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Picture taken by Long LeCosplay and Body Shaming

Cosplay, at its best, is about people having fun dressing up as their favorite movie, anime, game, or other characters and joining like-minded people. But we live in the real world and things involving other… [more]

Batman The Dark Knight Returns #1 - Page 1A Tale of Two Dark Knights…

Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (or DKR) has long been considered one of the greatest works in comic books. Since its release in 1986, it has been lauded as an industry-changing story that helped… [more]

Duck 01The Good Duck Artist and the Godfather of Comics

In less than a week, I’ll be presenting at the 22nd Annual Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con on something I’ve been studying for three years. In my freshman composition class, we were instructed to vote… [more]

CoverPhonogram, Music, and Silent Comics

Music is important in Phonogram: The Singles Club, the second mini-series of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Phonogram series. (A third is slated for publishing at some as yet determined point in the future and… [more]

1Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Daredevil Volume 1 #336

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

TwoWorldsHow Carmine Infantino Designed DC’s Silver Age

DC Comics’ Showcase #4, cover dated October 1956, is usually recognized as the book that launched the so-called Silver Age of comics by reintroducing the Flash and effectively reviving the superhero genre. The iconic cover… [more]

Robert-Ebert-Your-Movie-SucksDon’t Ignore the Art: Reviewing and Commenting on Comics, Part 3

Comics Journalism with Lucas Siegel (Newsarama Site Editor) and David Pepose (Newsarama Reviews Editor) Because this article is geared in many regards to help encourage readers and reviewers to develop a more critical eye, especially… [more]

SHIELDcoverSteranko and the Moment of Silence

When the common person on the street conjures an image of what a comic book writer or artist looks like, they most likely picture a quiet, unassuming man, a passive person—the direct opposite to the… [more]

Batman 29Don’t Ignore the Art: Reviewing and Commenting on Comics, Part 2

Line Work (Pencils / Brushwork) One of the first things I look at when opening up a comic is the style that’s being used. Is it more lifelike (realistic) or cartoonish (iconic)? Scott McCloud discusses… [more]

Evil Swamp Thing collaborates in Maggie's abuse, from Swamp Thing #171, by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“The Spirit of Hatred or the Spirit of Love”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 27

Continued from last week. Other aspects of Millar’s closing tilt at Swamp Thing were less praiseworthy. Though the final arc appears to show little of the swaggering misogyny that saturated his earliest work for 2000AD,… [more]

American Splendor 02 (1977) (Restored).cbz - Page 6 1Robert Crumb’s Best Art Was Some of His Most Subtle

The partnership between Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb was one of the more curious, and one of the most artistically satisfying in all of comics. Friends for years before even considering making comics together, these… [more]

Love and War, Cover by SienkiewiczIt’s Pronounced [sin-KEV-ich]

For years I called him Bill “See-EN-key-a-wix.”  That is, until somebody told me it was “SINK-a-vich.”  Of course that was wrong too, but in a way, that’s as it should be.  Most of us don’t… [more]

UnderstandingComicsDon’t Ignore the Art: Reviewing and Commenting on Comics, Part 1

What’s the difference between a comic book and a novel? The answer seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? Yet, it still confounds me to no end that someone will take the time to write a review… [more]

Title coverBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Namor the Sub-Mariner Volume 1 #30

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Louis_Sendak_03Bugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Sixteen

Honest, folks, after this, we’re all done here. I know, I know — Scarab the mini-series is done already, but let’s consider this something of a postscript to look at what ended happening with the… [more]

from Swamp Thing #167 by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“The Notion that Mankind is Diseased and Must be Replaced at all Costs”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 26

Continued from last week. The conflict between Millar’s two opposing teams of Masons appears to represent a clash of empathy and hubris, tolerance and tyranny, good faith and a world-razing secularism. Where one Lodge is… [more]

Star-Lord killing his UncleGuarding the Galaxy from the Discount Bin: Star-Lord: The Special Edition

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m not in love with the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.  I know this puts me in the comic book community’s version of the flat Earth society, but I’m fine with… [more]

turing-statueAlan Turing in Context, Part 2

Since my last writing, Tor has finished posting the graphic novel of Alan Turing’s life, The Imitation Game, by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis. You can find my comments on the first part here. What… [more]

infernoX-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Inferno Part 1

The first major crossover of my time as devotee of the Uncanny X-Men, Inferno marked the culmination of year’s worth of story, a vast majority of which I was unfamiliar with at the time, and… [more]

AsterixAndVikingsAnimatedMovieAsterix the Gaul, Captain America, and Steroids

What if Tyrion Lannister had Popeye’s super powers? What if Thor had the appetite and I.Q. of Cookie Monster? What if the Spartacus universe was cross-pollinated with the Smurfs? Well, then you’d get Asterix, Obelix,… [more]

Seaguy 01Why Aren’t Horror Comics Scary?

Six months out from its announcement at 2014’s Image Expo, we’re still waiting for a solicitation on Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s “The Nameless,” a book that I can guarantee you, based on those two… [more]

2Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 1 #67

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Avatar CosplayCosplay and Color: Skin Tone and Character Portrayals

Among my other duties for A-Kon is administering the social media pages, the Facebook group in particular. Recently there was an interesting debate on the use of cosmetics and other techniques to alter one’s skin… [more]

tommywiseauThe Room

The Room is clearly establishing itself as the current cult classic in the vein of Plan 9 From Outer Space. I first watched it with two friends during a day when we were deliberately seeking… [more]

© Madman EntertainmentSturm und Drang: Germanic Influence on Shingeki no Kyojin

Seid ihr das Essen? Nein wir sind die Jäger Spoilers to follow: The bestselling manga Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama has been adapted to television, inspired several video games, and a commercially successful English… [more]