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'Fresh Romance' and 'Island' Signal a Revival of the Anthology Periodical

The periodical anthology, or comics magazine, allows for a variety of experiments with form that may not otherwise fit into conventional publishing models in the US.

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Metal Mammoth, Inc.

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Rosy Press

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What's Wrong With X-Men Bobby Drake's Coming Out Story?

There are a lot of unwritten assumptions about Iceman's sexuality in All New X-Men #40.

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Marvel Worldwide Inc.

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Film

Black Widow and the Burden of Being the Female Avenger

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.

Comics

Time, Space and Plasticity in Long-running Comics Series

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.

Comics

Judging Comics by Their Covers: Comic Books, Text, Paratext and Context

Comics covers may not always reflect what's inside, but it's difficult to see covers as distinct from the books they adorn.

Comics

How Digital Comics Changed the Way I Think About Print

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.

Events

The GeekGirlCon Effect

GeekGirlCon may not be a "comic-con", but it has helped to bring about positive change in comics culture.

Television

Of Grimms, Slayers, and Vampires with Souls

Although our heroes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Grimm are initially alone, accepting help, and valuing their found families, is a virtue.

Comics

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.

Comics

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.

Comics

'Shutter', 'Saga' and 'The Private Eye' Showcase the Best of What Comics Can Do

The best creators will find ways to make the best use of whatever medium they are working in.

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Panel Syndicate

Film

With 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' the MCU Decisively Breaks with Comics

Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.

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Film

The Gritty and the Real: Unpacking the Realism Trope in Superhero Films

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.

Internet

What Do We Do When Our Online Comics Collections Explode?

Complications or confusion aside, the hacking of comiXology demonstrates a disconcerting vulnerability in digital comics.

Comics

Digital Comics and the Return of Disposability

A lot of comics may be seen as cheap, but so what? That also makes them fun.

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Walking Through the Space of Childhood: Geneviève Castrée's 'Susceptible'

Comics is an ideal medium for showing memory, time and mind, as having "physical dimensions".

Television

Marvel Studios' Major TV Launch Will Benefit from Staying Close to Its Comics Roots

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.


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