By PopMatters Staff

27 August 2010

Missed Directions Reboot: Assembling ‘Unthinkable’

Reading comics promotes specific psychic resiliences, ones that go beyond well beyond the comics page and carry on into civic discourse.

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Things Will Be Worse Now: John Reed and Breaking the Spell of History

With his most recent book, Tales of Woe, John Reed takes a creative and a commercial risk in producing a 'handmade alien object'.

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MAD’s Maddest Artist Gets Even: Don Martin Strikes a Blow for Creators’ Rights

In 1988, MAD's Don Martin helps set the stage for the move towards comics creators' rights in the '90s.

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Pressing Issues: Wizard Press and the Trapeze of ‘90s Fan Culture

Following the apparent reconciliation between Wizard and Frank Miller in 2005, have issues are the publication's quality of journalism finally been settled?

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Swamp Monsters and Stoners: When Mainstream Comics Tuned In, Turned On and Dropped Out

Writer Steve Gerber's 39-issue run on Man-Thing exemplifies a crucial period in the development of comics: when the mainstream and underground collided.

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Trail Blazers in the World of Academia

As we continue to enter this new era in which comics become more integrated into both the larger popular culture and the resulting professional areas that examine it, it is important to remember that until very recently it wasn’t always so.

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Milagro: Image Comics Makes Creators’ Rights an Issue for a New Generation

Image Comics was the game-changer. Not only did they proactively assert their rights as creators, but instilled in those to follow, the notion of creator autonomy.

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Life and Anti-Life: Kirby’s Fourth World Gambit

Already having established himself as the co-creator of the Marvel Universe, Jack "the King" Kirby, ran very little risk in moving to rival publisher DC. The gamble of producing a single story told over four distinct titles however, proved to be an incredible commercial challenge.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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