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Howard Chaykin, Nashville Comic Con 2015Wizard World Comic Con–Nashville Notebook: Day Two

I just got insulted by Howard Chaykin. That’s like the comic book world’s equivalent of getting roasted by Don Rickles. [more]

The-Strain-Worm-PosterThe Strain and Vampire Culture

Vampires have changed tremendously over the years. They used to be representative of the bestial side of human nature, thoughtless creatures of pure Id, no better than animals themselves. Over time, however, they have evolved… [more]

The Shadow by Howard ChaykinWizard World Comic Con—Nashville Notebook: Day One

Howard Chaykin may have sounded like he was auditioning for Glengarry Glen Ross, but his was the most enjoyable panel I’ve attended in three years of convention-going. [more]

tf-chap-11-image-0030-panelPortraits in Alienated British You, Circa 1989-90, Part Thirteen : All’s Well That Ends — Well?

With the shit having already hit the fan, the eleventh and final chapter of Garth Ennis and Warren Pleece’s True Faith plays out more like an epilogue than anything else — but it’s a highly… [more]

tf-chap-3-image-0030-panelPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Twelve : Where It All Hits The Fan

There’s no doubt about it — chapter ten of Garth Ennis and Warren Pleece’s True Faith, entitled “False Gods,” is an absolute barn-burner. Or church-burner, I guess, as the case may be. The authorities —… [more]

Gods & Tulips, cover by Michael Kaluta copyTiptoeing Through the Tulips with Neil Gaiman

While some of the points Gaiman makes in his “Tulip Speech” are less relevant than they were in the early ‘90s, his overall prescription for saving the industry is as simple and true today as ever. [more]

theboys“There Was No Hand To Hold Me Back. That Night I Found The Ancient Track”: Transgressive and Transfigurative Acts in Providence #4

“That the prince of the powers of darkness, passing by the flower and pomp of the earth, should lay preposterous siege to the weak fantasy of indigent eld — Nor, when the wicked are expressly… [more]

Fat SpawnAlan Moore brings Satire and Subtext to Spawn: Spawn Written by Writers Part 1

Believe it or not, Alan Moore wrote an issue of Spawn. In the midst of a crass and embarrassing era of comics, could Alan Moore steer Image Comics to substance? [more]

thechairThe Chair Showed the Limits of Film Taste and the Director’s Role

The first season  of the Starz TV series The Chair came to an end almost a year ago, yet it seems to have generated very few ripples of lasting influence, if the blogosphere is any… [more]

The League of Extraordianary Gentlemen The Black Dossier by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill“Shambling After the Mad Ones”: Bob Dylan, Alan Moore, and Jack Kerouac

A couple of weeks ago, I broke down and got a copy of Bob Dylan’s 1970 album, Self Portrait.  For many fans, this album represents the low point in Dylan’s discography.  Throughout most of the… [more]

Fear-the-Walking-Dead-poster (1)A Look at Zombies Throughout History

Following the recent premiere of new AMC series Fear the Walking Dead with its record-breaking number of viewers, we can once again confirm that our fascination with the reanimated corpses is alive and well. With… [more]

Starship Troopers- Brain BugCult Classics: Starship Troopers

“War makes fascists of us all.” That’s the line that best describes the attitude and approach Paul Verhoeven takes in his science-fiction masterpiece Starship Troopers. The film was neither a flop nor a success at… [more]

yog2015-07-24-17h25m25s391Eiji Tsuburaya’s Death and the Changing Face of Kaiju Films

On January 25th in 1970, the landscape of kaiju films changed forever. Eiji Tsuburaya had started work on a new television series by this point, a horror anthology show known as The Unbalance Zone. The… [more]

Providence#3“How’d you do, my little Siren?”: Sensuality, Sentiment and Solipsism in Providence #3

Let’s begin by returning to the idea of Alan Moore infusing the Mythos with an emotional current and introducing the alien to well, the alien. I am undoubtedly one of those strange folk who doesn’t… [more]

Unbeatable_Squirrel_Girl_Vol_1_3_Women_of_Marvel_VariantThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Conflict Resolution

Spoilers for The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. (But honestly, you should’ve read it by now anyway.) Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Some chemical-induced villain comes into your campus looking for Spider-Man to fight… [more]

The Question #1, cover by Bill Sienkiewicz copyThe Nostalgia Test: Re-examining Denny O’Neil, Denys Cowan, and Rick Magyar’s The Question

The Question strove for subtext—it was more about Vic’s spiritual journey than whether he could defeat a villain or escape a burning building. [more]

mD6ge5Q1ZewPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Eleven : Enter The Iron Lady

You knew it had to happen at some point in the pages of True Faith : Nigel, Terry, and their newfound “friends” have been entirely too successful in their church-burning campaign and,  this being 1989… [more]

Listen to Me MarlonWhy Brando Matters: Listen to Me Marlon and the Search for Authenticity

Picasso had to paint. Miles had to play. Einstein had to theorize. And Brando had to act. But the art of acting was to expose falseness, to open it up and examine it in a never-ending search for authenticity. [more]

Incognegro_1_1600x1200-689033Race and Gender: Incognegro‘s Protagonist is Not the Hero He Hopes to Be

With the recent release of Strange Fruit #1 being critiqued for its lack of unique identity in its African-American (and even Alien-African-American) characters and unrealistic characterisation, my thoughts drew back to another piece. A comic… [more]

50-shades-grey2000x1200mix50 Shades of Grey and Male Silence: Why Christian Couldn’t Speak

E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey began in 2011 as self-published Twilight fan fiction, quickly became a bestselling ebook, was picked up by Vintage Books in March of 2012, and as of June 2015 has sold over… [more]

twolaneblacktop2015-07-30-21h27m21s332The Essentials: Two-Lane Blacktop

So I’m field testing a new title for the series previously known as “Movies You Should Watch.” I have grown tired with that name! Or, more accurately, I’ve decided to take the series in a… [more]

Understanding Comics 3 TIME ROPETime Paradox: Sound in Comics

Comics are unique in that it is the only medium where sound is seen, rather than heard by its audience.  My previous discussion on this topic focused on some visual devices used in comics to… [more]

green_lantern_85This is Your Comic on Drugs

How Drugs Killed Comics In 1954 the comic publishing industry faced a Galactus-sized threat from psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. His study linked comic book reading to juvenile delinquency and other social ills. The report whipped up… [more]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #1The Audacity of Hope, Geek Culture, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Part 2

A week ago I went to see the new Mission Impossible.  While waiting for it to start, I was a bit amused to see trailers for two upcoming movies—The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the latest… [more]

CaptainAmerica221Weird Worlds: The Minor Mainstream Works of Steve Gerber, Part 3 – Captain America

Of the works that I am considering in this series of articles, Steve Gerber’s run on Captain America is by far the shortest. Weighing in at a scant 3 and three quarter issues, this truncated… [more]