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Warren EllisWarren Ellis on the Future Happening Everywhere

Warren Ellis has made a career of thinking about the future. Here, he discusses the ways that the future is happening all around us, even when we’re not aware of it.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012The Image Revolution at Comic-Con

If you’re going to be at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, be sure to stop by our panel about The Image Revolution, our forthcoming documentary film about Image Comics. On the panel will be director and… [more]

MilesMiles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man, Part 1

I don’t like to address politics very often when I write about comics.

fun-home-coverComics as Catharsis: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Comic literature is truly an exciting field, as it expands its canon to include more than the super-hero genre that got things started in the 1930s and ’40s.

image 5Meet the Magus, Part 4: Phantasmagoria and the Occult in Saga of the Swamp Thing

The most pertinent question to ask of ourselves at the outset of discussing fictional works by Moore that deal in some way with magic or even the occult is “what is the difference between a… [more]

9 khOn Hawkworld, by Timothy Truman and Alcatena (1989)

In the shadows of the planet Thanagar’s great High Towers, where the three billion souls of the Empire’s alien underclass are segregated away in the most squalid and soul-butchering of conditions, there’s a statue of… [more]

from Planetary #20Warren Ellis and the Fantastic Four

Warren Ellis hates super-heroes. At least, that’s what people say. He certainly has played his part, through a few off-the-cuff remarks, in this misconception. But it would be more accurate to say that Ellis hates… [more]

Jim ShooterJim Shooter on Breaking into Comics

Jim Shooter wrote DC’s Legion of Super-heroes in the 1970s. What they didn’t know was that he was only 13 years old at the time. Here, Jim Shooter discusses how he became one of the… [more]

564365_300580083351242_101198429956076_664060_986584987_nSpider-Man, Boy Genius

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St Swithins Day coverGrant Morrison’s Day-Glo Years: St. Swithin’s Day

During the early ’90s, Grant Morrison was wrapping up his acclaimed runs on Doom Patrol and Animal Man and moving away from mainstream super-heroics.

20cov“Loose Ends”: Alan Moore’s First Issue of Swamp Thing

Saga of the Swamp Thing #20: “Loose Ends” Cover date: Jan 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Penciler: Dan Day. Inker: John Totleben. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Cover: Tom Yeates. Editor: Len Wein.

1 comicsOn Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America (1941)

1-2-3-4! Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s “The Case of the Hollow Men” is punk super-heroics.

The Fever of Urbicande, bottom of page 45The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 4 Concludes

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue (and some of its implications), as well as chapters one, two, three (in two parts), and most of four (parts one, two, and three). We now conclude our… [more]

Robert KirkmanRobert Kirkman on Developing the Walking Dead TV Series

The Walking Dead‘s 100th issue is poised to be one of the highest selling comics in years, its blockbuster success fueled by the record-breaking TV series.

Screen shot 2012-05-19 at 11.38.27 AMThe Venom Formula, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the new version  of Venom as he appears in the cartoon series Ultimate Spider-Man.

Asterios ProfileMazzuchelli’s Asterios Polyp and the Fine Line

Have you read David Mazzuchelli’s Asterios Polyp? If not, you should. This graphic novel exemplifies the type of comic that makes excellent use of its visual components and economic use of language

Image 7jMeet the Magus, Part 3: The Deep Green, Jack of the Green, and the Swamp Thing

Ten years before Alan Moore informed friends and family that he would be pursuing the path of a practicing magician, he began working for the megalithic American comics company DC on the production of The… [more]

1 Cover ResizeOn Green Arrow, by Mike W. Barr and Trevor Von Eeden (1983)

Any amount of risible super-pirate Cap’n Lash is far, far too much, and there are five pages and more of the wretched character in writer Mike W. Barr and artist Trevor Von Eeden’s 1983 mini-series… [more]

from Fever of Urbicande, page 42More The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 4

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue (and some of its implications), as well as chapters one, two, three (in two parts), and most of four (in two parts). We now continue our look… [more]

Madelyne PryorChris Claremont on the Original Plan for Maddy Pryor

Chris Claremont’s run on X-Men / Uncanny X-Men was a milestone achievement for Marvel and super-hero comics in general, spanning seventeen years and hundreds of stories. One of Claremont’s more intriguing characters was Maddy Pryor

The-Amazing-Spider-ManSpidey Suit

Spider-Man is known for taking chances with his wardrobe.

Kill Your Boyfriend 01Grant Morrison’s Day-Glo Years: Kill Your Boyfriend

NOTE: Rather than start chronologically in the early ’90s, I chose to begin my exploration of Grant’s Day-Glo Years with a work that best exemplifies the themes, motifs, and energy of that era of his career

HouseOfSecrets92A Ghost Dressed in Weeds: Unearthing Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing

Alan Moore began his career as a minor cartoonist working for his local newspaper and U.K. music magazines, producing humour strips like Maxwell the Magic Cat, Roscoe Moscow, and The Stars My Degradation.

1 CoverOn Charley’s War, by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun (1979-80)

You have to be careful what chapter of Charley’s War you pick to introduce yourself to the strip. It’s all too easy to stumble upon a three- or four-page episode that, at first, seems to… [more]

from The Fever of Urbicande, page 41The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 4 (Cont.)

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue (and some of its implications), as well as chapters one, two, three (in two parts), and the beginning of four. Although it’s been a while, we… [more]