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Buffy1bCelebrating the 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Twenty years ago, the landscape of television, drama and popular culture changed with the debut of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon. Looking back at the first shaky season of what was then… [more]

verhoeven1Multiple Realities: The Hollywood Films of Paul Verhoeven

After making a name for himself in the Netherlands, Paul Verhoeven moved to Hollywood in the 1980s to work on American films. From that period through the 1990s Verhoeven directed a series of movies across… [more]

XXXX: Women in Horror, Horror in the Family

I will admit, I’ve been waiting for this film. Until fairly recently, I used to write for another online magazine that, in its last incarnation, was called GeekPr0n. I spent some years covering various comics,… [more]

The Power of The Dark Crystal CoverWhat is The Power of The Dark Crystal?

Back in 2013, it was my intention to participate in what was called the Gelfing Gathering Author Quest: a contest in which the Jim Henson Company along with Grosset & Dunlap would chose a writer… [more]

Wolverine- Old Man Logan (2008) (Digital TPB) (Zone-Empire).cbr - Page 2A Look at Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan

Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan is a bold, gripping adventure comic set against a western-style post-apocalyptic background featuring once-mighty heroes clinging to the last vestiges of their former glory. It makes Chris Claremont’s Days of Future Past… [more]

ODY-C He ReadsWrestling With the Cycle: Not All Men and “He” in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C

In Part I of this article, “Not All-Men: On the Subject of “He” in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C,” we looked at the presence and purpose of men and male characters in an almost… [more]

Bill_Paxton3-715x397Remembering Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton was one of those actors who was universally loved. Always a welcome presence in any film (or, indeed, TV show), a reliable character actor with strength, vulnerability and charm, but what made him… [more]

ODY-C QafNot All-Men: On the Subject of “He” in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C

When I last wrote on Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C in my article She Made Them in Their Image, I was attempting to focus on the Sebex – the third sex created in a… [more]

Providence Robert Black's POVTraversing the Plateau of Leng: To Read is to Be Read in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence

“So much of this is made of books, this Commonplace book….” – Robert Black, Commonplace Book, June 5th, 1919, Providence #1, p. 32 This article is strange for a few reasons. First off, it’s about… [more]

Steven Universe GarnetSteven Universe: What is The Answer?

It’s funny how something called “The Answer” are two artistic and emotional pathways that ultimately lead to the same place. Then again, perhaps it is more accurate to say that it is quite fitting. In… [more]

steve-gerberSpotlight on Steve Gerber’s The Son of Satan

Marvel Comics in the 1970s were, to put it mildly, weird. Now, I mean that as a compliment. The dizzying array of subgenres that the publisher expanded into during the decade is impressive. Explosive creativity on… [more]

Love is Love BatwomanMad Love Meet Love is Love

A little while, I had the excuse to revisit the 1988 comics anthology AARGH! Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia in light of more recent political events. In my article AARGH! RESIST! A Retrospective and a… [more]

avatars-000207112701-8nizk7-t500x500Celebrate Smodcast’s 10th Birthday with the Saga of Emo Kev

Every now and then, an artist happens onto that happy accident of inspiration, industry and style and creates something absolutely perfect. I’m sure when Kevin Smith started recording his “Smodcast” podcasts ten years ago today,… [more]

D-Day Dodgers 3Until the End of the World – A Guide to Garth Ennis’s Comics: Hard Men with Big Guns

Talking about Garth Ennis’ comics means talking about war. Whether he’s writing about telepathic contract killers or monumentally depraved superheroes, odds of encountering a story arc set during World War II or the Vietnam War… [more]

Providence Geekery shrunkDown A Dark Path of Bibliomancy – The Necronomicon in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence, Part 2

In Part I of “Down A Dark Path of Bibliomancy: The Necronomicon in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence” we looked at how Alan Moore incorporated and reinterpreted H.P. Lovecraft’s “History of the Necronomicon” and… [more]

Providence Book Creator Torn ApartDown A Dark Path of Bibliomancy: The Necronomicon in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence, Part 1

“My own rule is that no weird story can truly produce terror unless it is devised with all the care and verisimilitude of an actual hoax.” – H.P. Lovecraft to Clark Ashton Smith (17 October… [more]

Providence CoverWatching a Serial of Strange Aeons: Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence

A lot of people, and I do mean a lot of people, are writing about Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence and have been for quite some time. You can look at Joe Linton, Robert… [more]

StevenA Myth of Love and Metals: Gem Fusion in Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe

“So we thought, why don’t we all marry each other?” “Ta-da!” “And if that’s not human enough for you, we throw in a little being born and some dying …” “We’re very sorry for your… [more]

Undertale It’s MeThe Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, Part 2

In Part I of The Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, we focused on some of the game’s background, its medium and genre tropes, and began the process of illustrating… [more]

Doom 4Doomsday, the 90′s, and Comic Book Innocence

Superman dies in Lois’ arms in the denouement of “Superman” no. 75 (1992) by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding. Source: https://comicbookclog.com/2015/06/05/comic-book-classics-revisited-the-death-of-superman-part-7/ The fall For a brief moment in the autumn of 1992, the Doomsday monster had… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: Modern Times

In “Modern Times” we don’t get any answers to the previous chapter, or even new questions about the things that we already know. One hazard in writing these “reader impressions” of mine for each chapter… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: X Marks the Spot

A lot of events occurred in Jerusalem’s “Rough Sleepers” chapter. Moore’s nature of time, at least with regards to Northampton and the Burroughs had been revealed as eternalism: as space and time existing simultaneously in… [more]

dora5A Look at the Brazilian Comic Dora

Dora, by Brazilian wonder Bianca Pinheiro, is not yet available in English  (if Pinheiro keeps growing, in about 15 years Fantagraphics or Drawn & Quarterly will print it in a big book called “Bianca Pinheiro:… [more]

Subby 4The Brilliance of Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner, Marvel’s Superman

Bill Everett tribute for Marvel’s 75th and Daredevil’s 50th anniversaries (2014) by Stephen Sonneveld, featuring William Blake’s “The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea” (1805-1810) Bill Everett was an expert storyteller, whose… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: Rough Sleepers

I didn’t know what to make of this chapter at first. To be honest, it’d been a while since I’d read Jerusalem after taking time to undertake some other projects. Certainly the preceding chapter “ASBOs… [more]