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Charlie-Parker-in-1949-002“The Song and the People is the Same”: Authenticity and Interracial Suspicion in American Music

Amiri Baraka’s quotation “The song and the people is the same.” questions the philosophical conviction that the essence of a thing predates its existence and tells us something about music’s nature as an art form… [more]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 25

Issue #29 “Sick at Heart” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Ron Tiner & Kevin Walker Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams While being comprised of many styles of stories that can be grouped… [more]

05a45abcf5ae4ecece8799e656bfea79Community Season Six: “Laws of Robotics and Party Rights”

Episode five of the sixth season of Community, “Laws of Robotics and Party Rights”, might be the best episode of the season yet. I say “might” because it still has a few problems. Let’s get… [more]

30full500Notes on Casanova: Acedia #1-2

This year I wrote a book, published by Sequart, called The Future of Comics, The Future of Men: Matt Fraction’s Casanova. That book argues that Fraction’s science-fiction spy series offers both a critique of capitalism,… [more]

Kong vs gojira2015-03-22-17h36m51s130A Countless Number of Small Items: King Kong vs Godzilla and Akira Ifukube Pt. 2

I visited temples in Rehe and saw numerous Buddha statues embedded all over the wall. Even though each statue was humble, seeing all of them together on the wall impressed me greatly. [more]

Kong vs gojira2015-03-22-17h53m53s111A Countless Number of Small Items: King Kong vs Godzilla and Akira Ifukube

Be done with rote learning and its attendant vexations; for is there distinction of a “yes” from a “yea” comparable now to the gulf between evil and good? What all men fear, I too must fear… how barren and pointless a thought! [more]

Bst7rv7CAAAn15W.0_standard_640.0The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics

Diversity has always been a problem in comics. In the early days, minorities were nigh invisible, and women were usually relegated to romantic interests/damsels in distress. In the modern era, however, DC and Marvel have… [more]

varan2015-03-19-17h21m06s157Such Beautiful Miniatures: Yasuyuki Inoue and a New Age for Toho

Earth Defence Force is the start of an important transition in Ishirō Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya’s techniques, a transition that wouldn’t reach its peak until a new decade arrived. The bright and colourful space film required Eiji Tsuburaya to focus more on optical effects then he had to date. [more]

chappieRobots Are Taking Over Hollywood

2015 is being called “The Year of AI” and “The Year of the Robot” due to the abnormal number of high profile sci-fi movies, featuring robotic and AI characters, being released this year including Avengers:… [more]

asdfgSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 24

Issue #28 “Thicker Than Water” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Ron Tiner & Kevin Walker Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Following the brief tenure of Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman on the… [more]

The-X-Files-I-Want-to-Believe-posterDefending the Much-Maligned X-Files I Want to Believe

With the recent announcement that there will be a new X-Files miniseries, the internet exploded this week with people aching to see Mulder and Scully in action again. It has been some time since we… [more]

Crockett statue in downtown LawrenceburgBorn on a Mountaintop in Tennessee: Davy Crockett and the Early American Superhero

A century before the Shadow, the Phantom, and Superman, the Crockett Almanacs had turned Davy Crockett into one of the first American superheroes. [more]

treasure2015-03-09-17h59m46s61The First Kaiju Fight: Godzilla Raids Again

As Nakajima himself put it, “I had to stand in the middle of the set while a huge amount of crushed ice came tumbling down on me.” The weight of the ice, coupled with the weight of the GyakushuGoji suit, broke the platform Nakajima and a cable operator were situated on. [more]

Hellblazer 27 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 23

Issue 27 “Hold Me” Writer: Neil Gaiman Art & Cover: Dave McKean Colors: Dave McKean & Danny Vizzo Letters: Todd Klein Following Grant Morrison’s two part tale of nuclear terror, is arguably one of the… [more]

Hellblazer 26 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 22

Issue 25 “Early Warning” Writer: Grant Morrison Art, Colors, & Cover: David Lloyd Letters: Tom Frame As stated before, over the 300 issue run Hellblazer would be written by many of the comic industry’s biggest… [more]

rodan2015-03-11-19h05m05s79Tsuburaya Does Colour: Rodan

Rodan presented the special effects mastermind with a unique opportunity. Not only was Eiji Tsuburaya shooting in colour for only the second time but also he was allotted an unprecedented 60 percent of the film’s budget [more]

Everything's Eventual by Stephen King copyThe Literary Art of Stephen King: “All That You Love Will Be Carried Away”

In this story, King is elevating an entire medium of expression that almost no one takes seriously, even though in many ways it has a purity that most of the finer arts lack. [more]

Persona_PosterOn Seeing Persona in Theatres

So Ingmar Bergman is one of those directors spoken of almost unanimously in apotheosized terms. He’s highly regarded by those film critics most driven by artistic pretension, and highly thought of even by his peers. [more]

kirby omac 6 coverOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Sixteen

So—what was that all about, then? I assure you, it’s hardly a rhetorical question—Jack Kirby’s eight-issue run on OMAC is stuffed to the gills (and well beyond) with concepts, themes, often-eerily-prescient prognostication, and deft societal… [more]

all-new-captain-america-4-covCapital Thoughts: All-New Captain America #4

In what is now a common trope, Sam Wilson, aka, the All-New Captain America, is getting his ass kicked, this time by Armadillo, a third-rate villain who first appeared in Cap #308 (August, 1985; Gruenwald/Neary/… [more]

treasure2015-03-03-14h20m18s116Movies You Should Watch: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre came out in 1948, and was directed by John Huston. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt. Bogart and Holt play Fred C. Dobbs and Curtin respectively. [more]

SphereTracing Some of the Roots in Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, Part 2

[A quick word of caution.  What follows is an analysis of some of the literary antecedents for The Sculptor.  As such, spoilers abound.  Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!] If you read last week’s column,… [more]

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]