all2_1920The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: A First-Class Cult Movie

Everyone seems to have their own definition of what constitutes a “cult movie”. For my part, I’d define it as a movie in which the main narrative, the overall plot, isn’t very interesting, but there… [more]

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Necropolitan is an exciting new comic book from publisher Martian Lit’s growing line of titles. Created by Mike Phillips, Julian Darius, and Steven Legge, the recently released Necropolitan #1 is a fresh take on the… [more]

American GodsWhen Shadow Returns: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

For a while, I thought I had a horrible feeling why Shadow left America. If you don’t want any spoilers for either the book or the upcoming television series, please read no further. If not,… [more]

starsrright“…Without Doubt the Fullest and Truest Expression of Ethereal Genius…” Tragedy, Transition and Triumph in Providence #11

“…fantastic references to some plan for the extirpation of the entire human race and all animal and vegetable life from the earth by some terrible elder race of beings from another dimension. He would shout… [more]

Bright Eyes, Ape CitySequart Releases Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato. “A planet where apes evolved from men?” With… [more]

The Velvet Underground and NicoOn the 50th Anniversary of The Velvet Underground and Nico

The first album of the Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground and Nico, was released, after a long delay, 50 years ago today. It’s hard to find words adequate to express what a landmark event this… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #60: Infinite Midlife Crisis

It’s a new day and a new format for Smorgasbord, as Shawn and Tom discuss of what the reception for Logan means for the future of comic book movies, the end of Island, the resurrection… [more]

Buffy1bCelebrating the 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Twenty years ago, the landscape of television, drama and popular culture changed with the debut of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon. Looking back at the first shaky season of what was then… [more]

Logan_Trailer_HPLogan: A Brilliant, Game-Changing Film

In some ways, the X-Men have always been about family. Looking back to the first Bryan Singer film from 2000, many of the dramatic tensions revolve around a group of outcasts trying to piece together… [more]

verhoeven1Multiple Realities: The Hollywood Films of Paul Verhoeven

After making a name for himself in the Netherlands, Paul Verhoeven moved to Hollywood in the 1980s to work on American films. From that period through the 1990s Verhoeven directed a series of movies across… [more]

XXXX: Women in Horror, Horror in the Family

I will admit, I’ve been waiting for this film. Until fairly recently, I used to write for another online magazine that, in its last incarnation, was called GeekPr0n. I spent some years covering various comics,… [more]

Metabaron Book 2The Metabarons Series Returns to Form in Newest Volume

Warning: this review contains spoilers for the current volume and the entire Metabarons series. It’s fair to say that Metabarons has now eclipsed Incal as the most famous Jodorowsky-penned sci-fi epic, at least in the… [more]

Trump Kurtzman coverDenis Kitchen Discusses his Career and Harvey Kurtzman’s Trump

Denis Kitchen has decades of experience in comics publishing. Some of his notable accomplishments have been founding Kitchen Sink Press and the Comic Book Legal Defense. One of Kitchen’s more recent projects is Trump: The… [more]

The Power of The Dark Crystal CoverWhat is The Power of The Dark Crystal?

Back in 2013, it was my intention to participate in what was called the Gelfing Gathering Author Quest: a contest in which the Jim Henson Company along with Grosset & Dunlap would chose a writer… [more]

Wolverine- Old Man Logan (2008) (Digital TPB) (Zone-Empire).cbr - Page 2A Look at Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan

Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan is a bold, gripping adventure comic set against a western-style post-apocalyptic background featuring once-mighty heroes clinging to the last vestiges of their former glory. It makes Chris Claremont’s Days of Future Past… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #59: See You Hell Cowboy

This week, Tom and Shawn say their last goodbyes to Hellboy III, Rebellion must avoid getting into Activision’s bed of disappointments and broken dreams, and the May Previews provide some tedium, some pleasant surprises, and… [more]

ODY-C He ReadsWrestling With the Cycle: Not All Men and “He” in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C

In Part I of this article, “Not All-Men: On the Subject of “He” in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C,” we looked at the presence and purpose of men and male characters in an almost… [more]

Bill_Paxton3-715x397Remembering Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton was one of those actors who was universally loved. Always a welcome presence in any film (or, indeed, TV show), a reliable character actor with strength, vulnerability and charm, but what made him… [more]

ODY-C QafNot All-Men: On the Subject of “He” in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C

When I last wrote on Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C in my article She Made Them in Their Image, I was attempting to focus on the Sebex – the third sex created in a… [more]

belfry_Review coverThe Belfry: A Nightmare Comic

Sometimes it’s interesting to read a comic that isn’t part of world-building or creating a complex, multi-layered world. To be sure: such complex comics are very welcome, and Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s Invisible Republic… [more]

Providence Robert Black's POVTraversing the Plateau of Leng: To Read is to Be Read in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence

“So much of this is made of books, this Commonplace book….” – Robert Black, Commonplace Book, June 5th, 1919, Providence #1, p. 32 This article is strange for a few reasons. First off, it’s about… [more]

riverdaleRiverdale’s Rips off Twin Peaks (Badly) and Normalizes Rapey Plotline

There’s a lot wrong with CW’s latest show, Riverdale. Let’s put aside the crazy clown red hair and pale faces of the murder victim Jason Blossom and Archie. Or the obvious invocations of past popular… [more]

Steven Universe GarnetSteven Universe: What is The Answer?

It’s funny how something called “The Answer” are two artistic and emotional pathways that ultimately lead to the same place. Then again, perhaps it is more accurate to say that it is quite fitting. In… [more]

kevin-smith-talks-clerks-3Kevin Smith’s Clerks III and Mallrats 2 Shelved – New Jay and Silent Bob Film Planned

Sometimes it’s interesting to learn about the limits of a creative person’s power, even over their own creations. We all know that George Lucas doesn’t own Star Wars anymore, for example, and technically, Disney can… [more]

steve-gerberSpotlight on Steve Gerber’s The Son of Satan

Marvel Comics in the 1970s were, to put it mildly, weird. Now, I mean that as a compliment. The dizzying array of subgenres that the publisher expanded into during the decade is impressive. Explosive creativity on… [more]