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CA.0413.the.avengers.A Marvel Cinematic Universe Wish List

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including their Netflix series, is expanding rapidly. Since having kids, the wife and I can’t seem to keep up. I’m not sure she’s as impatient to see Captain America: Civil War… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #42: The 99% Strikes Back

After a week off, Shawn & Tom are back to deal with the fallout from Shelly Bond’s firing from Vertigo, Oni’s new imprint, the release of Captain America: Civil War, movie announcements for both Sexcastle and Irredeemable,… [more]

1401x788-000063.1674.16192_YogaHosers_still1_HarleyQuinnSmith_LilyRoseDepp__byAllanAmatoKevin Smith’s Critic-Proof Yoga Hosers Trailer Debuts

For the past few years, particularly since the release of 2011’s Red State, Kevin Smith has led a (mostly) one-man campaign to carve his own path through 21st-century popular culture. Temporarily ditching his film career… [more]

Donald TrumpPolitics, Comics, and Trump: How the Current Political Landscape is Mimicking Comic Heroes and Villains

It’s difficult not to make any comparisons between what is happening in the current political landscape and what is, and always has happened, in the pages of comics. Yes, I understand that I am a… [more]

netflix-better-call-saulBetter Call Saul vs Breaking Bad: Companion Pieces in a Compelling Universe

A piece by Slate magazine’s Julia Turner is making the rounds today that argues passionately why Better Call Saul is the superior show, when compared with its parent, Breaking Bad. It’s a great piece, and… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #41: The Cat who Vomits Blood and Other Grisly Tales

The post Emerald City Comicon is a very strange place indeed, with DC announcing a new mature comics imprint, IDW assimilating other companies as if it were the Borg, HeroesCon facing backlash over the Virginia… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #40: He Came from (and in) Canada

On this Very Special Episode of Smorgasbord, Tom and Shawn talk about dissenting critical opinions of Batman v Superman and season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, Dark Tick is a thing we’re pretty sure nobody asked… [more]

justice-league-war-2Thoughts on Batman V Superman

When I was first introduced to Zack Snyder’s DC universe, with Man of Steel, I was very hopeful for the project given Snyder’s previous track record with comic book films. I’ve heard from the multitudes… [more]

Image 2Why CBS Would be Right to Cancel Supergirl: A Ratings and Narrative Analysis

Before diving into this very long article I feel that I should lay my cards on the table. I enjoy watching Supergirl. I enjoy watching most television shows based on comic books. I also have a… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #39: A Fistful of Nothing

This week on the Smorgasbord: Tom and Shawn discuss AMC’s Preacher, the Civil War trailer (you know which one), the return of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to their iconic roles, questionable decisions at Valiant,… [more]

Dinosaur ExtinctionThe Near and Distant Horizon

Timeliness is next to prescience, or something like that.  Here I was preparing this screed when I chanced upon an article by a person who insists that the survival of comic books is dependent upon… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #38: Moon Witch is Gonna Get Ya

The Iron Fist casting news brings with it a large discussion which dominates the episode as Shawn and Tom discuss the Marvel monochrome universe, the diminished importance of source fidelity, and being uncomfortable by heaving… [more]

ty0neic0o4jqee5oms8eWhat Marvel and Fox Should Learn from Deadpool

The breakout movie-related story of the past couple of weeks has been the astounding box-office success of Deadpool, the most popular R-rated superhero film ever made. It isn’t, in fact, the first film of that… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #37: The Merc with the Merch

Shawn & Tom talk DC reboot (again), DC exclusives (including the man who would be Tom King), the unexpected success of the Deadpool film (and the results thereof), and some of the driest previews ever… [more]

Robin and Batman, from Superman Annual #11 (1985)Sidekicks Aside: Is The Concept of a Hero Partner Dying or Returning Slowly to Life?

What is the purpose of a sidekick? The word itself arouses about as much sympathy as one would receive when he or she is referred to as a “second wheel” or “second class citizen” by… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #36: Rebirthing Pains

It’s a cavalcade of bad news as Tom and Shawn discuss the first casualty of All-New All-Different Marvel, more Angoulême shenanigans, the consequences of disturbing Hanna-Barbera’s grave, rumors of yet another DC reboot, and possible… [more]

mohawk stormOn X-(Wo)men and Third-Wave Feminism

Sometimes you find ideological influences in the unlikeliest places. For example, X-Men comic books helped make me a feminist. Those comics were some of the first places that I saw women as leads who did… [more]

CaD9uYiWYAAT6ZxIt’s Long Past Time to Retire the Term “Graphic Novel”

In comics, we’re always struggling with titles and definition. At least, some of us struggle with these things when conversing with people outside the field of comics studies. For everyone I’ve ever met who is… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #35: Going 911 on 4.99

Tom and Shawn get all combative in a very angry Smorgasbord, as they discuss the new Suicide Squad trailer, Image series ending too early, Marvel superhero (and price) inflation, and a complete rundown of the… [more]

Tales from The Crypt #21The Days of EC: A Critical Examination of the Pulp Books of the Past and What They Can Teach Us About Our Future

The pages were pulpy and the colors were bright, the ink was fresh and the dialogue had been waxed freshly onto each page and all it cost was a nickel to buy. The panels were… [more]

Alexander-DaneSaying Goodbye to Alan Rickman

With the recent passing of Alan Rickman, it’s appropriate to recognize this versatile, powerful actor and (by all accounts) wonderful human being by celebrating one of his iconic roles. We’re referring, of course, to 1999’s… [more]

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek ComicsInside the Frontier: What Non-Comic Readers Can Learn From Reading The Star Trek Comics

What kind of relationship do comic books and films share? This is a broad, subjective, and fairly debatable question to ask most comic readers, but it is still nonetheless a question that continuously courses through… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #34: Cherchez la Femme

Tom and Shawn ring in the new year with movie rumors, a surprise appearance from 2000AD‘s back catalog, and the Angouleme Grand Prix’s questionable grasp of the word “history.” We also review Spider-Man / Deadpool… [more]

ishopThe Influence of Consumerism on Geek Culture

For many, the return of Star Wars (and a good one at that) to the big screen could be likened to the second coming of Christ. The franchise is a cultural phenomenon celebrated around the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #33: The Smorgies Award 2015

Join Tom and Shawn and special guest star Maayan Priel (Legend of Fangirls) for the second annual Smorgasbord award show, as we recall the best (and worst) 2015 had to offer… from Best Writer to… [more]