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MinillaGiant Bugs, Children, and Hibernation: On Son of Godzilla

After Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, Toho decided to task Jun Fukuda and his crew with making another Godzilla movie set in the South Pacific. This one would capitalize on the trendy location in a… [more]

ultronWhy Avengers: Age of Ultron is One of the Best Marvel Movies Yet

The first Avengers movie was magical. It’s almost indisputable at this point. The less analytical got a joyous and brilliant popcorn movie that featured big stars and entertaining and loved characters bouncing off one another.… [more]

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, coverBonnie and Clyde … and The Cat in the Hat?

It’s funny what can happen to your mind when you’re bored.  Recently, I saw a play at a local children’s theater and I had every reason to believe the play would be great.  It’s a… [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 30

Issue #37-38 “Man’s Work” & ”Boy’s Play” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Steve Pugh Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Ideological conflict has played a large role in Jamie Delano’s run on Hellblazer.… [more]

the-other-side-of-the-wind1The Other Side of the Wind: Orson’s Last Stand

Few films would have been as knowing, satirical, poetic and ahead of their time as Orson Welles’ last famous “unfinished” film of the 1970s, The Other Side of the Wind. In one of the great… [more]

avengers-for-fbx-largeHow The Avengers Became the Center of the Marvel Universe

From 1961 to 1965, in a white-hot blaze of publisher demand and creativity, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr. and others hammered out the entire Marvel Universe. In the process, they made… [more]

thumbDeconstruction of Male Duality in American Comic Books: Robert Kirkman’s Invincible

***Editors Note: Following articles contains graphic imagery originally featured in Invincible #110. According to Judith Butler, gender is not a static, stable, and “natural” condition someone is born with, but rather a socially constructed concept… [more]

EHOTD_-_Man_Sees_Godzilla_and_Ebirah_BattleGodzilla’s Heartbeat: Sea Monsters, Chameleons, and a New Team for Toho

Cancer. The Crab is said to have been put among the stars by the favour of Hera, because, when Hercules had stood firm against the Lernaean Hydra, it had snapped at his foot from the swamp. Hercules, enraged at this, had killed it, and Hera put it among the constellations. [more]

2939564“I Just Don’t Like Bullies”: Joss Whedon’s Interpretation of Captain America

2012 was inarguably Joss Whedon’s biggest year ever. Not only did he take center stage of a sold-out ravishing audience at the 10th anniversary Firefly reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con, have his micro-budget adaptation… [more]

swithins41Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Five: Aim For The Head (Of State)

The fourth and final installment—this time un-numbered, as we’re through counting down to the day and find ourselves at it—of St. Swithin’s Day begins with the most painfully obvious line you could imagine: “today’s the… [more]

thumbSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 29

Issues #34-36 The Dead Boy’s Heart Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Sean Phillips Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Demons are everywhere within Hellblazer. It’s commonplace that we see John Constantine staring down… [more]

Angel4Buffy, Angel, and the Guidebook to Growing Up, Part 2

“I had my throat cut and all my friends abandoned me.” If Buffy was teaching us how to survive, then Angel taught us how to provide. Buffy took us from high school to college; Angel… [more]

a-f-for-fakeOrson Welles at 100: Five Films to Get You Started

Orson Welles would have been 100 years old today, and there are celebrations, conferences and screenings happening all year long to celebrate the life and work of this giant of the American cinema. We’ve written… [more]

Sanda_vs._GairaIf I Cannot Inspire Love, I Will Cause Fear: More Frankesteins and Flying Turtles

” The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.” [more]

6a00c2252476ab8fdb00c22526288d549d-500piBuffy, Angel, and the Guidebook to Growing Up, Part 1

“It’s hard and it’s painful and it’s every day.” For those of us that grew up watching these two shows, consciously or not, we learned life lessons from them. Over the course of twelve seasons… [more]