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Ultra: Seven DaysOn Ultra: Seven Days

Welcome to “Trade Waiting,” a series where we wait till comic book arcs are collected in trade format so that we can study and analyze the story on a whole. We will focus on character… [more]

godland vol 1On GØDLAND

Welcome to “Trade Waiting,” a series where we wait ’till comic book arcs are collected in trade format so that we can study and analyze the story on a whole. We will focus on character… [more]

Power Girl's breasts are used as plot device... again.Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: A Brief History of Power Girl

Power Girl, one of the major players in Infinite Crisis, was one of several characters whose history became convoluted in the wake of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

wizardThe Truth about Selling Comics

Today’s article is not about me selling comics, it’s about those that try to sell them to me. Not the publishers, not the Diamond sales reps, but the collectors, former collectors, girl-friends of collectors, children… [more]

tumblr_lurj34Z2ri1r2vqxfo1_400Getting Down with the G.O.V. (or, Tactless V. America pt. 2)

Here comes the heater! That’s right, it’s time for another dose of Tact is for the Weak, the article that has no problem booty-calling your sister at three in the morning! Last week, I illustrated… [more]

House_of_MOn House of M

Welcome to “Trade Waiting,” where we wait till comic book arcs are collected in trade format so that we can study and analyze the story on a whole. We will focus on character arcs, plot… [more]

The Super Naturals #1Toney Tapia on DIY Publishing and Jam Packed Productions

Continuing with our in-depth look at the DIY publishing movement, Sequart’s Robert A. Emmons, Jr. sat down with the excitable and enthusiastic President and Editor-in-Chief of Jam Packed Productions and writer of the new series The… [more]

swamp thingYeah, But Can You Draw?

I realized after publishing my last column that I forgot to mention one minor element that is crucial to actually making something of oneself in the comic business. You actually have to be able to… [more]

Magnus Robot Righter #1 (May 1991)The Ten Most Important Comic Books of the 1990s

The 1990s was an incredible decade for comics. More people were buying and reading them than ever before and, in turn, more new publishers and new titles came into being.

16Whatever Happened to Big Brother? (or, Tactless V. America pt. 1)

Welcome, one and all! It’s time to once again indulge in the great wonders of Tact is for the Weak, the article that won’t take no shit from nobody! There comes a time in a… [more]

identitycrisis2On Identity Crisis

Welcome to “Trade Waiting,” where we wait till comic book arcs are collected in trade format so that we can study and analyze the story on a whole. We will focus on character arcs, plot… [more]

u xm 1Why are British Writers so Popular?

It is something that has always interested me as a British reader, and something I briefly touched on in my previous column; comics are a quintessentially American art form, so how come so many of… [more]

comics_diamond_comic_distributors_incDefending Diamond

Diamond Comics Distributors is an easy target, but it’s not really a fair one. Preface The company’s exclusive rights to distribute DC and Marvel to comic book stores effectively forces all comic book stores to… [more]

green-lantern-rebirthOh, no! I’m Late! (or, Daddy’s Girl’s Worst Day Ever)

Rise and shine, sleepyhead; it’s time for Tact is for the Weak, the article that gives out laxative fudge for Halloween! Last week, I concluded my article with a plea for you, the comics fans,… [more]

pugg-wall-clock__13080_PE040801_S4Act Your Age! (or, Forever Young)

Hey, there, good lookin’! It’s time for another helping of Tact is for the Week, the article that would definitely cop a feel from other articles on a crowded bus! This article is a special… [more]

Bloodshot 0Valiant Days, Valiant Nights: A Look Back on the Rise and Fall of Valiant

Some might remember Valiant Comics for their rich storytelling and astonishing artwork. Others might remember Valiant for their innovations like issue zeros, chromium covers, and free comics. One thing for certain is that the nineties… [more]

Green_Arrow_Vol_3_59The House of D (or, The Secret History of Diamond)

Welcome, all you rubberneckers, to the great slow-motion train wreck that is Tact is for the Weak, the column that would TOTALLY make out with your sister!Last week, I discussed my general discontent with Diamond… [more]

judge-dredd_02The Evolution of a UK Comic Fan

Over here in the UK, comics aren’t as enmeshed in our psyche as our US counterparts’. For us, comics all began with The Beano and Dandy, with Dennis the Menace (not that one, ours was… [more]

The cover to Hawkman #46, sans title and indicia.Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: Hawkman #46

Having just concluded a two-part look at Hawkman’s history, including the storyline ending in Hawkman #45, the last issue before the title began to be affected by Infinite Crisis, we now turn to Hawkman #46, which ties into The… [more]

DIAMOND-LOGO-color-650x187Diamondopoly (or, Second Issue Spectacular!)

Hello, my babies! It’s time for another edition of Tact is for the Weak, the column that definitely won’t send you flowers the morning after! Let’s face it: unless you own a comic shop, you… [more]

Hawkman #1 (May 2002)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: A Brief History of Hawkman, Part 2

Having previously examined the history of Hawkman from his Golden Age origins through the new Hawkgirl’s debut in JSA, we now conclude our look at Hawkman, terminating just before The Rann-Thanagar War.

Storm, by Eric Jerome DickeyEric Jerome Dickey on Writing Black Characters for Marvel Comics

When Eric Jerome Dickey was just a youth growing up in Memphis, Tennessee during the late ’60s and early ’70s, he, like many other young boys his age, got hooked on the comic book craze… [more]

encyclopedia1Encyclomania: A Look at Some Comics Encyclopedias

Looking at the etymology of the word encyclopedia one reads “[Med. Lat. encyclopaedia, general education course <Gk.enkuklopaideia< enkuklios paideia, general education.]” I know, sounds boring, and far too ambiguous to be of great value.

Green_Lantern_Vol_3_50First Issue Spectacular! (or, What the Hell is This Garbage?)

Greetings! This is Tact is for the Weak, the comics articles that all the other articles avoid at the office. Generally speaking, this article will focus on the issues pertaining to the comics industry that… [more]

whip_1Get a Job!

I was always told that getting your second comic job is far more difficult than getting the first. That wasn’t really true for me. (Yes, I realize I am blessed. Feel free to hate me.)… [more]