Editorials

Opinion pieces. Views expressed are not necessarily those of Sequart.

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Sequart logoSmorgasbord #14: The Case of the Defeathered Duck

On this episode: Shawn and Tom discuss Valiant’s attempt to create its own cinematic universe, Black Mask Studios want to make “Tube Comics” a thing, Michelle Rodriguez doesn’t like thieves, and Tom briefly discusses the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #13: Satan, TM

In this hour-and-40-minutes spectacular, Shawn and Tom wrestle with the solicitations for the month of May, grapple with the first image of the cienametic Aquaman, tussle with a whole host of TV announcements (including a… [more]

Don't Bite the Hook, coverOn Internet Outrage and Choosing Not to “Bite the Hook”

Last Monday, The Guardian published a piece on contemporary comics that asked the question, “When did the comic-book universe become so banal?”  It was written by an art critic and former comic book reader who… [more]

jules-hr-600x300A Facebook Conversation About Pulp Fiction

I’m a Facebook addict, but it is a nice place to live when not visiting the material realm because I have cool friends. I know a lot of people who don’t like Facebook because their… [more]

IMG_8614Amazon Did Not Kill the Comic Shop (or, How My Daughter Saved the Shop)

On the eve of this year’s annual ComicPro Meeting, an international meet-up of the best and brightest brick-and-mortar comic book retailers, I am happy to announce that Amazon did not kill the comic shop. In… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #12: The Fish People Messed with our Sound

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor horrible recording equipment (sorry folks, this episode might prove a bit echo-y) will stop Shawn and Tom from talking about comics. In this episode, we talk at length… [more]

JUSTL_Cv40_1_25_var (1)DC is Re-Branding (or De-Branding) Its Universe. So What?

Note: This is a “companion editorial”—of sorts—to the “Marvel Is Rebooting Its Universe. So What?” piece I wrote for Sequat on Wednesday, January 21st. Apparently there’s something of a PR war going on between the… [more]

asdfAmerican Sniper is Bad for America

In recent weeks, the culture of uncritical patriotism has returned to the news with the release of the film American Sniper. Chris Kyle’s case, and that of his supporters, involves a certain level of wrapping… [more]

Android's dungeonAmazon Killed the Comic-Book Store

Author’s Note: The following editorial is intended to highlight the ramifications of digital distribution, the overhead in producing printed comics, and what changes this could bring to the industry as brick and mortar publishing companies, including DC and Marvel, increasingly… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #11: Rage against The Dying and the Dead

Tom and Shawn are in it for long haul as they discuss a metric ton of news, including but not limited to the supposed end of the Marvel Universe, the resurrection of Milestone Media, Image… [more]

MarvelSecretWarsMarvel is Rebooting Its Universe. So What?

“Don’t change anything, just give the illusion of change.” Those words—or something very much like them, at any rate—have been attributed to Stan Lee for ages now, and it’s been painfully obvious that Roy Thomas,… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #10: Whisker Monsters Improve Everything

After a week off Shawn and Tom are back at comics-talk game, starting with the huge news backlog — including the possibility of Spider-Man hopping to the Marvel Cinematic universe (and why it’s a bad… [more]

image_logoImage Comics Launches Mail-Order Service: A Threat to Comics Ecology?

Image Comics announced this past Thursday that they will now be offering a direct mail service to their US customers for over 35 of their most popular titles, including Rat Queens, Sex Criminals, The Walking… [more]

charlie-hebdoJe Suis Charlie

Editor’s Note: Due to some confusion from early reports, the article stated that Hamyd Mourad, brother-in-law to the Kouachi brothers, was the getaway driver for the brothers. He was in no way involved. He turned… [more]

TopShelfLogoIDW Publishing Acquires Top Shelf

Big news in the business side of comics: IDW has acquired Top Shelf Productions. Based in Georgia, this relatively small comics label has been responsible for some of the classiest and most high-quality releases in… [more]

6_1387196982_540x540Comics Were Everywhere in 2014… Just Think of What 2015 Can Bring

Comics were everywhere in 2014, and not just from my perspective. Check your Facebook page, or Twitter feed, and if you’re anything like me you’ll see at least one (probably three) Cyanide and Happiness, for… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #9: The Smorgies Awards 2014

Per podcasting law, the end of each and every year requires an awards show of some sort, so here it is: The Smorgies 2014! (Yes, we’re doing an annual after only 8 episodes that ran… [more]

Nickelodeon LogoNickelodeon’s Business Strategies are Threatening Its Future

As of late, a new trend is forming within the children’s cartoon industry. The industry is seeing more creatively liberal cartoons that contain darker undertones and flawed (yet likable or understandable) characters rarely (if ever)… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #8: It Came from the 1980s!

Shawn and Tom are oddly excited about the prospects of the Jem and the Holograms comic book adaptations, which leads them through a weary road of the yet untapped 1980s nostalgia market. Also, in news, the now… [more]

filth00021Screw the Star Wars Trailer

I like Star Wars. Swear to god. I really like Star Wars. I know it’s bad for me. I know that it’s not really worth the love. I really do. But I like it. I… [more]

IMAGE 6Outside Comic-cons

I have not been going to Comic-Cons for a long time, but I am passionate about comic books. When I first decided to go to my city’s Comiccon (Montréal), I did not really know what… [more]

Saturday-1st-Ms-Marvel-Kamala-Khan-2The Tribes of Fans: How Tribalism is Pulling Comics in the Wrong Direction

We have reached an interesting (and exciting) point in comics history.  For the first time in, well, ever, women are almost neck in neck for comic book readership.  This year there was even market research… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #7: Rats, Ducks, and Angry Birds

In this episode, Shawn and Tom cover a rather large bunch of news including Roc Upchurch’s removal from Rat Queens, the new Howard the Duck title (and whether or not Steve Gerber is spinning in his grave),… [more]

SAMPLE-SLIDES.168-e1308532399731Is It Time To Retire The Concept Of “Spoiler”?

As part of my continuing series addressing important questions in modern geek culture, this time I’m going to discuss the concept of the “spoiler”. There’s a rumour, or at least a legend, that Herman Mankiewicz,… [more]

FullSizeRenderWhy I Am Thankful: How Sequart Has Changed My Life

I’ve played a large role in discouraging personal writing in posts on Sequart in the past months, only because how we feel and who we are intrudes on objective analysis of a text or work.… [more]