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June 2011

In the words of Blink 182, "What's my age again?"Canada Hates Comics

Canadian customs officials have charged a U.S. citizen with possession of child pornography based on his possession of manga comics on a digital device. If found guilty, he faces a minimum of one year in prison…… [more]

Justice Society of America #10Erasing the Justice Society

In the continuity of DC’s relaunches, Superman will reportedly be the first super-hero. This implies that the Justice Society will have been wiped from continuity, and that seems to be DC’s current plan. This isn’t… [more]

green_lantern-posterBlame it on Hector: A Green Lantern Movie Review

I’ve wanted to watch a live-action Green Lantern movie ever since I was ten years old, so to say that I was excited for this film is a gross understatement.

Diagram for Delinquents Promo #4Diagram for Delinquents Update #8: You’ve Been Seduced

I created another promo for Diagram for Delinquents, our upcoming documentary film on Fredric Wertham and comic books. As I become inspired by things I encounter during the filmmaking process I will use those to… [more]

Batman blackjackWhy I (Don’t) Hate Bat-Man, Part 2

In which we continue our look, begun here, at the first year of the Batman’s existence.

"Oh, I've wasted my life..."The Pop Manifesto

It’s not the responsibility of a manifesto to make sense. It’s the job of a manifesto to make it appear that the things which it claims to oppose don’t make sense.

Anti-DRM imageIssues in Digital Comics Distribution — and Where We’re Heading

Assuming we recognize the very real and pressing need for a comprehensive digital comics policy, several issues still remain that must be solved, before we can envision what such a policy would look like.

digital comicOn Digital Comics Distribution

We all know it’s the future. We all know we’re behind the gun. Playing catch up. And scared. But we’ve been here before.

Diagram for Delinquents broadsheet promo #2Diagram for Delinquents Update #7: The Reboot

Dear Backers, Believers, and the Curious (Soon to be Recruited to the Cause): Let me begin by again thanking the Kickstarter funders for your support and belief in our documentary film, Diagram for Delinquents. This film… [more]

Static Shock #1 (2011)The Diversity of DC’s Relaunch, by the Numbers

Since DC has publicly stated that its line-wide relaunch is partially to increase the diversity of its line, it’s worth asking how the relaunched titles stack up in this regard, including some hard quantitative analysis… [more]

Thor movie posterThor as Camp

Thor is a glitzy, glossy summer movie. It’s also high camp in the traditional sense: super-serious and apparently blissfully unaware of how utterly ridiculous it is on every level. It may take itself more seriously… [more]

Swamp Thing #1 (2011)A Closer Look at DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch: Non-Super-Hero Offerings

Beyond its super-hero offerings, DC’s relaunch includes its “dark” magic titles, which incorporates some Vertigo characters into the DCU, and also a few non-super-hero, non-supernatural titles. How do these stack up, as part of an… [more]

Aquaman #1 (2011)A Closer Look at DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch: The Rest of the Super-Heroes

In addition to its more obvious “big guns,” DC’s relaunch includes a bunch of other super-hero offerings, including a promising new Aquaman series, new WildStorm-based titles such as Stormwatch, and many more. We’ll examine each here.

Action Comics #1 (2011)A Closer Look at DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch: The Big Guns

Unless you’re hiding under a rock, you’ve heard that DC is relaunching its entire super-hero line, including venerable mainstays like Action Comics and Detective Comics, in the wake of the company’s Flashpoint crossover.

Batgirl #1 (2011)“Fixing” Barbara Gordon’s Legs: The Politics of Retconning a Disability

What does it mean when you take the most successful disabled character in comics and reverse her disability?

DetectiveWhy I Hate Bat-Man, Part 1

The Bat-Man was not a bad-ass. He was an idiot.

Action 1Action Comics #1 and the Superman We Know and Love

Action Comics #1 is the quintessential comic book. Beyond simply being Superman’s first appearance, the cover is iconic, and it holds the distinction of being the most expensive comic book of all time. If ever… [more]

Captain Cold FlashpointOn Flashpoint #1: Sex, Gender, and the Superhero Crossover

We’ll talk of the value of Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint #1 solely in the context of a superhero comic at another time, but it’s worth saying in passing that it’s in many ways a… [more]