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trapezohedron“…And Providence Hesitates On The Very Cusp Of Another World Than This.” Rejection, Resolution and Revelation in Providence #9

“This stone, once exposed, exerted upon Blake an almost alarming fascination. He could scarcely tear his eyes from it, and as he looked at its glistening surfaces he almost fancied it was transparent, with half-formed… [more]

Medieval SpawnNeil Gaiman Defines the Spawnverse: Writers Writing Spawn, Part 2

Neil Gaiman decided to write an issue of Spawn. This single issue created plot-threads, new characters and a legal battle that none could ever believe. [more]

M_113_CreatureStar Trek Re-Watch, Episode 5 – “The Man Trap”

“The Man Trap” first aired fifty years ago tonight, and what a strange episode it is to launch what has become one of popular culture’s signposts: Star Trek. Viewed as part of our Star Trek… [more]

000063.1674.16192_YogaHosers_still1_HarleyQuinnSmith_LilyRoseDepp__byAllanAmato.0.0Kevin Smith Shakes Off the Critics of Yoga Hosers

Kevin Smith’s new film Yoga Hosers was given a limited release this past weekend (alas, it’s still not playing here in Vancouver), and so far the film is most notable for the singularly vitriolic reviews… [more]

tumblr_inline_o54vrc1zae1s0l5ze_540“Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps, Cross-eyed Mosquitoes and Bowlegged Ants…” Loving That Joker… But Which One?

I love The Joker. However I’m not oblivious to how problematic that kind of admiration can be. Recently I have had cause to reflect on this even more. Particularly in light of two things. The… [more]

Silver Streak - Gene Wilder - Richard PryorSilver Streak: When Wilder Met Pryor

The recent passing of Gene Wilder left a lot of people reeling, having lost yet another inspirational figure from our collective youth and popular culture experience. Wilder was a gentle, kind man by all accounts… [more]

250px-In_the_Shadow_of_No_Towers“Skyscrapers and Democratic Institutions”: Trauma and Politics in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers

15 years ago, the United States were attacked by al-Qaeda on a day that would have a lasting political, economical, and cultural impact on America and arguably the rest of the world. More than any… [more]

bluebeetle housead1986Blue Beetle and the Last Days of the Bronze Age

Discussions of DC Comics in the 1980s tend to focus on works like The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, and Crisis on Infinite Earths. That’s fitting, because all of these were game changers for the industry,… [more]

SDCC Cap statueI’m Just a Kid from the Lower East Side Brooklyn: Steve Rogers’s Shifting Working Class Background

Today Steve Rogers is branded as “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.” His class and geography marks him as much as his old-fashioned ideals and morals do. He is a man of the people, but… [more]

STRANGER-THINGS-netflix-clarkeMr Clarke from Stranger Things: The Importance of Experts

The pop cultural touchstone of the moment (or, at least, one of them) is the Netflix series Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers and currently drawing the appreciative fascination of the world. With its… [more]

Hellblazer 83 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 70

Issue #83 “The End of Rake at the Gates of Hell” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Endings are… [more]

southernbastards14 coverCongratulations to the 2016 Eisner Award Winners

Our series on the Eisner Awards was never meant to be predictive of who would win — quite the contrary, we were only trying to profile some of the nominated titles, because they’re all worth… [more]

hi.res cover.A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDSA Hundred Thousand Worlds: Fandom, Friendship, and Love

There are moments in Bob Proehl’s debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds that will affect readers even after finishing the book. These are bighearted yet subtle moments that stick with you, like when one of… [more]

C&D Marvel Age coverHunger and Longing: Growing Up with Cloak and Dagger

While I can’t remember exactly what happens in this comic book, the cover to Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #95 has long been burned into my memory. It’s cover dated October 1984 and I must have… [more]

ultharcats“Dreams, Writings And Our Outlandish Human Imaginings… They’re At The Very Heart Of It.” – Romantic Reflections On The Written Word In Providence #8

“ A blessed haze lies upon all this region, wherein is held a little more of the sunlight than other places hold, and a little more of the summer’s humming music of birds and bees;… [more]

hellblazer 82 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 69

Issue #82 “Rake at the Gates of Hell: Part Five” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Throughout their careers… [more]

James_Kirk's_evil_counterpartStar Trek Re-Watch, Episode 4 – “The Enemy Within”

“The Enemy Within” was the fifth episode filmed for Star Trek: The Original Series, and only the third after it was greenlit, but it’s the first Star Trek episode that truly feels like Star Trek.… [more]

Harcourt_Fenton_Mudd_2266Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 3 – “Mudd’s Women”

“Mudd’s Women” was one of the three original scripts considered by Desilu Productions as a pilot episode for Star Trek, which would have been an interesting choice to say the very least. The first episodes… [more]

Balok_puppetStar Trek Re-Watch, Episode 2: “The Corbomite Maneuver”

“The Corbomite Maneuver” does what a television pilot episode should do. It introduces the main characters and their relationships, gives them a threat that’s significant but not world-ending and provides lots of coverage of the… [more]

wherenomanhasgonebeforehd013Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 1: “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

“Where No Man Has Gone Before” is an important part of the building blocks of what we now know as Star Trek. Filmed mostly in the summer of 1965, this episode wasn’t aired until over… [more]

originalThe Great Star Trek Re-Watch: An Introduction

The argument hardly needs to be made that Star Trek should appear on the Mount Rushmore of not only science fiction, but world popular culture. Since arriving 50 years ago this year, it has become… [more]

hellblazer 81 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 68

Issue #81 “Rake at the Gates of Hell: Part Four” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Last we left… [more]

img4-632x480Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Twenty-Four : All Good Things

The consensus opinion among readers of John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate appears to be that this was “the story of a mass-shooter,” or words to that effect. But I think that I humbly —… [more]

img2-673x480Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Twenty-Three : Ka-Pow!

Well — hello again! An observant acquaintance on twitter recently remarked to me that he “hoped I’d get back to (my) ‘Portraits In Alienated British Youth’ series at some point,” and I had to make… [more]

hellblazer 80 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 67

Issue #80 “Rake at the Gates of Hell: Part Three” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; As we’ve seen… [more]