Magazine Archives for:

November 2011

Keeping the World Strange (revised first edition)Sequart’s Books Get New, Cheaper Editions

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization’s entire line of eight books of comics scholarship is now available in revised editions featuring significantly lower cover prices.

Nerd_Hulk_(Earth-1610)_0002Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 7: The One About Vampires

With the release of each new issue of Ultimate Comics Avengers 3, I would call up my friend Caleb (fellow contributor to Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide) and we would laugh about how far… [more]

000031-pageFrank Miller Controversy

Having written a recent column dealing with Frank Miller’s “Holy Terror” graphic novel, and subsequently one regarding the Occupy protests, I feel that it would be pertinent for me to follow them up with a… [more]

The Fever of Urbicande, bottom of page 26The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 3 (Cont.)

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue, some of that prologue’s implications, chapter one, chapter two, and the beginning of chapter three. This time, we’ll conclude our look at chapter three, in which the… [more]

Punisher-89The Greatest Movie in the World – Punisher (1989)

Movie audiences today take super-hero films for granted. This year alone saw the release of five super-hero films, but in 1989, they were far more rare. Yet, here is the little film that could.

Frank-Miller1Who Needs Killing?: Frank Miller and Blanket Morality

Each day we get closer to having to admit that some of our heroes have views we disagree with. Some views we might even call nuts. Sure, we might love our heroes to be a… [more]

Stan_LeeStan Lee, Presented

“A creative producer is very involved with the writing, even though he does not do the screenplay and is not the author of the original material.  You work with the writer, you guide the writer,… [more]

dodolaHabibi: What Works and What Doesn’t

Since alternative comics creator Craig Thompson released critically acclaimed Blankets in 2003, little work has been seen from the artist until the recent Pantheon publication of Habibi this past September.

27061-4034-30027-1-v-for-vendetta_superV for Vendetta Provides a Face for the Frustrated

If you follow my twitter feed at all, you might notice lately that I have been retweeting several updates from various professional journalism and citizen journalism sources regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Fever of Urbicande, bottom of page 20The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 3

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue, some of that prologue’s implications, and chapters one and two. This time, we’ll continue to chapter three of this fascinating story.

Chris ClaremontWhy Chris Claremont’s X-Men?: A Look at Comics in Focus

Over the past two years, I’ve produced two feature length documentaries about iconic comic book writers, Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts. I’ve also thought a lot about what other stories… [more]

bookcover_tempeModeration: Malkasian’s Temperance

There are few works out there like Cathy Malkasian’s Temperance. A wild story about a town held together by fear of an invading, unnamed, enemy army. Blessedbowl, the society formed around this central lie/plot, is… [more]

thespiderjudgmentofthedamnedThe Growing of Adult Pulp

In “The New 52 and the New Adult Pulp,” I asserted that DC’s new line followed the sensationalistic tradition of American pulp magazines, upon which most (though not all) early American comic books modeled their… [more]

11-01-2011 Man of SteelA Man of the Times

In the year 1942, America was embroiled in global conflict – she had entered World War II.  

pu_Holy_Terror_080Superheroes are More than Propaganda

It’s been five years since he originally announced it, and ten years since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, which inspired the story, but Frank Miller’s graphic novel Holy Terror has finally been released.

from The Fever of Urbicande, page 15The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 2

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue, some of that prologue’s implications, and chapter one of the comic proper. This time, we’ll continue into chapter two of this fascinating story.

rack1Perishable: How Monthlies Can Warp Our Perspectives

Talking about monthly comics vs the graphic novel is not revolutionary by any stretch. At this point we have heard from damn near every creator about which is preferred: the monthly comic or the graphic… [more]

catwoman1The New 52 and the New Adult Pulp

“Thriving on unconstrained creativity, held accountable to few standards of logic, believability or ‘good taste,’ the pulps were literary dream machines, offering regular entry to intensive worlds of excitement, danger, glory, romance.  Each brittle page… [more]

Comics JournalismComics Journalism: Learning about Current Events through Funny Books

It’s an exciting time to work in the field of comics today, even for those us—the comics critics and scholars—who possess far less artistic ability to create captivating images or weave spellbinding tales.

2007-11-03_091528_MotherBox450Siri Ushers in the Era of the Digital Sidekick

In a recent article for The Huffington Post’s tech section, author Steve Rosenbaum equated the new Siri software found in the latest iteration of Apple’s iPhone with robot sidekicks found in works of science fiction.

Chris ClaremontNew Documentary Film: Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men

Sequart and Respect Films are proud to announce a new documentary film, the first in a new series that will take advantage of new forms of distribution. A Kickstarter campaign has been created to help… [more]

from The Fever of Urbicande, page 5The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 1

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue and some of its implications. This time, we’ll dive into the story itself.

2022547-2022359_wolverineandthexmen_1_teaserheadmasterWolverine, Loner / Conformist

Always a fan favorite, Wolverine is a character that is in no fear of falling out of the public eye. It seems like every time a team book is pitched or a major event hatched… [more]

The_Legend_of_BatmanDamian, You Son of a Bat!

Damian is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al-Ghul, and has become one of the central characters in Morrison’s Batman epic and beyond.

frankmiller-asbar-angel-00DCU Animated: Some Meditations on Adaptations

Of all the comics I’ve read throughout the years, I think I’ve read Batman: Year One the most, so it’s sort of strange that it’s not a particularly memorable comic to me.