Editorials

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Maine Hearst newspaperMedia and Conflict: Reflections on the Centenary of WWI

Today, as I write this, it is 4 August 2014, the centenary of WWI. Or, as I prefer to conceptualize it as a historian, Act I in a Century of Tragedy. Niall Ferguson calls it… [more]

black-jesus-tv-reviewOn Black Jesus: Adult Swim’s Reimagining of the Messiah

I wasn’t surprised to see that late night programmer Adult Swim was going to put on a show called Black Jesus. I’ve been watching the network since my early teens (now about 10 years), recalling… [more]

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-poster-21It’s Okay to Criticize Guardians of the Galaxy

I read Julian Darius’ essay on Guardians of the Galaxy with great interest, just as I read Stephanie Zacharek’s review of the same film. Both of them have come under fire on social media (Julian’s… [more]

Erica as Thor GirlWhy Can’t Erica be Thor?

This is Erica. She will be the first to tell you all about the meaning of her name, and how it’s described in various books as the name for a female warrior, with adjectives like… [more]

photoMy First Comic Con

My first experience at San Diego Comic Con was almost overwhelming. And I mean that in a literal sense: there were many times when I felt an almost irresistible temptation to “take a knee” and… [more]

nasa-mohawk-guyNASA vs Popular Culture: They’re Cooler Than You Think

Along with several others in the Sequart family, I’m going to be attending San Diego Comic-Con this week. One of the panels I’m excited to see is hosted by Seth Green and called “NASA’s Next… [more]

Jeff Baldwin Supes picPower Fantasies: Superman, Jeffrey Baldwin and the Worth of a Publishing Brand

Jeffrey Baldwin was powerless. The five year-old had lived, and died, locked in a cold bedroom in the Toronto house where he was left unchecked after being removed from the custody of his parents. In… [more]

shepherd-bookSerenity is Really Missing its Shepherd and Companion

Looking back over the now-complete series Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, which will mark the beginning of a continuing Serenity comic series, as well as the other short-run “miniseries” of Serenity comics that have emerged… [more]

Death-of-Wolverine-McNiven-coverThe Possibilities of Death

It is summer time again, which means it is time for comic publishers to unveil their big story lines for the year, and likely kill a beloved character. Marvel has been teasing that Wolverine may… [more]

Image1An Open Reply to Fantasy Author Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick, In your most recent blog post, you replied to an article that I wrote for Sequart, “Six Reasons Why the Kingkiller Chronicle is the Next Game of Thrones.” You wrote: “Over the years, I’ve been… [more]

Pam NolesAn Apology to Pam Noles

Early this year, I wrote an analysis of an interview Alan Moore did with Pádraig Ó Méalóid. One day after it went live, I learned that the “Batman scholar” referenced in the interview (whom I’d… [more]

Call me a snob if you want, Brusha, but I’m judging Fly before I read it.Zenescope’s Joe Brusha and the Problem with Provocative Covers

Founded in 2005 by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, Zenescope’s notorious covers have been a topic of intense conversation within the comic community for the entirety of the company’s history.  From souped-up, sexy Dorothy and… [more]

jason-mewesJason Mewes Survives to Age 40

The day has come that many would have bet every farm in the Midwest we would never see: Jason Mewes has just turned 40 years old. Mewes is the Sid Vicious or Keith Moon of… [more]

Strange Tales FeaturedI Read an Old and Valuable Comic… And Liked It

I was recently reading my tattered paperback copy of Bester’s The Stars My Destination for a future article and happened to check on when this very beat-up book was released. It turns out that I… [more]

Star Wars Planet of the ApesWhat’s a Franchise and Which One is the Best?

I wrote about which film series count as franchises and which one I thought was the best. And used math to prove my point! Here’s a clue – it may be related to the series I’ve been reviewing for weeks. [more]

janie as velmaThe Importance of Consent at Conventions

“Could I take your picture? I’m collecting pictures of all of the cosplayers and making them into trading cards.” This was 2006, and I was dressed – I feel very convincingly – as Velma from… [more]

Whistler's DaughterWomen in Super-Hero Movies: We Still Have a Long Way to Go

I was watching Tomb Raider last night, and while I love Angelina Jolie and the movie, there is one scene that makes me absolutely crazy at the beginning: Angelina Jolie’s character, Lara Croft takes a… [more]

wallHugs1American Dad Finishes its Run on Fox

Although this weekend saw the release of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, it also saw the first weekend without one of his other shows, American Dad, on Fox. After nine… [more]

Electricomics logoWhat is Electricomics? Right Now, It’s an Illustration of Comics “Journalism”

Over the previous few days, virtually every comics site has covered the announcement that Alan Moore’s creating a new app which will somehow revolutionize digital comics. It’s called “Electricomics,” and it’s been reported as both… [more]

faceLife Behind the Visor: Tracking Cyclops through the X-Men Films

What happened to Cyclops? It’s a question that’s been burning inside me since the ludicrously terrible “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Finally, “Days of Future Past” provides some answers. [more]

Edgar WrightWhy Edgar Wright Leaving Ant-Man is a Big Deal

On Friday, news broke that Edgar Wright was leaving as director of Marvel’s Ant-Man film, which he’d long helmed and represented to the public. Wright is probably best known for 2004′s Shawn of the Dead. That… [more]

Teen Titans 01An Almost Unnoticed Side-Effect: Thoughts on the Janelle Asselin / Teen Titans Cover Controversy

Heard about the recent Teen Titans controversy? For any mainstream comics fans living under a rock the last several weeks, the latest development in the recent series of social justice related uproars in the comics… [more]

X-Men: Days of Future PastWith Days of Future Past Released, Where Does Fox’s Cinematic Universe Stand?

With the release of Days of Future Past, it’s time to reassess how Fox’s X-Men movie universe is progressing — and what it needs to do, if it’s going to be able to mount a… [more]

Sensational She-Hulk 34.cbz - Page 1Is She-Hulk Too Sexy?: Goyer vs. Lee

I can’t be the only person on this planet who finds She-Hulk sexy. That combination of va-va-voom curves, strength and intelligence (the last is important) is a hugely attractive blend. So, the only question is… [more]

Batfleck (first look)Some Cautious Thoughts on Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman

Yesterday, Batman v Superman got a subtitle — Dawn of Justice — and began filming. I wrote about the film in a news story, but I thought I’d complement that with a few brief thoughts,… [more]