery tale, but it certainly has a large unanswered question looming over it.


Friday, March 21 2014

Later on with Hellboy: The Mike Mignola Warm Up

Today, we kick off the lid on a month full of Hellboy, to celebrate the character’s 20th anniversary.


Thursday, March 20 2014

Superheroes Are a Great Terrible Idea

There are lots of stories about superheroes helping out with natural disasters, military operations, diseases, hunger, and the other countless problems of the world. But there aren’t very many superheroes who only do that stuff and leave the crime-fighting to someone else. Why not?


Friday, March 7 2014

The Cataclysmic Destruction of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe

It redefined the comic book industry for the new millennium. Now it is an ever-unfolding tragedy.


Thursday, March 6 2014

“FBP” and the Stability of Constant Flux

As the story progresses in FBP, it offers a steady supply of shock, giving the audience fresh reasons to get hooked all the time. Not knowing what’s coming makes each new development a delightful surprise, rather than an inevitability.


Friday, February 28 2014

Things Will Be Better Now: Dan Goldman on “Red Light Properties”

Dan Goldman is a precious intellect, and we need to rally around him. He is one of the rare few artists working in any medium who are actively engaging with the idea of what it means to be making transmedia.


Thursday, February 27 2014

The Best Bad Influences: Drumhellar and Broad City

Drumhellar's main character, Drum, and one of Broad City's two leads, Ilana, are both what could and would normally be considered bad influences—they push their friends to do dangerous things for the sake of excitement or discovery.


Friday, February 21 2014

A Clean, Unlighted Place: A Prelude to the Dan Goldman Interview

Dan's fearlessness is, in all truth, the light of rationalism, and the courage of spirit that comes from humanistic values. And that is the fireside we both sit at, as we head into the darker winter of the conversation ahead.


Thursday, February 20 2014

Black Kirby NOW: An Interview with John Jennings

An Afrocentric future is born out of the inspiration and aspiration of a growing African diaspora. Of course, this promising future is a reflection of a troubled past and contested present.


Friday, February 14 2014

Whiskey in a Bar: The Big Picture with Jimmy Palmiotti

Superstar creator Jimmy Palmiotti talks about PaperFilms, his most newest KickStarter project, Denver, and his mainstream success, but none of this in an actual bar.


Thursday, February 13 2014

Sanctioned Spoilers

Isn’t modern life grand? A comicbook fan can dig into the histories of specific characters, creators, titles, etc. via the numerous online archives and blogs that are out there for just that purpose.


Friday, February 7 2014

The Past Is No Refuge: Watching Project Black Sky Unfold

For their Project Black Sky superhero line, publisher Dark Horse engineers one of the most formidable social media campaigns ever.


Thursday, February 6 2014

The Fictional Science of Great Science Fiction

Right now there’s an abundance of great “hard” sci-fi comics, titles that pay close attention to the tiny details of whatever made-up sciences their stories entail.


Friday, January 31 2014

Make Me Wanna Die: Revisiting “Death Sentence”, Nearer the End

We said some very polite and clever things about the opening chapter of Death Sentence, identifying Monty's facility at producing a Dostoevskian or Dickensian narrative that confronted existential angst at a societal level. The truth is far more tantalizing.


Thursday, January 30 2014

“Unity” Makes the Old New Again

The super-people who band together to take Aric down are all characters from other Valiant Comics titles, ostensibly making Unity something of a Justice League or Avengers type book for the publisher, except that the stars of Unity aren’t exactly heroes.


Friday, January 24 2014

Learning to Live Again: Privacy, Surveillance, and the Unwritten Apocalypse

A work as erudite and as literary as The Unwritten couldn't possibly be laced with current real-world, media-hyped, crises, could it?


Thursday, January 23 2014

Scott Snyder’s Original Batman

Before DC relaunched their entire line, Scott Snyder had an 11-issue run on Detective with artists Francesco Francavilla and Jock. Bruce Wayne was believed to be dead at the time, so his first protégé Dick Grayson was under the cowl instead.


Friday, January 17 2014

Actus Tertius: Finale: Somebodies, Say Something!

The question on the use of popculture goes far beyond cultural legitimacy or even cultural validity, writer and critic Samuel Sattin reminds us…


Thursday, January 16 2014

Wrestling with ‘Loose Ends’

Loose Ends is a truly remarkable work, with oversized pages that give the highly stylized art and dialogue ample room to impress, and a story that’s intimate but enormous, with wonderfully rich and bold characters to match.


Friday, January 10 2014

Samuel Says: Plumbing the Sociocultural Depths of “League of Somebodies”

It's the question I didn't ask author and critic Samuel Sattin that wakes me at 3am each morning…


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