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bookcover_tempeModeration: Malkasian’s Temperance

There are few works out there like Cathy Malkasian’s Temperance. A wild story about a town held together by fear of an invading, unnamed, enemy army. Blessedbowl, the society formed around this central lie/plot, is… [more]

thespiderjudgmentofthedamnedThe Growing of Adult Pulp

In “The New 52 and the New Adult Pulp,” I asserted that DC’s new line followed the sensationalistic tradition of American pulp magazines, upon which most (though not all) early American comic books modeled their… [more]

11-01-2011 Man of SteelA Man of the Times

In the year 1942, America was embroiled in global conflict – she had entered World War II.  

pu_Holy_Terror_080Superheroes are More than Propaganda

It’s been five years since he originally announced it, and ten years since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, which inspired the story, but Frank Miller’s graphic novel Holy Terror has finally been released.

from The Fever of Urbicande, page 15The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 2

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue, some of that prologue’s implications, and chapter one of the comic proper. This time, we’ll continue into chapter two of this fascinating story.

rack1Perishable: How Monthlies Can Warp Our Perspectives

Talking about monthly comics vs the graphic novel is not revolutionary by any stretch. At this point we have heard from damn near every creator about which is preferred: the monthly comic or the graphic… [more]

catwoman1The New 52 and the New Adult Pulp

“Thriving on unconstrained creativity, held accountable to few standards of logic, believability or ‘good taste,’ the pulps were literary dream machines, offering regular entry to intensive worlds of excitement, danger, glory, romance.  Each brittle page… [more]

Comics JournalismComics Journalism: Learning about Current Events through Funny Books

It’s an exciting time to work in the field of comics today, even for those us—the comics critics and scholars—who possess far less artistic ability to create captivating images or weave spellbinding tales.

2007-11-03_091528_MotherBox450Siri Ushers in the Era of the Digital Sidekick

In a recent article for The Huffington Post’s tech section, author Steve Rosenbaum equated the new Siri software found in the latest iteration of Apple’s iPhone with robot sidekicks found in works of science fiction.

Chris ClaremontNew Documentary Film: Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men

Sequart and Respect Films are proud to announce a new documentary film, the first in a new series that will take advantage of new forms of distribution. A Kickstarter campaign has been created to help… [more]

from The Fever of Urbicande, page 5The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 1

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue and some of its implications. This time, we’ll dive into the story itself.

2022547-2022359_wolverineandthexmen_1_teaserheadmasterWolverine, Loner / Conformist

Always a fan favorite, Wolverine is a character that is in no fear of falling out of the public eye. It seems like every time a team book is pitched or a major event hatched… [more]

The_Legend_of_BatmanDamian, You Son of a Bat!

Damian is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al-Ghul, and has become one of the central characters in Morrison’s Batman epic and beyond.

frankmiller-asbar-angel-00DCU Animated: Some Meditations on Adaptations

Of all the comics I’ve read throughout the years, I think I’ve read Batman: Year One the most, so it’s sort of strange that it’s not a particularly memorable comic to me.

ACTION COMICS 1 - PAGE 13How to Level a Lumpy Playing Field

In The Linking Myth I stated that I thought that the Jungian approach to understanding the myths in all the stories humans tell proved superior to any linguistic analysis.

Palace of the Soviets (from Mechanix Illustrated, Sept 1939)The Fever of Urbicande: Ayn Rand, Totalitarian Architecture, Brutalism, and Busselization

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue, which sets up Eugen Robick’s status quo as the story starts. This time, we’ll explore some fascinating parallels and implications of that status quo. Also, I’ve… [more]

Superman Vs the Amazing Spider-Man (1976)On Superman Vs. the Amazing Spiderman

Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man was the most impossible thing. It simply could not be. It was a category error, a fanboy’s absurd daydream, a conceit to be associated with an alternate Earth where each family… [more]

pride of baghdadWhy I Believe in Comics

On NPR, there is a program called This I Believe… where respondents briefly explain their particular belief about a certain topic in around 500 or so words.

lolita0Picnic, Lightning: Panel Economy as Art

More is better. This seems to be a mantra reverberating through Western culture, finding its way even into comic books. But this is nothing new. Most readers will be more than a little acquainted with… [more]

Thor Movie picWhy Thor Soared and the Lantern Failed

Movie theaters in the summer of 2011, like most summers for the past 30-something years, were dominated by films heavy on crowd-pleasing elements, with particular attention to heavy FX content.

mfw_sivana_snbWhatever Happened to the Big Red Cheese, Part 5: Reboot

As much as people have blown the DC Relaunch out of proportion, reboots and relaunches have been a part of comics for decades now.

09-27-2011 Detective Comics SplashThe Art of the Hook

Why read comics?  We certainly have no lack of alternative material.  In fact, we are inundated with it!  There are enough web blogs and magazines to fill our entire lives with reading material.  Why should we choose comics, and… [more]

Fever in UrbicandeThe Fever of Urbicande: A French Masterpiece You Probably Haven’t Read

More than any other, this is the the book for which The Obscure Cities is famous. In his afterword to The Walls of Samaris, Benoît Peeters writes that his main criticism of that initial volume… [more]

The Big Lie #1 coverOn The Big Lie, by Rich Veitch and Gary Erskine

Before addressing this controversial comic, let’s establish one thing: anything by Rick Veitch is newsworthy and deserving of better than being written off. Veitch is one of the legends who renewed American comics in the… [more]

Green Lantern Corps scan 6On Green Lantern Corps #1: Of the People, By the People, For the People, Screw the People

I don’t know how to write about this, and I’m extremely nervous about trying to do so. Truthfully, I can’t deny that I’m tempted not to try.