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More Story to Tell: “New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1”

In the first year of The Iconographies, we took an in-depth critical tour of the wonder that is Lone Wolf and Cub. Now, as creator Kazuo Koike returns to his magnum opus, so do we…

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The Exorcist: 3 July - 12 August 2012 - Los Angeles

The overall feeling of The Exorcist challenges the viewer to let down their natural defenses when it comes to being scared.

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Comic Con Explores the Digital Future of Comics

Were the people downloading comics loyal fans who had forsaken their local stores for the allure of cheaper titles and ease of access? Or were they new readers who would never have stepped into a comic book store, but decided to download something directly to their smartphone or tablet?

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Jonah Lehrer and the Debate Over Self-Plagiarism

In a world where ethical systems, religions, and legal codes identify both gradations and scales between various crimes, is it fair to use the word “plagiarism” in association with what Jonah Lehrer did?

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Re: Digital: Thomas Pynchon (and Others) Succumb to E-Readers

Stories are composed on Twitter, fan fiction can become literature, libraries are accessible around the world, and reader’s can explore classics on their Ipad. As literary holdouts come to accept digital reality, it's important to remember that the audiobook did not kill the paperback, and that new mediums don’t always replace the old ones.

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Dispatches from the E-Reader Wars

Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble vs. Apple. The E-Reader Wars are heating up.

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Prodigal Sons and Daughters Return in Teen Titans #1

In Teen Titans #1 writer Scott Lobdell captures that youthful energy of characters both honoring a heroic legacy, and rebelling against their forebears who enshrine it.

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And… Action! It's 'Deathstroke #1'

In Deathstroke #1 writer Kyle Higgins' use of easily-recognizable action movie tropes is the farthest thing from derivative. Instead, it is a user-friendly shorthand for new readers to the little-known DC character.

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Terry Moore Rising?

Rachel Rising feels very much like the third runaway hit for fan-favorite indie publisher Terry Moore. But will the notoriously protracted publication schedule finally be put aside to bring a mainstream success the creator so richly deserves?

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Reanimated: Snyder Reasserts the Moody Genius of Swamp Thing

By reasserting the classic dilemmas of the original Swamp Thing, retooling these for a 21st century audience, and writing a superb, concise introduction to both the character and its setting, Scott Snyder may have crafted the first genuine hit of DC's New 52.

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Worthy: Samurai's Blood #1

In a flourishing marketplace of the samurai literary canon do creators Wiseman and Benaroya bring something fresh to the story of a samurai clan under attack and assassination? The answer is more subtle than a simple yes or no.

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Out of the Desert, Into Drag: An Encounter with Priscilla the Queen

Unlike the mock enthusiasm, he had prepared prior to the show, our writer found that he genuinely loved his first Broadway experience.

Games

Can Viral Videos Be Art?

Is there such a thing as a highbrow viral video? We'll Never Know the Difference.

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When Superheroes Die

The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.

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A Second Look: The Second Printing of Hellraiser #1

With Hellraiser #1 going into a second printing in less than a week off the back of a social media campaign that has gone viral, we turn our attention to a character that is fast becoming a phenomenon.

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Leaping Into Aether: Unknown Volume 1

Unknown stands as an achievement by successfully jamming together two genres: the rational detective story, and the irrational supernatural suspense tale.

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Starting Anew: Sweets #1

Sweets is not a blackjack to the back of the head; it is a stiletto between the ribcage.

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Hetalia Volume 1

Hetalia features various anthropomorphized characters who act as a type of human manifestation of a specific country.

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The Future of Comic Stores in the Digital Era

Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics and founder of Free Comic Book Day, shares his insights into comicbooks, new media and the prospect of a world without print.

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