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hi res Drag Star logoEvan Peterson on Writing, Academia, and His New Video Game Drag Star!

Evan J. Peterson is a Swiss Army Knife of writers. In addition to being the creator of what he describes as the ‘Evan-verse,’ he has published non-fiction, poems, short horror and science fiction stories, and… [more]

Duerr and O’Neill’s The Temple of SilenceThe Invisible Art that Makes The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley

Recently, I read an article by Noah Charney about Davie Bowie and William Boyd’s connection to an obscure American abstract expressionist artist Nat Tate, operating in the mid-twentieth century, who destroyed most of his paintings,… [more]

Batman 321 page 12A Birthday Card for a Friend

One of my childhood friends turns 80 today. Perhaps he’s your friend too. [more]

us-familyJordan Peele’s Us: One for the Ages

“Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.” -Jeremiah 11:11 “Hell’s… [more]

FRANK CoverJordan Thomas on Frank at Home on the Farm #1

Frank at Home on the Farm is a wild and unique new book from publisher Mad Robot Comics. Created by writer Jordan Thomas and artist Clark Bint, Frank is a psychological horror mystery set in… [more]

Stormwatch volume 2 number 2“I won’t wear one of those damnfool spandex body-condom things. I don’t have the bust for it”: Superhero Costume in the WildStorm Comics of Warren Ellis, Part 1

The title of this essay comes from lines spoken by the character Jenny Sparks in Warren Ellis’s first issue as writer on the WildStorm title Stormwatch (#37, July 1996), after she is recruited to the… [more]

Carol DanversMy Thoughts on Captain Marvel: It’s Complicated

Here be spoilers… I went into my 10:30a showing of Captain Marvel not really knowing anything about Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel. At a time when the entire media market is glutted with superhero films… [more]

The MignolaverseSequart Releases The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola, edited by S.G. Hammond. In 1993, Mike Mignola debuted Hellboy, beginning a universe that would expand to include… [more]

Spider-Verse image 4Academics on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Released on December 14, 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a movie that shouldn’t exist. Superhero movies have been dominated by live action adaptations for well over a decade, while animated comic book movies have… [more]

Image1 10Review of The Lost Puzzler

(I am a Harper Voyager Super Reader: HarperVoyager gives me free advance copies of upcoming science-fiction and fantasy titles, and in return I write honest reviews. This one is spoiler-free; I reveal nothing you couldn’t… [more]

image 2Too Much of Everything

Launched in the last month of 2018, TKO Studios is a new publisher that sets out to “redefine the industry.” Their first wave of announced comics includes titles like Sara – a World War II… [more]

Deltarune EmblemThis Next Experiment and the Values of Fun: Toby Fox and Gaster’s Deltarune Part III

In our second article, I wrote about Undertale, the presence of W.D. Gaster in the game and its code, the collaborative dynamic between Toby Fox and his audience as well as the implications it had… [more]

gunning for hits 2Gunning for Hits #1: Image Comics and Power and Responsibility

2019 has just barely put on its socks and we already have our first whiff a controversy in the comics-corner of the world. To wit: the first issue of the new Image series Gunning for… [more]

Time is a Flat Circle: Examining True Detective, Season OneSequart Releases Time is a Flat Circle: Examining True Detective, Season One

Just in time for tonight’s season-three debut, Sequart is proud to announce the publication of Time is a Flat Circle: Examining True Detective, Season One, by Melissa Milazzo. When it premiered in 2014, the first season… [more]

The Unbelievable Gwenpool 017 (2017)Breaking Panels, Breaking Time: Examples of the Connection Between Panel Construction and Narrative Time

In Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, he makes the comment, “To kill a man between panels is to condemn him to a thousand deaths”. An incredibly evocative piece of language, and very poetic in itself. But… [more]

Undertale Intro 201XPreliminaries in Undertale: Toby Fox and Gaster’s Deltarune Part II

Where we last left off, I wrote a general outline of how Toby Fox’s work in game hacking, music creation, and his participation in and moderation of EarthBound forums helped influence his development of Undertale,… [more]