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coverBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Ghost Rider Annual Volume 1 #2

On Christmas Day 2013, my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was… [more]

Monkey D Luffy and the Strawhat Pirates of One PieceJapan’s “New” Anti-Piracy Campaign for Anime and Manga

There has been much discussion of a newly enforced law in Japan regarding online piracy. A-Kon, for which I run various programs, and most other anime conventions do not permit bootlegging at events and internet… [more]

Marlon Brando WritingMarlon Brando and the Problems with Collective Cartooning

In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud defines the act of cartooning as “amplification through simplification.”  In other words, a cartoon ignores most of the details, focusing instead on only one or two key components.  In the… [more]

1Only Humanoid: The Jodorowsky Paradox, Part 1

The Incal Writer: Alexandro Jodorowsky Artist: Jean Giraud Watching Jodorowsky’s Dune (an excellent documentary about the never completed adaptation of the Science Fiction classic into film) I was struck by how good it appears to… [more]

planet-of-the-apesSo Long and Thanks for all the Apes

I just had to write a fitting send-off to the Planet of the Apes series. I recap, rank, and reminisce these wonderful films. I also do that for the duds. But lets focus on the wonderful aspect. [more]

Nexus #32 CoverBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Nexus #32

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

articlethumb“Up Onto The Overturned Keel Clamber, With A Heart Of Steel…”: The History Channel’s Vikings and Hyperreal Heathenry

The French postmodern philosopher Baudrillard I believe would have found the History channel’s Vikings to be very interesting. Particularly in light of some of the ideas he espoused in his work Simulacra and Simulation. You… [more]

from Swamp Thing #168, by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“Why Try to Create a New God?”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 30

Continued from last week. But for all the carelessness and clumsiness of Millar’s scripts, his and Morrison’s Swamp Thing consistently displays a deliberate and serious moral purpose. Indeed, the comic persistently plays out two quite… [more]

Original concept painting by Ralph McQuarrieA Much Longer Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: On Reading The Star Wars

Star Wars began for me in the toy section of an old five and dime store called TG&Y.  It was there I discovered a whole collection of new and unusual looking figures—“dolls” as my Arkansas… [more]

10468073_700013543381961_346021762295534240_nThe Fifth Beatle Revisited: An Update from San Diego Comic Con

This has been a big year for one of the most elegant and beautiful comics to come along in some time, The Fifth Beatle by Vivek J. Tiwary and Andrew Robinson (which I had previously… [more]

85_121384_0_Bloodstrike2LethalActionBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Bloodstrike Volume 1 #2

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Don Roberto & El Senor Blake face the supposedly ominous prospect of The Word's intervention; from Swamp Thing #147, by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“Take a Look Inside My Mind”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 29

Continued from last week. It’s impossible to believe that Morrison and Millar’s Swamp Thing wasn’t intended as an allegory. For all that Morrison’s original plans appear to have been significantly modified by his junior partner,… [more]

FireflyGuarding the Galaxy, Part 2: Cosmic Avengers

One of the papers I usually assign in my composition course is a cultural antecedents essay.  The students choose something from popular culture and then examine its relationship to its cultural antecedents.  Or, put in… [more]

DKR4Eternal Return: The Enduring, and Problematic, Influence of The Dark Knight Returns

When the Man of Steel sequel was officially announced at Comic-Con back in July of 2013, director Zack Snyder claimed that the film would be “inspired” by Frank Miller’s classic Dark Knight Returns. Even though… [more]

St.-George-Slaying-the-Dragon-Hans-Von-AachenKnights of Sidonia (Shidonia no Kishi): Mecha Anime and Primordial Evil

The Netflix Original Series Knights of Sidonia is a triumphal tour of the mecha genre and a major coup for Netflix as their first anime series. While it’s not a true original, as it aired… [more]

920539-p00001Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Gen13 Annual 2000

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

HolyTerrorBatman’s Politics, Part 1: Batman vs. Osama bin Laden

The following is an excerpt from the book War, Politics and Superheroes: When Frank Miller announced that he would be crafting a graphic novel in which Batman would confront real-world terrorist Osama bin Laden, journalists… [more]

X-Men - Inferno HC - Page 349X-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Inferno Part 2

The son of Scott Summers/Cyclops, Nathan Christopher, is finally in the hands of his demonically twisted mother Madelyne Pryor aka The Goblin Queen.  Her promises to turn the world to ashes seem very probable given… [more]

fr cover 0002Only Humanoid: Everything Louder than Everything Else

Armies Writer : Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Picaret Art : Jean-Claude Gal I always found it hard to square my ideas of what European (well, French) comics was meant to be with what most of it turned… [more]

How to tell a charming rogue from a complete rotter; from Swamp Thing #169, by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“Old Souls, Dark Agendas”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 28

Continued from last week. The final pages of Millar’s Swamp Thing depict the Earth on the eve of a historically unprecedented golden age. (*1) Humanity has been empathetically transformed through the god-like Swamp Thing’s influence,… [more]

The Ocean at the End of the LaneCompleting the Trilogy: Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I’ve never been much of a summer person.  I can barely swim, don’t really enjoy the beach, and hate hot weather.  But something about summer clicked for me this year.  Even though we weren’t able… [more]

4484bOh, My Aching Cranium! Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part One

If there’s one work by the King of Comics that polarizes his legion of fans, it’s his short-lived 1974 DC series OMAC. Appearing to take place in a future universe all its own (as was… [more]

Captain_America_22Capital Thoughts: Captain America #22

Cap, now a shriveled old man, lies in a bed in the Avengers’ Manson.  Banner runs tests on him and reports that there is no trace of the super-soldier serum in his blood.  Tony Stark… [more]

Picture taken by Long LeCosplay and Body Shaming

Cosplay, at its best, is about people having fun dressing up as their favorite movie, anime, game, or other characters and joining like-minded people. But we live in the real world and things involving other… [more]

Batman The Dark Knight Returns #1 - Page 1A Tale of Two Dark Knights…

Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (or DKR) has long been considered one of the greatest works in comic books. Since its release in 1986, it has been lauded as an industry-changing story that helped… [more]