InvisibleRepublic03_Review coverInvisible Republic #3: Fighting for History

By coincidence, for an unrelated project, I’ve been reading Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle lately, and I can’t help seeing many similarities with Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s Invisible Republic, as… [more]

howlsStudio Ghibli and Fascism

Studio Ghibli’s films have inspired some introspection so far, but upon further inspection there is a very serious issue that preoccupies the studio’s middle cannon: that is fascism, and the portrayal of fascism in Studio… [more]

Ron Galella Archive - File Photos 2010Blank on Blank Recreates Ray Bradbury Dialogue with Animated Video

Founded by David Gerlach and collaborators with PBS and Digital Studios, the YouTube channel Blank on Blank makes animated videos for long-lost interviews of music, cinema, and pop culture icons. On April 28, 2015 Blank… [more]

Todd!Community Season Six: “Modern Espionage”

Last season Community decided to return to one of its better concept episodes – Dungeons and Dragons. The results were mixed, feeling like a slightly fruitless attempt at recapturing the glory days. When I heard… [more]

ssdfghSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 31

Issues #39-40  “The Hanged Man” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Steve Pugh, Dave McKean Colors: Tom Zuiko, Dave McKean Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Over the past 34 issues and one annual[1] Jamie Delano has… [more]

Jessica-JonesNetflix Looks to Expand Super Success with AKA Jessica Jones

Earlier this April, Netflix and Marvel collaborated to create Daredevil, one of the most acclaimed Superhero series on recent television. The show became an instant hit, collecting a hefty 9.1/10 on IMDb, 9.4/10 on TV.com,… [more]

555b44acb80bcc99383a9b44_jon-hamm-mad-men-episode-14-season-7-part-2The Meristems of Mad Men

[This piece contains major spoilers for the finale of Mad Men.] In most plants, vertical growth occurs from two points, right at the tip of the stem, from the “shoot apical meristem” and at the… [more]

gary anthony williamsGary Anthony Williams to Play Bebop in Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles 2

According to Deadine, Paramount has cast Screen Actors Guild Award nominee (for work in Boston Legal via IMDb) Gary Anthony Williams as the Foot Clan’s piggy henchman Bebop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Half… [more]

Decalogue-1Movies You Should Watch: Decalogue One

The 10 films are not philosophical abstractions but personal stories that involve us immediately; I hardly stirred during some of them. After seeing the series, Stanley Kubrick observed that Kieslowski and Piesiewicz “have the very… [more]

Fury Road 4A Very Australian Apocalypse: Mad Max: Fury Road

This is the way the world ends: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. Luckily for cinema audiences, George Miller does… [more]

aquaman-41cvr2-2--135687DC Continues to Revamp Superhero Looks

Last month, DC revealed new costumes for beloved characters Superman, Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman. This is a continuation of DC’s 2011 the New 52 revamping of its characters and… [more]

articlethumb“Our Sonnet’s End Attained, Awaits The Hearse Let’s Raise Our Gaze From Verse… To Multiverse!”: Multiversity #2, Superjudge

Grant Morrison, and to some extent the metaphysics of the DC Multiverse, have a very Gnostic flavour with an affinity for Manichean Dualism. Universe A and Universe B, The Invisibles and the Archons, Apokolips and… [more]

Diego LunaDiego Luna to Star in Star Wars: Rogue One

Star Wars: Rogue One is one of the three confirmed Star Wars spin-off films to be made and released in the coming years. Rogue One is to be directed by Gareth Edwards, best known for… [more]

LoT 2DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: News and First Look

The Arrow and The Flash spin-off Legends of Tomorrow is set to debut during the CW’s 2015-2016 season (most likely in early 2015). The show will star Doctor Who‘s Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, multiple Emmy… [more]

fugitive2015-05-09-12h11m31s3A Vengeful Statue: Daiei’s Daimajin Trilogy

In the years after his death, the capital city was struck by heavy rain and lightning, and his chief Fujiwara adversary and Emperor Daigo’s crown prince died, while fires caused by lightning and floods destroyed many of residences. [more]

thumbMy So-Called Secret Identity Volume 1 Print Edition Review

The past couple of weeks have not been a good time for female fans of comics. Between GamerGate trying to set up a booth at a Calgary Con, Michelle MacLaren’s rapid exit from Wonder Woman,… [more]

the new mutantsX-Men Spin-off The New Mutants is Happening

According to Comic Book Resources, 20th Century Fox is looking to expand its hit X-Men franchise with The New Mutants, with Josh Boone on board as director and co-writer. Boone directed the smash hit (and… [more]

supergirl-first-look-126487Supergirl Set for Monday Nights on CBS: Images, Cast, and Trailer Released

It’s set: Supergirl will debut on CBS this November with Glee star Melissa Benoist playing the girl with superhuman powers. Per Vcpost.com, Owain Yeoman has been cast to play Vartox, Supergirl’s mortal enemy; Mehcad Brooks… [more]

Superman Earth One Volume 3, CoverFlying Cars, Graphic Novels, and Superman Earth One

When it comes to predicting the future of the publishing industry, there are two types of people—those who have no idea what is going to happen and those who pretend like they do.  Given the… [more]

Style: "Mad Men"The End of Mad Men

This week, I can almost guarantee, this water cooler conversation will be repeated throughout the world: “So, what was Mad Men all about?” “I’ve no idea.” It’s been seven seasons and eight years, and this… [more]

pom-pokoThe Burden of Change: Mourning the Pastoral in Pom Poko

Japanese tales are burdened with loss, especially modern ones. Modern Japanese fiction, produced by such writers as Natsume Soseki, is conscious about the loss of innocence and the disintegration of Eastern culture against the Western… [more]

3x23 (1)Arrow Season 3 Episode 23 Review

Arrow’s third season finale is, for the most part, what one might expect out of a season finale from the show. It’s big, nearly apocalyptic, and features more than a few fights and heartfelt speeches.… [more]

josh-trankStar Wars Boba Fett Spin-off Loses Director Josh Trank

Disney has recently confirmed that one of three Star Wars spin-offs will be a Boba Fett origin story. Everyone remembers Boba’s descent into the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi (1983), but can anyone… [more]

sdPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Six: A “Crisis” Of Faith

The next stop on our tour of British comics focused on disenfranchised teens/twentysomethings in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s brings us to True Faith, a smart, satirical, dare I say sometimes even poignant look… [more]

Czarface 2Comic Book Themed Hip Hop Trio Czarface Returns for Second Album

In late 1993, legendary MC Inspectah Deck was getting busy with Wu-Tang Clan on the classic rap album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). That album has held up as one of the greatest and most… [more]