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articlethimbCan You Read The Raven’s Speech: Multiversity Mastermen #1 Splendour Falls

Firstly, dear reader, my apologies for the delay. This write up has been one of the toughest but also one of the most enjoyable thus far. The more I reread Mastermen the more I realize… [more]

Chico-Groucho-Harpo-Marx-2The Marx Brothers as Guardian Angels—Part 3: Harpo’s Magical Turn in Love Happy

Harpo himself wrote the storyline for the final Marx Brothers film, Love Happy, which features Groucho as narrating detective Sam Grunion and characterizes Harpo and Chico (a.k.a. Faustino the Great) as nearly supernatural figures. While… [more]

UnknownFive Historical Figures Who Deserve a Comic Book

Before we even start with this topic, we should probably clarify that this is call for biographical comics, not films. In recent years, after studying both media, I’ve developed a theory that dramatic biography is… [more]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 21

Issue 24 “The Family Man” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Ron Tiner Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Tom Frame Cover: Dave McKean Being a supernatural horror comic, it is only natural that Constantine would encounter demons, ghosts,… [more]

gojiraBaptized in the Fires of the H-Bomb: Eiji Tsuburaya, Godzilla, and the Birth of Kaiju

With my eleven Gamera movies watched and reviewed and the last outlier on its way I decided it was time to delve into more kaiju films, specifically as many of them, in chronological order, as… [more]

tumblr_ncdyjiWa591rg2hh5o1_1280Michel Fiffe’s Copra: The Most Well-Known Secret in Comics

Copra is the most well-known secret in comics. Everyone seems to know its name, one repeatedly shouted from digital rooftops in choruses of “all hail!” by ardent fans and critics alike, and it’s a roar… [more]

Harpo fights evil with a hammerThe Marx Brothers as Guardian Angels—Part 2: Chico Helps Fellow Poor Kids From Brooklyn

A Day at the Races was one of the most dramatically satisfying Marx Brothers films to feature a financially strapped romantic couple. However, it was not the only one to get the storytelling formula right.… [more]

Zee TV of India’s promotional shot for Maha Rakshak Aryan. The Hindi text says: “Starting November 1. Fri-Sun 7 pm.”Superhero Fever Strikes India: Maharakshak Aryan on Zee TV

You can hardly swing an unconscious henchman without hitting a superhero in American popular culture these days. Solo and in teams, superheroes dominate our comics and movies; they’re making rapid inroads on television too, on… [more]

The Sculptor by Scott McCloudTracing Some of the Roots of Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, Part 1

In the midst of this very Postmodern setting, The Sculptor winds up echoing some very old legends with roots tracing back through 19th century Germany, 16th century England, and 1st century Rome. [more]

star-trekHarve Bennett Left His Mark on Star Trek

This has been a tough time for us Star Trek fans. Not only did we lose Leonard Nimoy, we lost Harve Bennett, one of the important creative personalities behind Trek in the 1980s. It should be… [more]

Escape from Tomorrow posterOn Escape from Tomorrow

If you’re going to launch your film career, shooting a wild movie at Disney World without permission isn’t a bad idea. That’s what first-time director Randy Moore’s Escape from Tomorrow (2013) is most known for.  It’s… [more]

IMG-02The Only Part I’ll Remember: The Dream States in Charles Burns’ X’ed Out Trilogy and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil

This article will attempt to explore of some of the obvious and not so obvious similarities of the dream imagery that appears in both the X’ed Out trilogy and Brazil and what that imagery represents.… [more]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 20

Issue #23 “Larger Than Life” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Dean Motter, Ron Tiner Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean Without a doubt, the most memorable aspect of fiction are the characters—figures that… [more]

the hitSpotlighting Underrated Films: The Hit (1986)

Boy, do I love the poster for the Stephen Frears film The Hit. It looks like a super-cool 80s noir and it sports the wonderful tag line: “Even bad guys have bad days.” Now, the… [more]

coverMud, Myth, and Metaphor in Matt Phelan’s Storm in the Barn

An exploration of narrative therapy and myth-making in Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn, a beautiful graphic novella about a young boy who’s getting older but not growing up in the terribly bleak conditions of the Dust Bowl. [more]

sadfOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed and Reconstructed, Part Fifteen

Sometimes, friends, it seems like OMAC is a comic that can’t win no matter how hard it tries. Fans of Jack Kirby’s original eight-issue run didn’t like how it ended, while readers who weren’t fans… [more]

Leonard Nimoy, from Amok TimeIn Search of the Early Leonard Nimoy: Kid Monk Baroni, The Balcony, and Deathwatch

Like the rest of the world that could only see him as the logical Mr. Spock, I had typecast him, but in my case I had done so in a way that was doubly wrong. Not only had I misread Spock, but I had misread Nimoy as well. [more]

article thumb“I’m Making Dream Art”: Further Thoughts on Nameless #1

There are at least two ways to write Lovecraftian horror. One is to take the various elements of the Cthulhu mythos and tell your own story within that framework. Another way is to use various… [more]

12512207Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Fourteen

After the original OMAC series ended with a literal—if too-goddamn-tidy-for-its-own-good—bang in 1975, all was quiet in “The World That’s Coming!” for a couple of years, but one should never underestimate DC’s ability to milk a… [more]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 19

Issue #21 “The God of All Gods” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Mark Buckingham, Alfredo Alcala Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean Continuing directly from the previous issue, “The God of All Gods”… [more]

300The Frank Miller & Alan Moore Adaptations

As we near the climax of comparing Miller and Moore it’s worth talking about the adaptations. Is there any good adaptation of Alan Moore’s work? Is there a bad adaptation of Miller’s work? [more]

marx-brothers-the-harpo-groucho-everettThe Marx Brothers as Guardian Angels of Young Lovers in Jeopardy–Part 1

Harpo! When did you seem like an angel the last time? And played the grey harp of gold? -Jack Kerouac, ”To Harpo Marx” Are the Marx Brothers believable guardian angels? It may be difficult to… [more]

omac-jack-kirby-scans039Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Thirteen

It’s panic time! When last we left “The World That’s Coming!,” OMAC had reverted to the form of his human alter-ego, Buddy Blank, who had no knowledge of where he was or how he got… [more]

Copyright_symbol_9Japan’s Copyright Crusade: Six Months Along

About six months ago I wrote here on Sequart about the new enforcement of copyright laws in Japan. Since that time their efforts have had some chance to play out in the real world and… [more]

Death of the JokerBatman #1—The Ultimate Batman Comic

Batman’s co-creator Bill Finger crafted in 32 pages every single tone and approach to his character that would follow in 75 years. Batman #1 is the single greatest Batman comic ever produced. [more]