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400px-Star_Wars_Marvel_2015The Top 10 New & Returning Comics to Read in 2015

2014 was a stunning year for comics. Between the debut and rapid success of many creator-owned series to superhero comics finally growing in big ways, comics are only getting even better. 2015 seems to be… [more]

Michael ChabonThe Amazing Adventures of “Stan” and “Jack”: Michael Chabon’s “Citizen Conn”

A couple of years ago, Michael Chabon gave a reading at our local library.  He was promoting a new novel, Telegraph Avenue, and the auditorium was packed.  Given my academic background, I’ve had to attend… [more]

wankerPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part One: Introduction

Maybe it was something in the water—or something in the air—or just something floating around in the larger cultural zeitgeist of the time—but whatever the reason behind it all may have been, from the late… [more]

Issue 14 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 12

Issue #14 “Touching the Earth” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckingham Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean Fear is a powerful thing. Scientifically, it is an emotion brought upon… [more]

X-Men Days of Future Past- Young CharlesX-Men Franchise: A Spoiled Opportunity? Part 2

The two films that birthed the popularity of modern superhero films were Spider-Man and X-Men[i]. The two films were massive successes and demonstrated that there was interest in superhero films. The two films also were… [more]

The-Raid-2-posterTop 10 Films of 2014

2014 was a very good year for film, featuring an impressive balance of quality blockbusters and indie marvels. I saw a lot of movies this year, but of course I didn’t see every single one.… [more]

deep-dark-fears-comic-illustrations-fran-krause-27__605Illustrator Fran Krause Shows Us Our Fears

We’re all afraid of something, and we can gussy it up however we want with the most intelligent and elaborate horror movies or books out there, but ultimately our fears seem to come down to… [more]

Onlygod2014-11-07-23h14m24s73Where True Detective Meets Community: Character Based Meta Examinations

True Detective was an amazing show. Brilliantly thematically driven, fabulously shot, and incredibly acted. It was filled with top-of-the-line craft across the board. There’s so much to learn from that show, but one of the… [more]

Young Frank MillerFrank Miller’s Daredevil Saga, Part 1: Introduction

Introduction Few writer/artists have been able to leave such an impact on a character that it has forever transformed comics after. Frank Miller was able to breathe life and vitality to characters that had been… [more]

The_Fountain_graphic_novelThe Fountain Comic Book: Many Roads to the Same Summit

The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky’s heartfelt sci fi masterwork, had a difficult road to the screen. This story is fairly well known: by 2002, he had written and designed the film, hired actors and started building… [more]

Forever, posterSuperheroes in the Autopsy Room or: How a TV Star Tried to Save my Life

As I write this week’s column, it’s New Year’s Day—that one magical holiday when most of us sit around following a week of indulgences and resolve to do all manner of great things.  It’s one… [more]

articlethumb“What Happened To Happy Endings?”: The Multiversity: New Thunderworld Adventures #1

Forgive me if I start by stating the obvious, but there something quite archetypal and mythic about Captain Marvel. Obviously because his powers derive from some pretty mythic figures themselves. Add to this a halcyon… [more]

FurriesFurries are Fellow Fans and Attacking Them Isn’t Funny

Recently, there was what appears to be a chlorine gas attack at Midwest FurFest in a Chicago suburb. Press reaction has ranged from just barely neutral to outright mocking, as in the case of Mika… [more]

Annual CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 11

Hellblazer Annual #1 “The Bloody Saint” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Bryan Talbot Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Todd Klein Cover: Kent Williams Life has a sense of never really turning out exactly as we would like… [more]

x-men-days-of-future-past-castX-Men Franchise: A Spoiled Opportunity? Part 1

Logan: This is what you guys wear? Scott: Well what would you prefer, yellow spandex? In acknowledgment to fan outrage of the change of costumes in the first X-Men film, the screenwriters included a line… [more]

wordballoon1Breaking the Silence: How Comics Visualize Sound

Of all the elements defining comics, the most paradoxical is that it is a silent medium that nonetheless has sound represented.  Comics are in the peculiar position of needing to imply sounds through images, making… [more]

Manifest Destiny 001 (2013) (Digital) (Fawkes-Empire).cbr - Page 1Manifest Destiny: My Comic of the Year

As I’ve written, I’m not a fan of lists or of ranking art in general, although of course I do acknowledge that there’s bad stuff and good stuff, and some great stuff. But beyond those… [more]

Italian PunisherRace, Racism, and Italian-American Crimefighters – Part 4: The Punisher, Immigrants, and the Middle-Class Squeeze

This article appeared originally in the anthology Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs, and Gentlemen (2009), edited by Elwood Watson. I’m reprinting it here because I believe it has things to say about Italian-Americans, law enforcement, and… [more]

Omc_7_96Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Eleven

Jack Kirby created many – some would even argue most – of the iconic villains in comic book history.  The list of Kirby rogues is a long and distinguished one, a veritable “Bad Guy Hall… [more]

It's Superman! by Tom De Haven, coverQuintessential Superman: Tom De Haven’s It’s Superman!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column praising Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony.  Near the end of that column, I called the Grammy-winning piece one of “the quintessential creative works” about Superman, listing it alongside… [more]

timecrimes001482014 in Movies Part Three

So I watch a lot more old movies than new movies in a year. Which means I see a ton of great movies in a year that I can’t throw on an end of the… [more]

GODZILLA2014 in Movies Part Two

So after scribing a list of the best movies I didn’t see there’s only one natural follow up – my favourite movies of the year! After all my quick-and-dirty defences of ranking and lists I’m… [more]

Jurassic World 1Why Upstream Color Makes Jurassic Park Amazing Again

I recently saw Shane Carruth’s second film, Upstream Color, and it was exactly what I was expecting—a quiet but tremendously heartfelt, beautiful science fiction story, innovative in its ideas on many levels.  What was unexpected… [more]

under82014 in Movies Part One

Doing just one end of the year list is kind of lame. Doesn’t really cover the facets worth exploring. And that’s even discounting the perpetual “lists are meaningless” argument. Of course lists are meaningless, but… [more]

Issue 13 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 10

Issue #13 “On the Beach” Writer: Jamie Delano; Art: Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckingham, Mike Hoffman; Colors: Lovern Kindzierski; Letters: Todd Klein; Cover: Dave McKean; When thinking back on our childhoods, the notion of life… [more]