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femalethorThe Coming of Comicgate: Backsides, Batgirl and Ethics in Hammer-Wielding

In my previous post I took a close look at the controversy surrounding the Batgirl #41 variant cover that occurred in March. Now, it’s time to take a look at how that debate fits into… [more]

CBC4CEastman-198Comic Book Covers 4 Cancer and My Father

As this writer sits in his living room trying to think up a good news story for Sequart. He can’t. His father is dying from a mix of lymphoma, liver, and colon cancer. [more]

Twin PeaksWhy I’m Not Excited about a Revival of Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks was a product of its time. Debuting in 1990, it was up against an awful lot of network TV nonsense. It was trailblazing in a lot of ways. But it simply doesn’t hold… [more]

jared_leto_joker_2016_killing_jokeDon’t Send in the Clowns: Jared Leto Isn’t Cool Enough to Be Joker

Remember when The Joker was cool? Do you remember how gratifying it would always be to see him reimagined for a new video game or cartoon? Or better yet, to see him re-adapted for another… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #18: …What is it Good for?

Avengers: Age of Ultron came and went, leaving audiences baffled and the podcast divided, as Shawn and Tom war it out for a bit before signing a peace treaty. Speaking of wars, the reviews of… [more]

Run chainHow Supporting Rap Duo Run the Jewels Supports Comic Book and Street Art Culture

While in contrast to Hip Hop’s legendary Supervillain, MF DOOM, Killer Mike and El-P have acted as music’s superheroes for the past two years. With their critically acclaimed sophomore album Run the Jewels 2, the… [more]

Joss-Whedon-and-Chris-Evans-on-the-set-of-The-Avengers-2012-Movie-ImageJoss Whedon: Where He is, Where He was, and Where He May be Going

It is no doubt that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the biggest blockbuster hit this year and Joss Whedon is the man that brought it to us. But after it’s all said and done,… [more]

batgirlvariantFrom Batgirl to Comicgate?: The Variant Cover Controversy

The Joker would be proud. On 13 March, DC Comics unveiled a set of variant covers for title due to be published in June. To mark the 75th anniversary of Batman’s archenemy, each of the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #17: The Big Red One

Giant-sized issue! Shawn and Tom discuss the Eisner nominations, July’s Previews, Netflix’s Daredevil, and Marvel and DC playing Musical Director’s Chairs. Plus: the Batman v. Superman trailer leads to Jesus, while the Fantastic Four trailer leads… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #16: Shiny Happy Podcast

In the wake of last episode’s Scandalpalooza, Tom and Shawn discover a whole new world of happy thoughts and positivity (with the exception of Michael Bay). Ego the Living Planet is name-dropped, Shawn prepares for… [more]

Dennis Quaid in Smart PeopleHow Movies Stereotype and Demonize College Professors

British and American films about college professors tend to depict them stereotypically—as atheistic alcoholic egomaniacs with social anxiety disorder and an uncontrollable desire to have sex with their students. Independent American films such as Smart… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #15: Notes on a Scandal

This is the long one… with almost two hours of talking Shawn & Tom attempt to make sense of the recent rush of controversies (including the Batgirl cover, Erik Larson, poor costume design, speech, and… [more]

Old school Barry 3Identity Crisis: How Iconism Hurts DC’s Characters

Most of everyone knows, especially through the hit TV show, that Barry Allen is the Flash. And he is. But he isn’t the Flash. For an entire generation, Wally West was the Flash. After 1986’s… [more]

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]