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1380272-crisis50Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Fifteen : Les Enfants Terrible

Debuting in the pages of the well-regarded (and, at least by some of us, much-missed) British comics anthology series Crisis — specifically in issue number 50, cover-dated September, 1990 — John Smith and Sean Phillips’… [more]

tf-chap-1-image-0017Portraits in Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Fourteen : I Used To Think That The Day Would Never Come —

And you, dear reader, could be forgiven, what with the uber-sporadic nature of these posts in recent months (sue me, I’ve been busy), that the day would never come when yours truly would finally get… [more]

Hellblazer #45 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 36

Issue #45 “The Sting” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Tom Sutton; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; In the comic medium, every character or series has moments that become paramount… [more]

635560680919636292-MAD-MAX-FURY-ROAD-MOV-jy-1019-Feminism on the Fury Road: Imperfect Tropes in Mad Max

As part of my continuing effort to catch up with all the summer movies I missed (my home theatre is more comfortable, equal in quality and a whole lot cheaper than going to a theatre,… [more]

stephen-amell-in-arrowThe Flashback Paradox: How Comic Book Television Deals with Remembrance of Things Past

In the eight decades or so of American comic books, finding obscure things in dark corners to dust off and reinvent has become an industry unto itself. Indeed, one of the first known printed uses… [more]

ASanotherday01Another Day, Another Dollar: Harvey Pekar’s Last American Splendor

For the last few years of Harvey Pekar’s life, he was on a creative roll. His American Splendor comic had never really gone away, but in the 1990s and early 2000s, Pekar was focusing more… [more]

Issue 44 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 35

Issue #44 “My Way” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Tom Sutton; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; American founding father Benjamin Franklin is famously known for the quote from a… [more]

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

Yet the Alice books do not celebrate our heroine’s change, as suggested by Alice’s several disturbing mirrorings with older women. Three of the four major women in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass… [more]

Hellblazeer 43 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 34

Issue #43 “Friends in High Places” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Malcolm Jones III; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; From a narrative perspective comic books offer many storytelling methods… [more]

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]