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Green_Lantern_Vol_3_50First Issue Spectacular! (or, What the Hell is This Garbage?)

Greetings! This is Tact is for the Weak, the comics articles that all the other articles avoid at the office. Generally speaking, this article will focus on the issues pertaining to the comics industry that… [more]

whip_1Get a Job!

I was always told that getting your second comic job is far more difficult than getting the first. That wasn’t really true for me. (Yes, I realize I am blessed. Feel free to hate me.)… [more]

moneyYears of Desperate Struggle

The comic book business is a royal pain in the ass. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a tough row to hoe, and anyone who writes or draws comics for a living… [more]

nemoAnniversary Blues

Up and down this year. We commemorated some anniversaries, added some others. Among the first, notably the publication of Einstein’s Specific at its centennial and Hiroshima + Nagasaki at their 60th. And among the second,… [more]

House of M 02Sleeping with the Enemy

I’m not a nice girl. I don’t have a conscience. I’ve even been told I don’t have a soul. I’m a cheater. Yeah, I said it. And I don’t care. When I was younger, I… [more]

liberality for allDon’t Tread On Me

Politics has invaded comics, and I’m pissed. What do G. Gordon Liddy, Oliver North, and and Sean Hannity all have in common? They’re superheroes. We have a convicted felon, a man that should have gone… [more]

wizarduniverse_Wizard World: More Commerce than Art

I’ve read comic books / graphic novels, whatever you want to call them, off and on through most of my young adult life. But I’ve never been to a comic book convention until this past… [more]

sandmanAbstract-Empire-China: must there be a Sandman?

I am being slightly humorous with the choice of title of course, but I wish to evoke the sense that the politics in this essay have been negotiated before, in a different context. The piece… [more]

hulkThe Use of Genre: Visions of The Incredible Hulk

Within the oeuvre of Jack Kirby, the Incredible Hulk arrives as one among many generic engagements with the monster archetype. The Hulk, a military-funded scientific experiment run amok, casts up specters of other works by… [more]

daniel clowesMoCCA 2005: On the Floor

MoCCA is held in the gorgeous and historical Puck Building, once the home of a beloved early 20th century periodical devoted to humor. It’s in the heart of New York’s trendy NoHo district, replete with… [more]

HabibiCoverMoCCA 2005: Move On Up

The 2005 MoCCA (Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art) Festival in New York was held on June 11th and 12th, and once again the event was a success in the face of a brutal heat… [more]

indexArtists to Seek out at MoCCA ’05

The fourth annual MoCCA Art Festival is coming up this weekend in New York City. Last year saw the festival truly mature into a well-organized event that still captured the quirkiness that its eclectic guest… [more]

imagesWizard World Philly: Sequart.com on Parade

It’s good to be back on the Blotter. It will be a little different this time, though, because we are the news for once! I’ll begin at the beginning. My buddy Sri and I, computer… [more]

swamp-thingOld Worlds For New

What interests me most about comics is directly, the medium itself. I came to this realization by something of a hard road. Ad astra, per aspera.About fifteen years ago, I remember attempting the, even-now, Herculean… [more]

Mark Millar's WantedThe State of American Comics Address, 2004

This is the fourth annual State of American Comics Address that I have given. The State of American Comics Address is intended to sum up, in retrospect and for the historical record, the American comics… [more]

230px-StanthemanNews From Yesteryear

Lee Entangled In Alliteration Of His Own Devising For Five Hours (1968) Work in the Marvel offices grinded to a halt last Thursday when famed funnybook frontman Stan Lee became entangled in a labyrinthine alliteration… [more]

Ultimate Spider-Man #49Tremble in Fear, Hollywood!

Hey, gang — welcome to another New Comics Day. I’m screwing around with the format of the column (again). Look for some more changes in the coming weeks. If you hate the new format and… [more]

Caper_Vol_1_1Comics News from Yesteryear

Salutations, all, and welcome to a special edition of New Comics Day. Rather than slaving away drunkenly at a computer trying to come up with new material, I spent several hours drunkenly culling through the… [more]

Wolverine looking tough on the cover of New X-Men #115Why I Hate Wolverine

Wolverine would have been a good recurring character in The Incredible Hulk, where he first appeared. And I would have defended him, retractable claws and all. But he can’t really sustain his own book, nor being… [more]

Alan Moore's Swamp ThingAttention Versus Quality (or Fuck the Market)

People love to complain about it. I can’t enter a comic shop without hearing it. Everyone in American comics seems to want another boom — as if the last one was good for us.

Bendis and Maleev's Daredevil #26The State of American Comics Address, 2003

Things are, in many ways, quite good in American comics. Sales stink, but the quality of the average comic book is really rather high.

Superman #75 (Jan 1993)Against Speculators

Comics in the early ’90s were full of collectors, people who bought comics not to read them but to collect them. And comic book companies catered to this market, printing multiple covers, foil-enhanced covers, holographic… [more]

Joe QuesadaMedia Coverage of Comic Books: The Case of 60 Minutes II

Tonight, I watched 60 Minutes II because I read online that Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, popular hero for returning (or contributing to the return of) Marvel Comics to greatness (or something closer), would be on the… [more]

Superman symbolSuperman 2002

Metropolis. A group of walking citizens suddenly stops on the street and stares hopefully toward the heavens.

Stan LeeAgainst Silver Age Marvel, the Cult of Stan Lee, and Fantastic Four (Annual) #1 / For Comic Books as Literary Art

To this day, one hears otherwise intelligent comic book creators saying that they want to recapture the joy of reading Fantastic Four #1, of its fun and its newness. This always shocks me, especially when it… [more]