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Batman - JokerLooking Glasses: Sexual Dangers and Curious Responses in Carroll’s Alice Books and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Part One

The seminal Batman graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, by writer Grant Morrison and artist Dave McKean, recontextualizes the themes and the motifs of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass… [more]

fgbox2Home Invasion Movies And Women’s Fears

Horror movies scare us because they mirror what we fear – even the impossible, such as ghosts or supernatural monsters. But one subgenre of horror films tackles something more mundane: home invaders. The idea of… [more]

greenarrow6Reinventing Widescreen: Sorrentino’s Green Arrow

Fall of 2006, my freshman year of college, I sat in the television room of my dorm and watched Green Arrow make his live-action debut on Smallville.  I remember the raw fanboy glee that swelled… [more]

NYCC-2015-logoMy New York Comic Con Experience

I have never done a blog for Sequart, but I think everyone at this site would enjoy hearing some Con Experiences. So here’s my personal experience for New York Comic Con. Thursday: I am a… [more]

Hellblazer 42 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 33

Issue #42 “A Drop of the Hard Stuff” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Mark Pennington; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; As stated before, a fictional character, comic or otherwise,… [more]

Steve Jobs imageDanny Boyle’s Steve Jobs: A Respectful Portrait of a Flawed Man

This is Aaron Sorkin’s second film written about a bold innovator in the tech industry. This time around he is tackling the titanic figure Steve Jobs, a man who was complicated to say the least.… [more]

Tomorrowland_posterTomorrowland and the Disney Ethic

The following article about Disney’s 2015 film Tomorrowland (dir. Brad Bird) will contain spoilers, and it will to some extent disagree with Emmet O’Cuana’s very good Sequart article about the film, which I recommend reading.… [more]

Hellblazer 41 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 32

A change of the writer or the entire creative team on any title is always a challenge, especially after four years under the helm of Jamie Delano and his stark horror drenched political commentary that… [more]

Copyright Wallpaperup 2007Back to the Grind: Why the Grindhouse Needs to Return… Now

There was a time when movies were more than just moving pictures, a time when special effect sequences were only apart of the maker’s imaginations and had not reached the confines of our own reality,… [more]

Copyright Movie Muse April 2010Send in the Slashers: Why the Assembly of Cinema’s Greatest Horror Icons Can Be a Successful Movie Franchise

There is nothing like a great crossover story, a time when creators bring icons together in a vicious battle to see which one emerges victorious. Recently, however, the concept has become more popularized, with the… [more]

frightfulsmile“Being The Frightful Smile Of Their Creator…” – Grimoires and Ghoulish Acts in Providence #5

“Non-Euclidean calculus and quantum physics are enough to stretch any brain; and when one mixes them with folklore, and tries to trace a strange background of multi-dimensional reality behind the ghoulish hints of the Gothic… [more]

2763121-justl_cv4_asdjkhf69s87dafkwlqBelieve the Aquaman: Why the King of Atlantis is the Real Deal

If you consider yourself familiar with comic’s most popular super heroes than you are capable of identifying those that are considered the best: Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and… [more]

Orson Welles on radio copy“Welcome to My House … And leave something of the happiness you bring”: Orson Welles’s Dracula

The other day I saw an amusing social media post from Stephen Bissette, the legendary Swamp Thing penciller.  He was mocking a recent online article that promised a list of 11 little known horror films… [more]

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: Writers Writing Spawn, 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]