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The “Mighty Avengers” are Mighty Avenger-y

Mighty Avengers stars a pseudo-random collection of heroes who form a team based on external circumstances rather than because of some specific shared goal. What’s wonderful about that, though, is that it’s exactly why the original Avengers started way back when.

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Of Mermaids Falling from the Moon: Ancient Comicbooks from Before the Flood

Richard Shaver called the rocks that he found "Rock Books". Within them he saw both stories and pictures from the ancient past. They were the world's first comicbooks -- comicbooks from before the flood.

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On Not Showing the Action: Stillness in ‘Trees’

The normalcy of reading movement into comics art is what makes Warren Ellis' and Jason Howard's new series, Trees, a curiosity.

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The Day the Old Batman-town Steel Mill Shut Down

Imagine Batman, the whole of the intellectual property, the full weight of publication and production history, now 75 years on from its inception, and imagine it as a town.

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Exemplary Continuity in She-Hulk

“My own views on continuity are something of a mixed bag. Basically, I think the massive, over-populated mainstream superhero worlds create opportunities for interesting, inventive interactions between the disparate characters…”

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Comics, Cosmopolitanism, and Canadiana

The growing popularity and diversity of Canadian comics and graphic literature raises questions around how a culture and place presents itself to the world.

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Is the Past Merely Epilogue?: Nostalgia, After “The Fox”

What writer-artist Dean Haspiel and co-plotter Mark Waid achieve with Red Circle’s The Fox: Freak Magnet is nothing short of amazing—the simultaneous dismantling and honoring of the golden age of pulp.

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Transmissions in Blue and Yellow from Comic-Con 2014

This summer gone, it’s Daniel’s first time at Comic-Con. But it’s beginning to feel like all our first times, again…

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The “Going Out of Business” Sale for the 20th Century

This is a story about the distribution model of comics and why I want to see it evolve to the same levels comics storytelling did in the ‘90s. And this story begins with two vignettes…

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Riley Rossmo’s Eclectic Signature

“Momentum” is a good word for Rossmo’s work in general. If there’s one thing that ties together his eclectically vast projects, it’s the kinetic energy his art contains.

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They Call Alabama the Crimson Tide: Southern Bastards in the Heart of Dixie

Southern Bastards is a true Alabama story as much as To Kill a Mockingbird is a true Alabama story.

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“It Never Happened Again” and Again and Again

In his book It Never Happened Again, Sam Alden uses two short comicbook stories to offer a slight twist on the old journey-vs.-destination philosophy.

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Who Wants to Read Comics on a Computer?

However modest in scope, comiXology's new downloads signals the beginning of the end for strict DRM in digital comics -- and it will change how we view comics.

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Somewhere in Dimension Mek: “Our Heroes” and the Superhero Funny Book

Our Heroes is like a Saturday morning cartoon, only better. It perfectly captures the spirit of the funny superhero. (The Human Mallet Lives!)

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The Silver Surfer Spectrum

We didn’t see Marvel’s iconic Surfer of the Cosmic skyways in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy, but iwe should have.

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14 Aug 2014 // 8:04 AM

The Religion of the Dark Knight

While we can’t always relate entirely to DC’s superheroes, we continue to remain fascinated by them because like “The Sons of the Batman” we too desire to be empowered or shaped by something bigger than ourselves.

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In the Shadow of the Shadow of the Bat

It's common knowledge that the 'best' superhero is the one in cape and cowl. And that's true. It's just not the one you think.

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Single Comma Issues

I’m a single issue reader. I don’t avoid trades or anything, but I refuse to wait for them, either, preferring to consume my comics one chapter at a time.

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Origin of the Species: ‘Planet of the Apes’ from Page to Screen

Humankind once laughed at The Planet of the Apes -- until it became a critically acclaimed artistic endeavor and had an Academy Award category created for it. Now who amongst us is laughing?

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Guardians of the Galaxy: From the Marvel Universe to the Marvel Milky Way

Guardians of the Galaxy promises to show us more than any movie has to date of the Marvel Universe and to give us, for the first time, some genuine cosmic-superheroes-in-space excitement.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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