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The Spire 01 (of 08) (2015) (digital) (Minutemen-Faessla).cbz - Page 1A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 5 – The Spire

The Spire is a comic that’s overflowing with creative ideas, determined to build its own rich fantasy world and completely heedless of any limits or restrictions in terms of genre. Some comics blend genres, but… [more]

Patti+Smith+sings+1979+at+the+Milwaukee+AuditoriumThe Music of Defiance: Thoughts on Early American Punk Rock

“To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.” — Patti Smith “To me, punk is about being… [more]

9781611801972A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 4 – The Faceless Ghost, and Other Macabre Tales from Japan

If there’s anything at all to old cliche that to understand someone, you must know what they fear and what they desire, then reading ghost stories from a different culture must qualify as some sort… [more]

Lady Killer 01 (of 05) (2015) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr - Page 1A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 3 – Lady Killer

The title of Lady Killer, by Joelle Jones and available from Dark Horse Comics, sort of says it all. This is a comic about Josie Schuller, a killer who stabs, punches, kicks and spins without… [more]

Image taken from Wikipedia. 2016Superweapons vs. Supervoices: What the Beliefs and Opinions of Super-Villains Are Telling Us About the Present Day

To hell with negotiations, most want to see a good blow’em-up story: the Death Star, Starkiller Base, the Red Matter from the famed Star Trek reboot, and GORT from legendary The Day the Earth Stood… [more]

Paper Girls 001 (2015) (digital) (Minutemen-Faessla).cbz - Page 1A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 2 – Paper Girls

Another contender for the 2016 Eisner Award for Best New Series is Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, from Image Comics. By now we’ve come to expect great things from the creator… [more]

Harrow County v01 - Countless Haints (2015) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr - Page 6A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 1 – Harrow County

The nominees for the 2016 Eisner Awards were recently announced, and as always, the list of nominees provides a serviceable list of some of the best comics currently in circulation, regardless of which ones actually… [more]

BCS_210_UC_1026_0154-RT.0Better Call Saul Season Two Finale: Blind Spots

It would be so easy, as season two of Better Call Saul comes to an end, to be angry with Chuck McGill. But that would be like getting angry at a snake when it bites… [more]

Hellblazer #68 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 57

Issues #68-69 “Down All the Days” and “Rough Trade” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Depression is defined as… [more]

better_call_saul_2-9Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 9: Consequences

“Consequences” is the big theme of this, the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul’s second season. We don’t often mention the creators’ names (and frankly I also ignore media from the creators of this show,… [more]

Bob-Odenkirk-as-Saul-in-Breaking-BadLooking Back at the First Appearance of Saul Goodman

Way back in season two of Breaking Bad, in April of 2009 to be precise, we were introduced to a new character named “Saul Goodman” in an episode with the catchy title “Better Call Saul”.… [more]

Hellblazer #67 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 56

Issue #67 “Dear John”1 Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Todd Klein; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Life is filled with pain. To deny that would… [more]

Better-Call-Saul-FeatureBetter Call Saul, Season 2, Episode 8: Out of the Comfort Zone

This latest episode of Better Call Saul is easily the series’ most cinematic. There are some plot developments here, but not many. There’s dialogue, but not too much, and there could have been much more.… [more]

Hellblazer #66 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 55

Issue #66 “Fear and Loathing Part Three: Down to Earth” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Fear and Loathing is very much the… [more]

Jimmy-SuitsBetter Call Saul Season 2, Episode 7: Parallel Lines

There’s no point in me doing this if I can’t be myself. Every time I try to do things someone else’s way, it blows up in my face. I’ve been trying to be the person… [more]

Image1Science Fiction Elements of Infinite Jest: Part 2, Giant Feral Hamsters and Infants

A worldwide reread of the greatest novel ever written, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, is currently underway, celebrating twenty years since its first publication. “Infinite Winter” began January 31; readers consume about 75 pages per… [more]

cdn.indiewire.psdopsBetter Call Saul Season 2, Episode 6: Changing Masks

Though it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test (there are too few female characters to meet that very specific bar), Better Call Saul is, in its way, a very feminist show. Not just because there’s a… [more]

Hellblazer #65 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 54

Issue #65 “Fear and Loathing Part Two: London Kills Me” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; By know the inevitability of John Constantine’s… [more]

Shining book coverReturning to the Overlook: A Kubrick Fan Finally Reads The Shining

When I was in college, fancying myself a budding film nerd, I began deep diving into the canon of essential films, and in my mind none were more essential or important than those of Stanley… [more]

better_call_saul_2-5Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 5: Shifting Sands

It’s something of an understatement to call Better Call Saul a subtle show, but the label fits. Few American TV shows have had the boldness to fold their dramatic tension into small character moments, revelations… [more]

Hellblazer #64 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 53

Issue #64 “Fear and Loathing Part One: For God and Country” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Although overly cynical there is some… [more]

maxresdefaultEnergy and Environmental Conservation Took the Stage with Leo’s Oscar Win

On a night packed to the brim with the brightest stars in the Hollywood universe, none of them shone brighter than Leonardo DiCaprio. After two decades and four near-misses, the film icon finally reeled in… [more]

MSDPAPE EC004I Keep Talking Louder Because You Haven’t Heard: Appreciating The Paper

[NOTE: The following is something I worked on sporadically for a while, as a way to understand more about how I work inside a relationship (any relationship, generally, but with my wife, specifically). Only then… [more]

0115prettyinpink01I Just Want Them to Know That They Didn’t Break Me: Pretty in Pink Thirty Years On

Pretty in Pink turns thirty this year. Written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the film stars Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, John Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts, and Harry Dean Stanton. It would… [more]

Hellblazer #63 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 52

Issue #63 “Forty” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; As discussed in prior installments of this column, Hellblazer was one of the few… [more]