Shaun Huston is an associate professor in Geography and Film Studies at Western Oregon University, where he primarily teaches courses in political and cultural geography. His articles and presentations cover a variety of topics in the study of pop cultures, including Canadian film politics, suburban landscapes in Mike Judge's Office Space, and dime novel Westerns. He also makes films, including Comic Book City, Portland, Oregon, USA (2012), a documentary on the community of comics creators in Portland, Oregon (view details on IMDB). You can learn more at his faculty webpage.
All too often, when you have a token female in a story, that character's primary super power is simply that she's a girl.
19 May 2015
Some creators and publishers choose to make time and space infinitely malleable. Others take readers to new times and places while leaving characters in a single timeline.
05 Apr 2015
Comics covers may not always reflect what's inside, but it's difficult to see covers as distinct from the books they adorn.
06 Mar 2015
There is no cloud storage for print, making the decision to recycle a bunch of my print comics qualitatively different from my decision to delete a book or title from my tablet.
17 Dec 2014
The best creators will find ways to make the best use of whatever medium they are working in.
27 Jul 2014
Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.
06 Jul 2014
The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.
05 May 2014
Complications or confusion aside, the hacking of comiXology demonstrates a disconcerting vulnerability in digital comics.
17 Apr 2014
While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may stem directly from The Avengers film franchise, like those movies, the show also has comics in its DNA.
01 Dec 2013
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