house2014-10-13-19h40m56s80Halloween Binge: House

First up in my flood of Halloween themed articles: the insane Japanese horror movie House . It’s got magic cats, cannibalism, and crazy hand drawn FX. [more]

lemora-posterCategorizing Vampire Movies

In their classic form, vampires are immortal, nonhuman beings who sustain themselves by drinking human blood.  Sometimes referred to as nosferatu or wurdalak, vampires are most often portrayed as “undead” individuals who have come back… [more]

77-genesis-the-lamb-lies-down-on-broadwayThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: A Progressive Rock Album about Progress

Genesis, a band that’s been around longer than Crosby, Stills and Nash and has produced three times as many albums, is now enjoying a period of historical renovation. The recent documentary “Together and Apart” (that’s… [more]

from Mark Millar's Swamp Thing“About Sixty Per Cent Happy”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 38

Continued from last week. The rest of Millar’s Swamp Thing tales shared the same weaknesses as River Run, although they only intermittently reflected the same strengths. The likes of Twilight of The Gods and Chester… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #4: Civil War, the Musical

It’s a busy post NYCC season as Shawn and Tom make their through a heap of news and declarations: new Marvel Comics events, the cancellation of the Fantastic Four, Vertigo’s expended line, Captain America 3 rumors, and… [more]

GAMERA-INTENSIFIESThe Movie With a Million Titles: Gamera vs. Jiger

Validate me, watch along and let me know what you thought:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yISxIM1EJZs My least favourite Gamera movie was Gamera vs. Barugon. The second Gamera movie ever made and the first to feature an opposing kaiju.… [more]

The NewsroomHow to Talk Like a Smart Person in 6 Easy Steps: Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom

Last year, while re-reading Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, I was amused by the references to “smart drinks,” a popular ‘90s fad of high-powered, supplement-infused juices said to stimulate brain activity.  While I never tried one… [more]

tuskposter1Kevin Smith’s Tusk: Chasing Whimsy

One of my oldest and dearest friends and I went to see Kevin Smith’s Tusk last week and his (unfavourable) description of the film is that it’s “pointless”. I think he speaks for a lot… [more]

Kiss ElderReview of Kiss’s Music From “The Elder”

While I was searching my brain this week, trying to think of a suitable concept album to review, a curious bit of trivia surfaced without warning: I suddenly remembered that Kiss had released a concept… [more]

Batgirl 035Hipster in Gotham: A Review of Batgirl #35

One of the biggest problems with a character like Batgirl is that she can’t grow up. Since DC Comics already has a Batwoman, it’s not like Batgirl can graduate and mature. Due to the nature… [more]

the fly2014-10-03-13h44m26s198Subtly Problematic Script Structure: The Fly

There is something about David Cronenberg’s The Fly that didn’t quite sit with me perfectly. The über respected Canadian horror director’s seminal body-horror movie isn’t bad, far from it in fact. Instead the fact that… [more]

willow-creekIt’s Bobcat vs. Bigfoot in Willow Creek

If you’d have told me, say, ten years ago that the annoying comedian best known for doing the voice of that stupid rabbit puppet on a third-rate Married With Children knock-off sitcom would develop into one… [more]

maxresdefault-1“For the Man Who Has Everything”: The Animated Adaptation

Getting Alan Moore to approve of an adaptation is like… getting Alan Moore to approve of an adaptation. So, it’s very interesting to hear that the 2006 WB Animation adaptation of “For the Man Who… [more]

the-flash-fastest-man-aliveA Couple of Speed Bumps: The Flash “Fastest Man Alive” Review

Just about any second episode of a television series is going to repeat the pilot and its story beats to some extent. Now that the series is getting down to the business of actually being… [more]

arrowStraight Shooting: Arrow Season 3 Episode 1 Review

Partial spoilers ahead: The problems with happy endings in the middle of a TV series are that they must, by the very nature of storytelling, be undone. Arrow’s second season ended with just such a… [more]

sexcriminals_08Sex Criminals #8: “You Have Issues.”

The Sex Criminals have issues, probably more than the number of issues already… issued. That’s what has come front and centre in the last couple of editions of Sex Criminals, and the time that Suzy… [more]

Guiron_InsidesSpace Cannibals and Guillermo del Toro: On Gamera vs. Guiron

The influence behind Knifehead. And a whole bunch of nonsense in this surprisingly violent entry in the Gamera series. [more]

flutter coverSweet Moments, Dark Reveals in Flutter, Volume 1 by Jennie Wood

Flutter Volume 1, “Hell Can Wait” Writer -  Jennie Wood Artist -  Jeff McComsey 215 Ink Philly Small Press I was introduced to Flutter while working the Small Press section at San Diego Comic Con.… [more]

IM000425.JPGConversations with Creators: Kevin Rubio

Conversations with Creators is a collaborative interview series designed to understand the processes and inner workings of the artist, their creations, and how their work impacts the comic booking industry. Each meeting is candid and… [more]

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek ComicsNew Life and New Civilizations is Available for Order by Comics Shops

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, edited by Joseph F. Berenato, is now available for order through Diamond Comics Distributors. New Life and New Civilizations is listed in the book section of… [more]

harlan_typeHarlan Ellison Recovering from Stroke

Many Sequart readers are fans of the work of the science fiction master Harlan Ellison. Many also know that last week Ellison suffered a major stroke, paralyzing his right arm and leg. For those concerned… [more]

from Swamp Thing #158, by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“So Many Questions are Left Unanswered”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 39

Continued from last week. For the third time in ten months, Millar’s Swamp Thing had presented abortion in a wholly negative light. Nothing that he’d write in the remainder of his tenure on the book… [more]

harvey_pekar ripHappy 75th Birthday, Harvey Pekar

Last week, the date of Harvey Pekar’s birth (October 8) passed again, for the fourth time since his death in 2010. This time, it would have been Pekar’s 75th birthday and many admirers, friends and… [more]

Photo by Do615Obsession and Superhero Movies: Scenes from a Comics Convention, Part 2

If you read last week’s column, you know that I recently attended the second annual Nashville Comic Con.  This week, I’d like to talk about one of the panels that made a particular impression on… [more]

viras2014-10-01-13h34m26s85Boy Scouts and Tentacles: Gamera vs. the Space Monster Viras

Pointy squids. Giant turtles. Precocious Boy Scouts. A complete lack of budget. Way to much recycled footage. This movie is an experience. [more]