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Sequart logoSmorgasbord #31: The Mad Machinations of Mr. Miller

Tom and Shawn talk Hollywood as a new Crow movie is brought up, Captain America: Civil War gets its first trailer, and Iron Fist becomes a Schrodinger-like phenomenon. In actual comics talk, Frank Miller promises more Dark Knight… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #30.1: Bunns of Steel

With Tom running amok in England, Shawn invites local Boy Wonder Hagai Palevsky to discuss the latest developments in comics, including Cullen Bunn’s brush with fandom drama, the Means-Shannon Mishap, a most unwelcome return at… [more]

Tomorrowland_posterTomorrowland: I Hope

It took some time, but I finally got around to seeing Brad Bird’s fascinating sci-fi film Tomorrowland, and this morning I am somewhat shocked to discover that, when I have a quick gaze across the… [more]

v-de-vendetta-comicRemembering the Fifth of November: V for Vendetta

It’s the fifth of November, so I offer my humble thoughts on one of the true classics of our favourite medium. This is by no means an exhaustive analysis, simply a reflection on the book… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #30: Fox Hunt

Tom and Shawn try to figure out what’s eating Ales Kot, 200 years still isn’t enough time to get anyone to care about Krypton, the first Previews of 2016 looks depressingly similar to the last… [more]

jacobs-ladder-movie-nurse-no-eyes-needleThe Two Films That Actually Scared Me

It seems too simple and trite to carry any real wisdom, but it’s worth repeating that horror movies need to be scary. Not just disgusting or disturbing, or visually interesting in some artistic way, but… [more]

star_wars_poster_full.0.0The New Star Wars Trailer: It’s All Real

I know what JJ Abrams, his marketing team and the entire apparatus of the Hollywood marketing machine are doing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’m aware, at least to some extent, of how the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #29: The Once and Future Eisner Award Winner

Tom and Shawn grapple with the post NYCC landscape, including the Mighty Marvel Movie Shuffle, Dynamite’s women in fancy new duds, more 80s properties on their way to IDW (we saw it coming!), the possible… [more]

Copyright DC Comics 2015And His Name Is Scott: Why Scott Snyder’s Work Exemplifies Magnificent Superhero Storytelling

There are numerous writers whose talents have lead to tremendous careers in the comic industry. With the greats ranging for Moore to Morrison, Miller to Pope, and Rucka to Brubaker, the list goes on of… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #28: Sandcastles in the Sand

Tom and Shawn discuss recent news out of Baltimore, Mark Millar’s third run at playing Simon Cowell, the redemption of Chip Zdarsky, Genndy Tartakovsky’s CAGE!, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s upcoming run on Black Panther (and why people… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #27: Happy Anniversary!

The Smorgasbord is a year old! To celebrate this milestone, Tom and Shawn offer a giant-sized extravaganza in which we discuss the last Previews of 2014, Bad Luck Guillermo, Batman walking in on Robin in… [more]

Placeholder_couple_superheroWhy I Am Not A Superhero Fan

I’m fairly open about my own tastes and predilections when it comes to comics, or any other medium. I’ll freely admit to anyone who cares to ask that, while I love comics, I’m not that… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #26: Totes Outrageous

Kevin Feige flees from under the thumb of Ike Perlmutter, Mockingbird finally goes to pilot, Secret Wars multiplies, the alluring possibilities of avant-garde author Mark Z, Danielewski taking a crack at writing Deadpool… these are just some… [more]

Fantastic Four #51, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby copyThe Sky is Not Falling: Steven Spielberg and the Death of the Superhero Movie

In a recent interview with the Associated Press to promote his upcoming Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, director Steven Spielberg said that the superhero move would eventually “go the way of the Western.”  He… [more]

The_Martian_film_posterThe Martian: Already a Problematic Adaptation

Like many fans of literate, thoughtful, plausible science fiction, I greeted the news that Ridley Scott would be directing the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s the Martian with great enthusiasm. The fact that the script… [more]

pop-cultureThe Value of Cultural Literacy

Cultural literacy doesn’t appear to be a value that all segments of society embrace. Or, at least, some groups in our world embrace it in a very different way from me. I’ve recently had a… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #25: How Dare You, Chip Zdarsky

Stephen Amell takes method acting to new levels, Mark Millar seeks greener pastures for his fertilizer, the Ignatz Awards nominees are announced, a new legal precedent for Kickstarter may have some interesting ripple effects, and… [more]

c3b69c966a181d7b5bcd0dc6f5b124adComics and Literacy: Still Struggling

I recently encountered some (sadly) all-too-familiar anti-comics sentiment, and alas I think it reflects an attitude in society that has yet to pass away. When I am engaged to teach students, particularly students trying to… [more]

pixels_movie-widePixels and Why Video Game Films Never Succeed

The release and instantaneous failure of Adam Sandler’s latest production Pixels shines light on one of Hollywood’s longtime pitfalls – movie adaptations of video games and their utter lack of success. While not a direct… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #24: Schrodinger’s Gambit

This week on Smorgasbord, Channing Tatum is/is not Gambit, Hercules is/is not heterosexual, Bill Willingham is/is not Real-Life Mr. Dark, and Fant4stic is terrible in all possible universes. We also review John Flood #1, Dark… [more]

the-kentsMa and Pa Kent vs Man of Steel

Who is Superman, really? That’s one of the more compelling questions about one of the most interesting figures in world culture. (I don’t think of Superman as being a “comic book” character. Since at least… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #23: Islands in the Sun

Our cups runneth over as Tom and Shawn discuss SDCC trailers and casting news, October Previews, and Marvel’s attempt to revive Franklin Delano Bluth. We also review the first issues of Power Up, Godzilla in… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #22: Spirited Away

It’s the pre-SDCC episode, so don’t expect any big news. Instead, Shawn and Tom find the time to talk about Warren Ellis’s new James Bond title, Dan Slott’s new Twitter war with Bleeding Cool, Dynamite… [more]

alexross1The Folly of Male Supermasculinity

When I discovered comic books I was already in college, but their influence was present in my life far before that. I had seen all the Batman films (Burton and Schumacher’s work) and the venerable… [more]

rdj_sdccThis Year at SDCC, Buy a Comic!

It’s that time of year again, when people from the comics and entertainment industries gather in San Diego for four days of peace, love and music… Well, not precisely that. As someone who attended San… [more]