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Tales from the Black FreighterFrom the Deck of the Black Freighter

My wife outright refuses to read the Black Freighter portions of Watchmen. Every time I press her on the issue, she complains, “They’re boring! I don’t want to read about pirates!”

All Star Superman #1Why the World Needs a Superman

A professor at my school has started buying comics for his son, and he asked me to suggest some titles. He had purchased a few issues of Morrison’s Batman and a few of Levitz’s new Legion… [more]

12-2All-Stars: How does the Miller / Lee Batman stack up to the Morrison / Quitely Superman?

Once upon a time, Tim Callahan and Chad Nevett completely disagreed about some comics. This is that time. Tim Callahan: So All-Star Superman #12 finally came out, and I wrote about the whole series at… [more]

BruceWayneTDKHoly Hollywood, Batman!

Earlier this summer, Christian Bale, hands down the greatest actor to ever dress up in pointy ears and mutter “I’m Batman,” professed to a reporter that he would quit the series if Batman’s pixie-ish sidekick… [more]

Teenagers from the Future: Essays on the Legion of Super-HeroesHow I Learned to Love the Legion

This is a few days old, but Timothy Callahan opens his most recent column, “When Worlds Collide” over at CBR, with a reference to me. Which puts me one step closer to world domination.

page from Arkham AsylumGrant Morrison: From the Asylum to the Star

Grant Morrison has been one of the three most influential writers working in mainstream comics over the last 20 years (the other two being Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman).

Amy RacecarAmy Racecar and the Question of Gender: Women in Action-Based Comics

I was having a lot of difficulty in trying to write my first article about such a prickly subject as women and their perception and relation to sequential art, comics and graphic novels specifically.

joker 2A Taste for the Theatrical

As the world thaws from the shock of actor Heath Ledger’s sudden passing, I am inspired to take a closer look into the Frankenstein’s monster that he had spent the last few months of his… [more]

DC Versus MarvelFight the Comic Aristocracy

A few years ago I worked on a graphic book with author Thom Hartmann, titled We the People, that focuses on the pervasive influence that mega-corporations have on American government. While drawing it, I began… [more]

1Tact is for the Weak #48 by Brian Graiser 9 Nov 2007

Welcome, fans, to another installment of Tact is for the Weak, the article that has yet to receive a well-deserved Peabody Award! Perhaps you’ve noticed my conspicuous absence from these hallowed halls; I’m sorry to… [more]

Kingdom_Come_TPOrdering Tips

I have been a busy store owner these last few months, with summer being one of our busiest times of year. Now things have settled down slightly so I have found the time to think… [more]

Spidrman-spider-man-34793159-1400-1400Wealth and Fame, He’s Ignored…

Peter Parker was a nerdy kid from Queens who was constantly picked on by the jocks at his high school. Girls didn’t like him, and he didn’t really have any friends. He was a social… [more]

imagesA Writer’s Response to WizardWorld Philadelphia 2007

This past weekend, many comic writers, artists, and fans of all ages, sizes, genders, and race (I believe I saw some Klingons and some Skrulls) made their way to Philadelphia for the city’s annual WizardWorld… [more]

Classic-spider-manSpider-Sense Tingling

It’s a small buzzing in the base of the skull that warns Peter Parker of danger yet to happen — Spider-Man’s spider-sense, originally discovered by the Chameleon as he was sending a message to Spider-Man… [more]

dc comicsTurning Points

These last couple of years we have seen a revolution of sorts in both mainstream companies. Bigger stories, with more continuity, are the order of the day, and long year-spanning stories, which involve every player… [more]

wolverine1982series1American Thesis #5: The Revisionary Superhero and a New Breed of Comics

After the industry’s expansion, through the use of direct distribution, comic books matured into a more intelligent and enjoyable entertainment. As readership of independent and underground comics increased, new characters emerged with dark and complicated… [more]

marvel mystery comicsDiggin’ Up Gold! #3 — Original Comic Shops

The Original Comic Shop Today’s comic fans hear the term comic shop and it could only mean one thing; your local comic book and hobby specialty store. So when reading the title “The Original Comic… [more]

superman659A Response to Superman #659

It is hard to see Superman with some kind of religious connotation. The God-like savior from a distant world, sent to Earth to hear our cries for help and protect us from harm. He answers… [more]

imagesDiggin’ Up Gold! #2

Donald Duck Comics Banned? No matter where you go, if you look hard enough you can find it. In print, on the internet, in trivia games and more. If you look for it you can… [more]

grant_twitterUsing Blood to Wash a Wound

Something hit me today while I was in the middle of College Comp 2 class, listening to a lecture on grammar. As my editor could probably tell you, I should have probably done my best… [more]

2270_50541518394_8473_nBe a Better Customer

For nearly a year now I’ve been writing these articles, sharing with fellow Sequart readers what it is like being a comic book store owner. In some articles I rant, in others I give advice.… [more]

The DestructorDiggin’ Up Gold! #1

The Story of Atlas/Seaboard Comics The roots of the company now known as Atlas/Seaboard Comics can be seen as far back the summer of 1968. That was when Marvel Comics founder Martin Goodman sold Marvel… [more]

starbucksCustomer Loyalty

Because there are so few comic book stores around, there has been little study of what gets a customer to shop at one comic book store over another, and what might get them to change.… [more]

comicspro-logoDirect Market Team-Up

I have written several articles on my suggestions for becoming a successful comic book retailer. In this column I’m going to fill you in on something a successful comic book retailer needs to do for… [more]

Star Wars 3May the Chi Be With You

For the last week or longer I’ve been going through my annual Star Wars binge where I watch every movie plus all of their bonus features over and over again until inevitably someone outside has… [more]