Editorials

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

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The War to End All Wars (or, Tactless V. America pt. 3 of 3)

Drum roll, please! rrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrll….(all the drummers out there will get that joke) Welcome, one and all, to a very special edition of the single most important source of our national pride: Tact is for the… [more]

The Truth about Selling Comics

Today’s article is not about me selling comics, it’s about those that try to sell them to me. Not the publishers, not the Diamond sales reps, but the collectors, former collectors, girl-friends of collectors, children… [more]

Getting Down with the G.O.V. (or, Tactless V. America pt. 2)

Here comes the heater! That’s right, it’s time for another dose of Tact is for the Weak, the article that has no problem booty-calling your sister at three in the morning! Last week, I illustrated… [more]

Yeah, But Can You Draw?

I realized after publishing my last column that I forgot to mention one minor element that is crucial to actually making something of oneself in the comic business. You actually have to be able to… [more]

The Ten Most Important Comic Books of the 1990s

The 1990s was an incredible decade for comics. More people were buying and reading them than ever before and, in turn, more new publishers and new titles came into being.

Whatever Happened to Big Brother? (or, Tactless V. America pt. 1)

Welcome, one and all! It’s time to once again indulge in the great wonders of Tact is for the Weak, the article that won’t take no shit from nobody! There comes a time in a… [more]

Why are British Writers so Popular?

It is something that has always interested me as a British reader, and something I briefly touched on in my previous column; comics are a quintessentially American art form, so how come so many of… [more]

Defending Diamond

Diamond Comics Distributors is an easy target, but it’s not really a fair one. Preface The company’s exclusive rights to distribute DC and Marvel to comic book stores effectively forces all comic book stores to… [more]

Oh, no! I’m Late! (or, Daddy’s Girl’s Worst Day Ever)

Rise and shine, sleepyhead; it’s time for Tact is for the Weak, the article that gives out laxative fudge for Halloween! Last week, I concluded my article with a plea for you, the comics fans,… [more]

Act Your Age! (or, Forever Young)

Hey, there, good lookin’! It’s time for another helping of Tact is for the Week, the article that would definitely cop a feel from other articles on a crowded bus! This article is a special… [more]

Valiant Days, Valiant Nights: A Look Back on the Rise and Fall of Valiant

Some might remember Valiant Comics for their rich storytelling and astonishing artwork. Others might remember Valiant for their innovations like issue zeros, chromium covers, and free comics. One thing for certain is that the nineties… [more]

The House of D (or, The Secret History of Diamond)

Welcome, all you rubberneckers, to the great slow-motion train wreck that is Tact is for the Weak, the column that would TOTALLY make out with your sister!Last week, I discussed my general discontent with Diamond… [more]

The Evolution of a UK Comic Fan

Over here in the UK, comics aren’t as enmeshed in our psyche as our US counterparts’. For us, comics all began with The Beano and Dandy, with Dennis the Menace (not that one, ours was… [more]

Diamondopoly (or, Second Issue Spectacular!)

Hello, my babies! It’s time for another edition of Tact is for the Weak, the column that definitely won’t send you flowers the morning after! Let’s face it: unless you own a comic shop, you… [more]

Encyclomania: A Look at Some Comics Encyclopedias

Looking at the etymology of the word encyclopedia one reads “[Med. Lat. encyclopaedia, general education course <Gk.enkuklopaideia< enkuklios paideia, general education.]” I know, sounds boring, and far too ambiguous to be of great value.

First 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]

Get 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]

Years 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]

Anniversary 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]

Sleeping 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]

Don’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]

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]

Abstract-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]

The 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]

MoCCA 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]