Editorials

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

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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]

2270_50541518394_8473_nCustomer Loyalty: Your Turn

Customer loyalty is an interesting thing in the comic book business. Some customers prefer to shop at a variety of stores, while others will shop at the same place year after year. Some people love… [more]

hellboymovie_posterReintroduction

I’ve been checking around and am reasonably certain that Ms. Manners (oh how I love my Judith Martin) would advise me to start off this, my first article in this series, with some kind words… [more]

GreggConPic01smDr. Sequartlove (or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Con)

Manchester is an odd place at 9:00am on a Saturday. At a time when most people are doing something sensible or worthwhile (like sleeping), I made my trek to the G-Mex Centre throughout the large… [more]

mccloudheadComics’ Identity Crisis: Claiming “Art” is a Misguided Quest

Comics have a bit of an identity crisis: our culture cannot decide what they really are, leaving them to pay the price both financially and legally.

demoComic Book Retailing Part 7: Common Questions Answered

I have had a bunch of people contact me during my series on opening a comic book store. Some of them asked similar questions, so I thought I would share the answers with everyone, so… [more]

Marvel Nemesis Rise of the ImperfectsThe Best Comics-Based Videogames Around

There have been comic book characters cropping up in video games for years, pretty much since the inception of the gaming console. And comic creators have been helping out the game industry for a while… [more]

superman-2-poster01The Slow, Donnerward Spiral pt. 2 (or, Stories of a Hollywood Retcon)

Hello again, my minions, and welcome to a new edition of Tact is for the Weak, the column that still believes Rumsfeld was behind 9/11. As many of you know, director Richard Donner (of “The… [more]

American_Splendor_no_1In The Beginning…#5

A Different Kind of Hero The popular preconception of comics is that they’re all about costumed crime fighters battling super-villains and saving the city / world, but of course there is a lot more to… [more]

Civil WarIn Defense of Lateness

There’s been a lot of commotion in recent years over late — sometimes very late — high-profile books.

Omega_Men_v.2_1Here Comes the Son (or, Super-Baby-Daddy Drama)

Oyez, oyez, dear readers, and welcome to the court of Tact is for the Weak, the column with the honorable Brian Graiser presiding all UP in that grill! Recently, writer Grant Morrison whipped up a… [more]

marketingComic Book Retailing Part 6: Marketing

Of all the things I’ve shared with you so far on opening and running your own comic book store, this might be one of the most important. Advertising and marketing are the main tools for… [more]

hwy 115Best Behavior: SPX 2006

Introduction I’ve written extensively about the MOCCA festival for this website, but the event that truly changed the course of how I think about comics was the Small Press Expo, or SPX. It opened my… [more]

2680033-lex_luthor_comic_bookComic Sense #4: The Art of Structure, Part III: Artwork

Welcome back to Comic Sense. The third in our discussion of story structure, this piece takes a look at the role of the artist in the creation of a comic book story. Comic books are… [more]

Green_Lantern_Corps_Vol_2_5Infinite Retcons (or, How I Spent My Last $25)

Good evening, ladies and worms, and welcome to Tact is for the Weak, the article that will soon be available in variant hardcover edition for a mere $55! Last week, DC Comics published its hardcover… [more]

The_Joker_by_jossielaraThe Good, the Bad, and the Fugly: Comic Books and Duality

We have explored costumed comic book heroes and villains, dancing out the eternal ballet of good versus evil. Their world is black and white. Batman will forever be at odds with the Joker, the pendulum… [more]

250px-1_Year_Later_BulletIn the Beginning… #4

Whether it is uninviting and difficult or fascinating and exciting is a matter of opinion, but it is undeniable that at the moment the DC Universe is a confusing place to newcomers. In all probability,… [more]

images25th Issue Spectacular! (or, What the Hell, It’s a Party!)

Greetings, fans, and welcome to Tact is for the Weak, the article that doesn’t know the meaning of the word “moderation” (or “restraining order”). I usually don’t admit to many mistakes (because, let’s face it,… [more]