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Style: "Mad Men"The End of Mad Men

This week, I can almost guarantee, this water cooler conversation will be repeated throughout the world: “So, what was Mad Men all about?” “I’ve no idea.” It’s been seven seasons and eight years, and this… [more]

pom-pokoThe Burden of Change: Mourning the Pastoral in Pom Poko

Japanese tales are burdened with loss, especially modern ones. Modern Japanese fiction, produced by such writers as Natsume Soseki, is conscious about the loss of innocence and the disintegration of Eastern culture against the Western… [more]

sdPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Six: A “Crisis” Of Faith

The next stop on our tour of British comics focused on disenfranchised teens/twentysomethings in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s brings us to True Faith, a smart, satirical, dare I say sometimes even poignant look… [more]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 30

Issue #37-38 “Man’s Work” & ”Boy’s Play” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Steve Pugh Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Ideological conflict has played a large role in Jamie Delano’s run on Hellblazer.… [more]

the-other-side-of-the-wind1The Other Side of the Wind: Orson’s Last Stand

Few films would have been as knowing, satirical, poetic and ahead of their time as Orson Welles’ last famous “unfinished” film of the 1970s, The Other Side of the Wind. In one of the great… [more]

avengers-for-fbx-largeHow The Avengers Became the Center of the Marvel Universe

From 1961 to 1965, in a white-hot blaze of publisher demand and creativity, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr. and others hammered out the entire Marvel Universe. In the process, they made… [more]

thumbDeconstruction of Male Duality in American Comic Books: Robert Kirkman’s Invincible

***Editors Note: Following articles contains graphic imagery originally featured in Invincible #110. According to Judith Butler, gender is not a static, stable, and “natural” condition someone is born with, but rather a socially constructed concept… [more]

EHOTD_-_Man_Sees_Godzilla_and_Ebirah_BattleGodzilla’s Heartbeat: Sea Monsters, Chameleons, and a New Team for Toho

Cancer. The Crab is said to have been put among the stars by the favour of Hera, because, when Hercules had stood firm against the Lernaean Hydra, it had snapped at his foot from the swamp. Hercules, enraged at this, had killed it, and Hera put it among the constellations. [more]

2939564“I Just Don’t Like Bullies”: Joss Whedon’s Interpretation of Captain America

2012 was inarguably Joss Whedon’s biggest year ever. Not only did he take center stage of a sold-out ravishing audience at the 10th anniversary Firefly reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con, have his micro-budget adaptation… [more]

swithins41Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Five: Aim For The Head (Of State)

The fourth and final installment—this time un-numbered, as we’re through counting down to the day and find ourselves at it—of St. Swithin’s Day begins with the most painfully obvious line you could imagine: “today’s the… [more]

thumbSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 29

Issues #34-36 The Dead Boy’s Heart Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Sean Phillips Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Demons are everywhere within Hellblazer. It’s commonplace that we see John Constantine staring down… [more]

Angel4Buffy, Angel, and the Guidebook to Growing Up, Part 2

“I had my throat cut and all my friends abandoned me.” If Buffy was teaching us how to survive, then Angel taught us how to provide. Buffy took us from high school to college; Angel… [more]

a-f-for-fakeOrson Welles at 100: Five Films to Get You Started

Orson Welles would have been 100 years old today, and there are celebrations, conferences and screenings happening all year long to celebrate the life and work of this giant of the American cinema. We’ve written… [more]

Sanda_vs._GairaIf I Cannot Inspire Love, I Will Cause Fear: More Frankesteins and Flying Turtles

” The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.” [more]

6a00c2252476ab8fdb00c22526288d549d-500piBuffy, Angel, and the Guidebook to Growing Up, Part 1

“It’s hard and it’s painful and it’s every day.” For those of us that grew up watching these two shows, consciously or not, we learned life lessons from them. Over the course of twelve seasons… [more]

from Age of Ultron, Black WidowSuperhero Movies and the Curse of Familiarity: The Age of Ultron

The art of adaptation as well as the challenge of sequels is to allow the audience to experience things in new ways—strange ways—in order to destabilize us. [more]

sdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 28

Issue #32 “New Tricks” Writer: Dick Foreman Art: Steve Pugh Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Following The Family Man Jamie Delano hands the title off to Dick Foreman before returning to… [more]

Who's Got it RightDC and Marvel: The Politics of Universes

The superhero world is in bit of a rumble. Recently, Zack Snyder dropped another of his completely predictable little bombs, and we suddenly have a very familiar looking Aquaman on the blocks. (Did anyone notice… [more]

Dark Knight 3, promotional art copyFrank Miller, Bernie Krigstein, and “The Master Race”

As many of you probably know, last Friday DC Comics announced plans to publish a new sequel to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.  While details were sketchy, it was clear that Miller would be… [more]

Ghidorah2015-04-16-13h58m39s23The Last Hurrah: Frankenstein, Baragon, and King Ghidorah

Good men, do not be afraid! You should all single-mindedly recite the name of Guanshiyin Bodhisattva. This Bodhisattva bestows fearlessness upon living beings. If you recite his name, you shall surely be saved from these robbers, and if upon hearing that, the merchants all cry out together, Namo Guanshiyin Bodhisattva, then they will immediately be saved because they recited his name. [more]

(Siegel and Shuster, Superman Sunday Classics 138 1999)Out of the Sunday Panels and into WWII: A Look at Superman’s Relationship with the American Working Class

In 1938, a future symbol of “Truth, Justice, & the American Way” was born, and the personification of these values formed into the character known as Superman.  The first conception of superman stands in contrast… [more]

thor-insaneThor is not a God, he’s a Lunatic: Realism in Ultimate Marvel

As the Ultimate Marvel Universe is reaching it’s conclusion it is worth looking back at the magnificent alternate universe. So much of the Ultimate Marvel Universe has helped to define both the Marvel Cinematic Universe… [more]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 27

Issue #31 “Mourning of the Magician” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Sean Phillips Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Over the last 30 issues of the series, it is clearly obvious that death… [more]

Doctor_Horrible_BannerDr Horrible and Commentary! The Musical!

The writer’s strike of 2007 was one of the odder labor events of the past few years, and had a distinct effect on a lot of pop culture products. NBC’s The Office had a shortened… [more]

all new Cap cover 5Capital Thoughts: All-New Captain America #5

Comics have always wrestled with consistency and continuity—hence, the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe, the Crisis on Infinite Earths series, and the ongoing Convergence. On the other hand, with all this talk of Secret… [more]