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Out of the Shadows: The Brandon Easton Exclusive

Creative force Brandon Easton talks with Julian Chambliss about his newest documentary, the state of comics today, and the questions nobody ever asks.

Julian Chambliss
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An Avenger for All Seasons: Captain America, Identity, and the US Experience

The key to Captain America: The Winter Soldier success is clear. It captured and integrated into the Marvel cineverse Captain America’s dedication to the common man's ideas of America.

Julian Chambliss
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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.

Julian Chambliss
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Re: Purpose: Is Summer 2013 a High Noon for the Superhero Movie?

Just as westerns in the 1950s addressed the role US geopolitical concerns during the Cold War, the superhero and pulp-hero movie seems to have slid comfortably into that same popcultural space.

Julian Chambliss
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Rethinking the Narrative: An Exclusive Conversation with Dr. Walter Greason

The debate over sexism and Eurocentrism in superhero comics simmers constantly, an easy charge for cultural critics and fans alike. Yet, the fact that superhero comicbook struggles with questions of race and gender bias should not be a surprise.

Julian Chambliss
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Answers, and Questions: Clarifying Creator Rights with Chris Roberson

In April 2012, New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson re-tabled a debate around creative rights many believed long-settled...

Julian Chambliss
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Fearful Symmetry: John Carter and the Struggle of the Individual

Is John Carter a simple action movie or an indication of continuous struggle over values in the United States?

Julian Chambliss
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Marvel, Bono, and Broadway: The Odyssey of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

The media hype has been extreme, yet the story of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is less about Bono, Julie Taymor, and a confusing production and more about comicbooks and their place in U.S. society.

Julian Chambliss
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If Ye Be Worthy: Thor and Identity and Idris Elba

What's really behind the Council of Conservative Citizens' call to boycott Kenneth Branagh's Thor? It couldn't be so obvious a matter as Idris Elba's race. Could it?

Julian Chambliss
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Dwayne McDuffie: The Space Between

In the debut issue of Hardware (April, 1993) recently passed writer Dwayne McDuffie set the tone not only for Milestone Media, but for his entire career.

Julian Chambliss
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Blank Panther?: Jack Kirby, Blackness and the American Dream

Focusing a Black History Month spotlight on the nature of the American Dream, do illustrator and comics legend Jack Kirby's wrestlings black identity in his Black Panther character prove groundbreaking? Or simply the reenactment of his own identity politics?

Julian Chambliss
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Rebuilding American Manhood: The Green Hornet Circa 2011

More than escapism, the Green Hornet gives an U.S. audience nurtured on frontier imagery an example of individual agency that resonates with the effort to believe and achieve the American dream.

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Quality Time with the Powells: The Ordinary Anxiety of 'No Ordinary Family'

While Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis both shuffle off darker roles in their recent past to become the core of ABC's new No Ordinary Family, the show itself might prove exceptional in its use of simple social structures in a time of a collapsing middle-class.

Julian Chambliss

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