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Sequart logoSmorgasbord #39: A Fistful of Nothing

This week on the Smorgasbord: Tom and Shawn discuss AMC’s Preacher, the Civil War trailer (you know which one), the return of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to their iconic roles, questionable decisions at Valiant,… [more]

Dinosaur ExtinctionThe Near and Distant Horizon

Timeliness is next to prescience, or something like that.  Here I was preparing this screed when I chanced upon an article by a person who insists that the survival of comic books is dependent upon… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #38: Moon Witch is Gonna Get Ya

The Iron Fist casting news brings with it a large discussion which dominates the episode as Shawn and Tom discuss the Marvel monochrome universe, the diminished importance of source fidelity, and being uncomfortable by heaving… [more]

ty0neic0o4jqee5oms8eWhat Marvel and Fox Should Learn from Deadpool

The breakout movie-related story of the past couple of weeks has been the astounding box-office success of Deadpool, the most popular R-rated superhero film ever made. It isn’t, in fact, the first film of that… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #37: The Merc with the Merch

Shawn & Tom talk DC reboot (again), DC exclusives (including the man who would be Tom King), the unexpected success of the Deadpool film (and the results thereof), and some of the driest previews ever… [more]

Robin and Batman, from Superman Annual #11 (1985)Sidekicks Aside: Is The Concept of a Hero Partner Dying or Returning Slowly to Life?

What is the purpose of a sidekick? The word itself arouses about as much sympathy as one would receive when he or she is referred to as a “second wheel” or “second class citizen” by… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #36: Rebirthing Pains

It’s a cavalcade of bad news as Tom and Shawn discuss the first casualty of All-New All-Different Marvel, more Angoulême shenanigans, the consequences of disturbing Hanna-Barbera’s grave, rumors of yet another DC reboot, and possible… [more]

mohawk stormOn X-(Wo)men and Third-Wave Feminism

Sometimes you find ideological influences in the unlikeliest places. For example, X-Men comic books helped make me a feminist. Those comics were some of the first places that I saw women as leads who did… [more]

CaD9uYiWYAAT6ZxIt’s Long Past Time to Retire the Term “Graphic Novel”

In comics, we’re always struggling with titles and definition. At least, some of us struggle with these things when conversing with people outside the field of comics studies. For everyone I’ve ever met who is… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #35: Going 911 on 4.99

Tom and Shawn get all combative in a very angry Smorgasbord, as they discuss the new Suicide Squad trailer, Image series ending too early, Marvel superhero (and price) inflation, and a complete rundown of the… [more]

Tales from The Crypt #21The Days of EC: A Critical Examination of the Pulp Books of the Past and What They Can Teach Us About Our Future

The pages were pulpy and the colors were bright, the ink was fresh and the dialogue had been waxed freshly onto each page and all it cost was a nickel to buy. The panels were… [more]

Alexander-DaneSaying Goodbye to Alan Rickman

With the recent passing of Alan Rickman, it’s appropriate to recognize this versatile, powerful actor and (by all accounts) wonderful human being by celebrating one of his iconic roles. We’re referring, of course, to 1999’s… [more]

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek ComicsInside the Frontier: What Non-Comic Readers Can Learn From Reading The Star Trek Comics

What kind of relationship do comic books and films share? This is a broad, subjective, and fairly debatable question to ask most comic readers, but it is still nonetheless a question that continuously courses through… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #34: Cherchez la Femme

Tom and Shawn ring in the new year with movie rumors, a surprise appearance from 2000AD‘s back catalog, and the Angouleme Grand Prix’s questionable grasp of the word “history.” We also review Spider-Man / Deadpool… [more]

ishopThe Influence of Consumerism on Geek Culture

For many, the return of Star Wars (and a good one at that) to the big screen could be likened to the second coming of Christ. The franchise is a cultural phenomenon celebrated around the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #33: The Smorgies Award 2015

Join Tom and Shawn and special guest star Maayan Priel (Legend of Fangirls) for the second annual Smorgasbord award show, as we recall the best (and worst) 2015 had to offer… from Best Writer to… [more]

moneyFinance and Comics: Why the World of Trades, Stocks, and Financial Analysis can be a Suitable Genre in Comics

The realm of comics is filled with many genres, with the notables ranging from the traditional superhero, to the macabre-based horror, hard-boiled crime, sensational mysteries, classic sci-fi, fantasy, and the occasional emergence of erotica and… [more]

BP and WSErasing Black Panther to Render Him Safe

The Captain America: Civil War trailer has caused a lot of excitement with fans. And certain images have gone onto become instant memes and gifs. Newspapers, reviewers, as well as comic book related journals, have… [more]

Batman Earth One Vol 2Visuals and Styles: The Differences, The Similarities, and The Necessities

There is nothing like opening a fresh comic book and flipping through its glossy pages and seeing artwork that captivates you on several different levels. However, this method is not only captivating because it gives… [more]

Image taken from North Richland Hills Library Website copyright 2015The Question of Literature and Why Comic Books Deserve to be Classified as Such

How many books do you read a year? This is a question that is frequently asked by voracious readers whenever they feel the need to see if a person is reading as much as they… [more]

Risk imageTake on the Risks: Why a Risk-taking Attitude is Necessary to the Future of Comics

Is it worth the risk? Industry professionals ask themselves this question whenever they are about to embark on a new project. Most of the time it is answered in a variety of ways, with creators… [more]

jimmy_corrigan_the_smartest_kid_on_earth1Great Jimmy Corrigan: An Analysis of Comic Book Techniques Featured in the Acclaimed Graphic Novel

It is always comforting when one stumbles upon a comic that is less advertised than those seen at the LCS. It is a time when one purchases a book that’s only source of marketing has… [more]

Star Wars posterThe Crazy Star Wars Theory that Makes Sense of Everything

Watching both Star Wars trilogies, it’s hard not to notice the incongruities. The prequels are longer — and also bigger, with a cast of thousands and elaborate lightsaber battles. They feel different. The original trilogy features old-fashioned… [more]

The-Martian-Matt-DamonWhy Didn’t I Love The Martian?

Of all people, I should have loved The Martian. If I were to imagine a Hollywood film perfectly calibrated to my tastes as a) someone with a background in science, b) a gigantic space nerd… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #32: Kurtrissa Explains It All

In which one should know better than to pick a fight with Kurt Busiek, Iron Fist gets its showrunner, Frank Miller is not the father, war is still good for absolutely nothing at Marvel, and… [more]