Kevin Thurman

Kevin Thurman is a writer based in Chicago. He blogs about comics, life, and music at errantghost.tumblr.com.

BOOKS AND MOVIES BY KEVIN THURMAN

Warren Ellis: The Captured Ghosts Interviews

Warren Ellis: The Captured Ghosts Interviews (co-author)

Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization

Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization (co-author)

Shot in the Face: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Transmetropolitan

Shot in the Face: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Transmetropolitan (contributor)

The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil

The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil (contributor)

a feature-length documentary film on celebrated comics writer Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts (creative consultant)

Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide

Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide (contributor)

MAGAZINE CONTENT BY KEVIN THURMAN (34 TOTAL)

Saturday-1st-Ms-Marvel-Kamala-Khan-2The Tribes of Fans: How Tribalism is Pulling Comics in the Wrong Direction

We have reached an interesting (and exciting) point in comics history.  For the first time in, well, ever, women are almost neck in neck for comic book readership.  This year there was even market research… [more]

twisted-dark-volume-1Twisted Dark #1: A Long Days Journey Into Personal Hells

Twisted Dark is a haunting collection of 12 stories, all with a spin on darker subjects.  No super powers.  No aliens.  No trans-dimensional beings.  Neil Gibson and the artists (each story has a different artist)… [more]

cap america 2On Your Left: A Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

ALERT: THERE BE SPOILERS HERE!! Let me be upfront: The Avengers is a fantastic movie. It is. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out.  But, it really missed an emotional core that left… [more]

dont rapeStop Sexually Assaulting Women at Cons!

Convention season has become a really sad time for me. What was once a fun, light gathering of comics fans has become a Bingo card of sexual assault. Women of a sadly growing number are… [more]

cbCowboy Bebop, Coolness, and Genre Mash-ups

There is an endless number of reasons to love Cowboy Bebop. This kung-fu, detective, sci-fi, crime, honky-tonk tinged mashed-upped masterpiece is cooler than any of us. Not because it wears the clothing of those genres,… [more]

shinjiMy Body is a Cage: Evangelions, AT Fields, and Hedgehogs

My body is a cage that keeps me From dancing with the one I love But my mind holds the key – My Body is a Cage, The Arcade Fire Talking about the soul is… [more]

AkiraThe Noise They Make: Akira and the Bosozoku

Akira is an odd film.  Some like to believe it a riddle that if you can just get a crowbar into, you might crack it open and spill it’s meaningful contents.  And while it is… [more]

AvengersHickmanA Smarter World: Hickman’s Avengers #1-3

Judging a long form story based on a small glimmer of it month to month doesn’t make much sense.  You can judge a cake from a slice, but this isn’t cake!  Stories trace trajectories.  … [more]

Ghost Town 2 coverFinding Lost Things: Ghost Town #2

Ryan Lindsay is setting out to be the new name in crime comics. You might recognize his name as editor for the Sequart book The Devil is in the Details, which was all about the… [more]

01The Fire of Youth: Rachael Smith’s I am Fire

Rachael Smith is an exemplary cartoonist.  After her first book, The Way We Write, it was easy to see she was talented, but Rachael Smith is becoming a creator to watch. In a world of… [more]

The Way We Write coverThe Way We Write – A Review

The Way We Write by Rachael Smith centers on the actual band Her Name is Calla from England.  Unfamiliar with the music, I researched the band and found the music to be dense, atmospheric, and… [more]

Happy-Zone-000Happy! #1 Review — with Exclusive Content

Much has already said about the new series Happy! by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. It’s a bit removed from Morrison’s recent comic work, coming off as far darker and sinister than his Action Comics… [more]

bode headThe Evolving Symmetry of Locke and Key

If there is one thing just brutally asymmetrical to the series Locke and Key is how overwhelmingly overlooked it is.

