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Fighting the '90s Culture Wars with Grant Morrison's 'The Invisibles'

In Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential address he evoked fear of "crossdressers in our midst" as a metaphor for the infiltration of liberal political culture. Grant Morrison's The Invisibles comics proved he had reason to fear.

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Guilds, Rape, and a Satanic Shocker

David Fincher, Kim Novak, and the producers of The Devil Inside walk into an LA oxygen bar...

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'All Star Western' Is at Home, Back East

In a longstanding tradition of using company-wide shakeups to offer a new and engaging visions of Jonah Hex, All Star Western offers perhaps the sincerest reboot of the entire New 52 run.

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The Year in Review: The Best Comics of 2010, Part II

Regardless of format, what seems unlikely to change is the use of comics for serial storytelling. In the future, this may take place on the web, or in e-editions, it may not follow a monthly publishing schedule, but like television, comics is both historically associated with serials and well-suited to making and delivering these kinds of stories.

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Once in a Lifetime: Each of Us Is a Daytripper, and We Are All Made of Stars

The archetypes of a vast array creative geniuses, including David Lynch, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stan Rogers, come together to tell everyone’s story in the superlative Daytripper, which sets a new standard for comic book masterpieces along the lines of Watchmen or A Contract with God.

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The Primal Drive of Fear and Desire in Hitchcock’s 'Vertigo' and 'The Birds'

Typical of Hitchcock, he does not provide answers in Vertigo and The Birds, rather, he demonstrates the inherent dangers of living with -- yet denying -- the dark psychic forces that control our lives from deep withing our subconscious minds.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Eight, 1956 - 1958

Now entering his creative peak, Hitchcock revisited some older material, reinvigorating it with a global politics and a big budget grandeur.

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Hitchcock and Homework: The Rewards and Perils of Hitchcock in the High School English Class

To what degree should a teacher help a student develop taste? Hitchcock stands as one of hundreds of artists whose work educators might use to explore questions of art and the classroom itself with their students.

Brian Keaney
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The Modern Prometheus: Creature and Creator in 'Vertigo' and 'Psycho'

Just as Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley famous novel creates what turns out to be a monstrosity, so also does Scottie in Vertigo and Norman Bates in Psycho.

Andrew W. M. Smith
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The Bronx Kill by Peter Milligan and Jason Romberger

There are crooked cops, a dangerous dame with a past, and a man on the search for the truth, but the most compelling character is the titular body of water.

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Sweet Tooth #1-5

In his latest opus, Jeff Lemire cries out for help. If only he were crying wolf.

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A Modern Promethea: Mike Carey and Peter Gross Pen the Unwritten

Story these days is a battlefield, and Mike Carey and Peter Gross are the new generals.

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The Word Made Flesh: Chronicling The Unwritten

"Companion Tommy, sound your horn!" A story for the ages and, of course, our age, The Unwritten's goals are lofty indeed, and its creators do not shy from them, lest their work lose validity.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 1

Day One - A trip back to the classic days of studio system Hollywood, complete with great musicals, amazing adventure yarns, and a couple of post-modern freak outs, just to keep things controversial and lively.

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Incognegro

Incognegro proves once more, if proof is still needed, that the graphic novel equals prose, film and stage in its potential for all kinds of creative expression.

Chauncey Mabe
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Vertigo (1959)

Vertigo's new life, carefully restored from the best available prints for this DVD release, should best reveal Hitchcock's mastery of his medium.

Marc Acherman
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