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August 2006

gs coverLet’s All Laugh At (and With) Lauren Weinstein

Lauren R Weinstein’s GIRL STORIES is a marvelously all-over-the-place collection of stories done over a seven-year period that somehow manages to cohere into one hilariously painful whole. Weinstein accomplishes something remarkable here: writing a book… [more]

brush11A Minicomics World Tour

Time to take a look at the minicomics that have come my way, and it’s quite an interesting and varied assortment from all over the world. There’s historical adaptations, horror, humor and autobio in this… [more]

hotwire 1Lying in the Gutters: Hotwire

With MOME, Fantagraphics tried to put together an anthology that would appeal to sophisticated readers who were open to reading comics but didn’t necessarily know what to buy. A book for those who read GHOST… [more]

47117_fulBreaking the Code (or, How Mom and Dad are Ruining Your Life)

Aaaaaaaaannnnnnnnd we’re back for a new season! It’s time to reinstate martial law in the land and grab yer shotguns! Hide the children and mark your doors with sheep’s blood! After far too long, Tact… [more]

mome13An Interview with Eric Reynolds, Co-Editor of Mome

SEQUART: What were your original criteria in selecting artists for MOME? REYNOLDS: Really just good cartooning, good storytelling. Also, the idea was that these cartoonists didn’t have a regular venue to publish, although that agenda… [more]

250px-Action_Comics_1American Thesis #4: Direct Distribution and Comic Book Culture

Direct distribution was a major turning point in the world of comics. It spawned the creation of specialty comic book shops resulting in a culture surrounding the medium, some of the components including conventions and… [more]

wolverineComic Sense #3: The Art of Structure, Part II: Writing

Welcome back to Comic Sense. The first piece in this series discussed composition and its place in the larger context of story structure. This second piece will build on that discussion by exploring how writing… [more]

Sequart Research & Literacy OrganizationSequart.com: A 10-Year Retrospective

Earlier this week, I authored an item about how Sequart is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. I want to use this space to expand on what I said there, giving a fuller accounting of our history.

mome 2Mome: Comics’ New Murderer’s Row

Five issues of Fantagraphics’ new flagship anthology, MOME, have been published. I was immensely excited when news of it was announced, because a number of my favorite young artists were to be part of its… [more]

Sequart Research & Literacy OrganizationSequart.com: 10 Years!

Today, Sequart is celebrating 10 years online.

red skullPsycho Icons: Freak Criminals and Super-Villains

“You don’t understand these things because you’re not under the influence of factor x.” Despite what you may think, this is not the deranged taunting of a primary-colored comic book heavy. This is an excerpt… [more]

justiceThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 3

My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues reviewed, it attempts to deduce the plots and mysteries of future issues as well.… [more]

the road to god knows, by Von AllenEric “Von Allan” Julien on Creating His Upcoming Graphic Novel

Von Allan was born red-headed and freckled in Arnprior, Ontario, just in time for Star Wars: A New Hope. The single child of two loving but troubled parents, Von split most of his childhood between their… [more]

house-of-m_posterThe Unmasking of Our Attention Span

It was only a matter of time until someone in the comic industry remembered that outside media hype, in theory, should bring bigger sales. Perhaps they never forgot but simply chose to ignore it in… [more]

0-1Stormwatch, Part 2: Issues #0, 4-5

Yes, it’s late. There have been a number of technical difficulties this month, but I finally bring you the second part of our Stormwatch write-up. Enjoy, and as always, please feel free to comment. This… [more]

platesbandes030320061Independents and/or Avant-Garde

In the latest issue of l’Eprouvette, a critical review published by l’Association, BD creator Edmond Baudouin provides a retrospective look on his relationship to the medium. Since he hadn’t read much BD, he started in… [more]

moneyComic Book Retailing Part 4: Creating a Business Plan

Let me begin this column with an apology. I am sorry this is a few weeks late. We remodeled our store and purchased a very large collection from a customer at just about the same… [more]

250px-SupermanredsonIn the Beginning… #3

Search for a Superman When I started getting into comics, friends began recommending trade paperbacks for me to read. I was told I should read The Dark Night Returns, The Long Halloween, Batman: Year One… [more]

u-x-m 2Ultimate X-Men: The Tomorrow People

Ultimate X-Men #1-6 My first experience with the X-Men came in the animated form. I remember many Saturday mornings spent in front of the television watching the X-Men stick it to Magneto and his cronies.… [more]

Fig 1Could You Just Cover Yourself?

I started off so well with this column. I wrote two in the first month. Now, here I sit, nearly four months since my last piece, trying to figure out if I’m getting senile or… [more]

Sover7cover02Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven #2

Sovereign Seven #2 DC Comics August 1995 By Chris Claremont, Dwayne Turner & Jerome K. Moore “The Twelve Chairs” (32 Pages) The first Chris Claremont comic I ever read was X-Men (Vol. 2) #1, published… [more]

1634400x600The Old Gags Are Best: Milt Gross & Will Elder

Humor is a particular area of interest for me as a writer, and that’s especially true for comics. Indeed, though the medium is capable of addressing any style or genre (as I hope I’ve showed… [more]

from Superman Returns Prequel #3, page 15Superman Returns Prequel #3: Lex Luthor

How did Lex meet that girl Kitty anyway? Or that widow Gertrude? And what exactly was he up to for five years?

bio-400x22030 Under 30 Part 1: MK Reed

Mary Kate “MK” Reed (http://www.mkreed.com) noted at one point in her interview, “It’s comics or suicide”. She’s part of a generation of comics artists that is simply in love with the form, despite the many… [more]

one year laterWhat a Difference a Year Makes #1

Greetings, and welcome to what I hope to be the first of many articles in this series. As the title implies, I will be discussing the events surrounding DC’s “One Year Later” (OYL). The events… [more]