Daredevil-10The Art of the Cover: Paolo Rivera’s Daredevil Covers

The covers to most comics are a mixed bag. There are some that look so atrocious they would make Warren Ellis puke up his Red Bulls and shepherd’s pies. The cover, after all, is just… [more]

Frank-Miller1Who Needs Killing?: Frank Miller and Blanket Morality

Each day we get closer to having to admit that some of our heroes have views we disagree with. Some views we might even call nuts. Sure, we might love our heroes to be a… [more]

bookcover_tempeModeration: Malkasian’s Temperance

There are few works out there like Cathy Malkasian’s Temperance. A wild story about a town held together by fear of an invading, unnamed, enemy army. Blessedbowl, the society formed around this central lie/plot, is… [more]

rack1Perishable: How Monthlies Can Warp Our Perspectives

Talking about monthly comics vs the graphic novel is not revolutionary by any stretch. At this point we have heard from damn near every creator about which is preferred: the monthly comic or the graphic… [more]

2022547-2022359_wolverineandthexmen_1_teaserheadmasterWolverine, Loner / Conformist

Always a fan favorite, Wolverine is a character that is in no fear of falling out of the public eye. It seems like every time a team book is pitched or a major event hatched… [more]

lolita0Picnic, Lightning: Panel Economy as Art

More is better. This seems to be a mantra reverberating through Western culture, finding its way even into comic books. But this is nothing new. Most readers will be more than a little acquainted with… [more]

the-new-52Have We Isolated Ourselves?

Every so often we get a good comics scandal involving a creator and random fan bickering across the internet. Seemingly within days it, has sent ripples across the comics world. Jack Creator and Ralph the… [more]

BatwomanThe Twice-Named: Batwoman and the Use of Space

Comics are often rigorous in their use of panels and page space. The shape the content takes through its panels has changed drastically through out the years, but a certain economic theory of panels has… [more]

Deathstroke #1 - Page 1Back to Basics: Deathstroke and the Unintentional Satire

Satires can often times be complicated affairs. Every nuance and hiccup is pondered for its dual meanings. But not all satires are like carnival mirrors, some are accidental and in a manner more revealing than… [more]

The Living and the Dead - Page 1Something to Dream About: Jason’s The Living and the Dead

Somewhere in your comic shop there is a small section left orphaned.  It sits alone, dying like the character Cerebus was fated to: unloved, unmourned and alone.  This is the section that is often scary… [more]

xmen_schism_teaser-592x900Through a Siege Perilous: Rebooting the X-Men, Again

Much like any super-hero team around for 50 years, you eventually run out of stories to tell. Especially with a property like the X-Men, you can only tell the persecution story so many years before… [more]

images (1)Exposing Triple-D Tits: Sexuality and the Comic Book

There is no limit to what can be said about sex. Such a simple, almost industrial an act, yet mind boggling broad in its implications. The wealth of films, TV shows, and countless songs about… [more]

Speedy on HeroinLoud Sounds and Bright Lights: Comic Books and the Addict

I hate the new Justice League. Let me be emphatic on this point: I loathe the new Justice League. I realize to a few this may seem a bit dramatic. After all, isn’t this book exactly what… [more]

front imageSuperman is a Sex-Crazed Nazi!

I’m astounded. We shouldn’t even be having this conversation. Yet here we are.  Racist tweets by comic shops, Glenn Beck talking about Spider-Man and the change of traditions, and a “radical” Superman. What the hell… [more]

reaction to jokeLight Can’t be Translated: Alan Moore and the Green Lanterns as Colonizing Force

Is there anything more intensive and fundamental to learning a language than vocabulary? Of course not. To learn how to use language without vocabulary is like learning to play hockey with out a puck, stick,… [more]

For a better futureConfined Spaces: Morning Glories and the Escape from Cynicism

It is not hyperbole to say cynicism has become a problem. It would also not be over dramatic to say the problem has ballooned into great proportions with each passing generation. While there are plenty… [more]

Batman #655 - Page 3Vulnerable, Disabled Children: Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, and Inspirational Super-Heroes

The Joker laughs manically as he holds Batman, supposedly dead. Despite the large amount of blood on the weapon and on Batman, this isn’t even the shocking part.

Yellowjacket 001All Things Must Pass: How Comic Books Can Never Grow Up

You and me, we are getting old. I know. It does suck.

kill itThe Die is Cast: Cyclops Crosses the Rubicon

Cyclops of the X-Men is a wet blanket. He whines about the responsibility he shoulders and is perpetually miserable about the life he is thrust into. His personality is more that of a bad manager… [more]

NekronHeroes Crying at Graveyards: Transforming Killing into Kidnapping in Blackest Night

Death can often be tragic, if not inexplicable. The sixteen year old in peak physical shape who dies of a coronary on the field. A mom crossing the street, struck down by falling debris from… [more]

WizardWorld Chicago 2007WizardWorld Chicago ’07: How They Made a World

Father’s Day is a sacred date when fathers can suspend their tool belts on racks and kick up their feet. It is a celebration, and a thank you, for all the things our fathers do… [more]

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