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Edison vs. TeslaJeff Smith Delivers the Old Rasl Dasl

One of the running gags I used to enjoy on The Simpsons was the dreaded educational filmstrip.  Whenever Bart or Lisa’s class would settle in to watch one of these out-of-date filmstrips, the faded color,… [more]

1985507-01Bugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Seven

Finally! Time to get down to the nitty-gritty! We’ve spent the first six parts of this series setting the stage as thoroughly as, I like to fancy, is humanly possible given the vagaries of time… [more]

TheWake_ZulliSandman: “The Wake” — In which a Funeral and Wedding Occur

The final, enigmatic issues of the Sandman emulate a diverse response to the death of the titular Dream. Though there are still two issues left to go in the Sandman series proper, this here is… [more]

the-dark-knight-returns-on-a-horseSuperhero Accessories: Part One: Masked Vigilantes

Perhaps the most damning criticism Alan Moore made about superheroes has been overlooked in all the controversy around the ‘Last interview’: ‘the origin of capes and masks as ubiquitous superhero accessories can be deduced from… [more]

Godzilla cranstoncry“We knew the world would not be the same…”: Thoughts on the Chimeric Nature of Promoting Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla

Not long ago, fellow Sequart contributor Greg Carpenter tweeted his interest in Godzilla after viewing the trailer released towards the end of February. I attempted to let this learned man know that there is more… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 001.cbr - Page 5The Long Walk Home

“Everyone calls me ma’am these days.” -Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV series, was about many things, including being a profoundly human and true coming-of-age story. By the end of season 7, Buffy… [more]

from 1997’s JLA #9, by Morrison, Oscar Jimenez et al“A Semi-Unhinged, Essentially Humourless Loner Struggling with Rage and Guilt”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 9

Continued from last week. Grant Morrison’s ambition was, it appears, to free the DCU from the constraints of both wonder-killing editorial dictats and the conventions of the Dark Age. Yet unregulated creative anarchy doesn’t seem to… [more]

Understanding Comics, CoverUnderstanding Comics on the Wabash Cannonball

I took the last “left” to Clarksville because, contrary to popular belief, there is no train.  Driving up the Interstate from Nashville, I wondered idly how many other people had been disappointed to learn that… [more]

SSArchetypal Fictional Universes and Hypertexts in Seven Soldiers of Victory

Introduction In his long career, Grant Morrison has written many different types of comics in numerous genres, but he is most known for his work on mainstream superhero titles. This article will attempt to explore… [more]

rainMaking Love the Will Eisner Way: Intercourse Discourse in A Contract with God

In Will Eisner’s Contract with God, sex is is a struggle for power. [more]

Harry Eisner 3The Long Influence of Will Eisner

In any medium there are great, influential works that no one actually partakes of. In film this mantle falls on the shoulders of directors like Carl Theodor Dreyer, Fritz Lang, and Abel Gance. They made… [more]

will eisner comics and sequential artWriting About Comics the Will Eisner Way

In 1985, decades after his first comic book, Will Eisner wrote Comics and Sequential Art, his treatise about how comic books work.  The first of three books (Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative and Expressive Anatomy… [more]

Eisner_spiritA Brief History of the Spirit

Many articles have been written about The Spirit, but the best man to recount his origins was his creator. “When we started,” Will Eisner told The Comics Journal in one of the many interviews he… [more]

1Sing Me a Sweet Song: Eisner’s Tragic Love Triangle

The lamentable times we find ourselves in are rife with class disparity and injustice. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and cheap, ambling diatribes against these injuries grow more and more cliché. The… [more]

dropsie avenueWill Eisner and the Ethics of Care

Remembering Will Eisner – and borrowing from Michael Chabon – Art Spiegelman said that the Jews have always been known as the People of the Book, but now they were also the People of the… [more]

602519“A Will Eisner Reader”: Your Introduction to a Master

To me, he’s always “Mr Eisner”. I’m sure he would have told me to call him “Will”, but something in my upbringing would have prevented me from being so informal. He could just as easily… [more]

1Frimme and His God: Eisner’s Meditations on Suffering

Will Eisner, like Walt Disney or Orson Welles, is a household name in his field of expertise. He pioneered his work with such love and dedication that few have contested his reputation as the man… [more]

CARPENTER To the Heart of the Storm, CoverTo the Heart of Will Eisner

Some of you may remember that back in January, when I first started writing this weekly column, we conducted a poll of Sequart contributors who ranked the greatest works and most important creators in comics… [more]

5The Master Builder: Lego Collides with Animal Man #19

If you haven’t seen The Lego Movie yet, you ought to. I found that the film lived up to its expectations, which included the usual kiddy fanfare. But what I was unable to anticipate was… [more]

black adamBlack Adam, Orientalism, and The Marvel Family #1

Black Adam is a focal point of American fears about the Other, and contributes to the perception of American moral and mental superiority over the Oriental inferior. [more]

chasing amy imageChasing Amy: A Pioneering Film Featuring Female Comics Creators

It’s easy to forget in 2014 that there was a time when comics weren’t really that close to the center of the cultural zeitgeist. But, though someone under twenty may not believe it, there was… [more]

Sandman 69Death of a Dream – “The Kindly Ones” Conclusion

The Kindly Ones ends much how it starts. There is a haunting momentum that drives the story forward, and yet it is clear how this narrative energy is spilling over from the entirety of the… [more]

From 1997’s JLA Secret Files #1, by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Howard Porter et alA Thousand Batmen Blooming: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 8

Continued from last week. The superhero genre had become more and more susceptible to the myth of the definitive version. It was a fan-consuming fallacy which presumed that each character possessed an irreducible core of utterly… [more]

True Detective image 2True Detective: Something Deep and Dark

Most people still see Matthew McConaughey as the pretty boy, the Prince Charming of chick flicks. Those individuals clearly haven’t seen Killer Joe or Dallas Buyers Club. But how could I blame them? When I… [more]

Doktor_Sleepless_1Unfinished Apocalypse: Doktor Sleepless

At times, reading Warren Ellis’ and Ivan Rodriguez’ unfinished story Doktor Sleepless, especially in single issues, can feel like showing up a day late to the party of the century. The vibrant community surrounding the… [more]