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Superman ReturnsWhat Bryan Singer Has Done

What Bryan Singer has done, with Superman Returns, is to create something lastingly sublime.

stormwatch-48Looks Like Rain

Welcome to the series “Looks Like Rain,” which will end up being a detailed exploration of the Wildstorm Universe from its origins in Image through to its current position as part of DC. First of… [more]

moneyComic Book Retailing Part 2: Basic Business Ownership

In my last piece, I discussed why I became a comic book retailer, as well as why some other folks got into the business as well. There were a couple of key points in that… [more]

gabrielleportraitThe Delicate Line and Subtle Wit of Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell has taken a career course that is not unfamiliar in the arts-comics world: an early series of minis where she experimented with different styles and learned her chops; a number of memorable appearances… [more]

serenity1Comic Sense #1: Dig Right In

Maybe you overheard a conversation between two strangers on a bus debating the moral and ethical implications of a superhero registration act. Perhaps a favorite writer of yours just announced a new project – in… [more]

x-factor 71The Peter David Factor: Part 1

Hi, everyone. I’m going to be doing an issue by issue review of Peter David’s first run on X-Factor. Thanks to Sequart.com for allowing me to do this (and let’s hope they don’t end up… [more]

Flash #1I’m Gonna Sex You Up! (or, Why Wonder Girl Isn’t Allowed Out Any More)

Aloha, my tactless brethren, and welcome to another installment of Tact is for the Weak, the article that has naked pictures of all those other articles from that one really crazy party back in January!… [more]

296578American Thesis #1: Introduction

Matthew Pustz, author of Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers, argues that any serious comic book reader can remember his or her very first comic. Many readers recall a surprising amount about the book… [more]

Firestorm #20 (Feb 2006)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: Firestorm in Space

Besides being featured on a few pages in Infinite Crisis, Donna’s group starred in five issues once they took off into space on New Cronus.

S701-01Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven

Call me crazy, but I want to write about Sovereign Seven. Why? Well, because for a short time, Chris Claremont wrote for DC Comics. And no one seems to care. Besides Stan Lee, no one… [more]

doodle1Summer Guidelines

Just a few quick hits this week; I have a big project brewing for my next column. But this is a good time for some recommendations: ** If you’re doing some comics-related travelling this summer… [more]

Ultimate Spider-Man# 1House of Marvel #1: The House That Marvel Built

I’m a relative newcomer to comics. In fact, my first exposure to the American side of things only came a few years ago in the form of Ultimate Spider-Man #1, which was released in an… [more]

thThe Other

Spider-Man is Marvel’s greatest icon, its most instantly recognizable contribution to pop culture. Endless merchandise and two blockbuster hit films have brought the company millions upon millions of dollars from this one character since his… [more]

armageddon2001SPOILER WARNING! (or, Stop the Presses!)

*ATTENTION ALL READERS* As most of you are aware, this week’s Tact is for the Weak has NOT been published at its regularly-scheduled time of 12:00 PM on Friday afternoon (which you SHOULD already know;… [more]

xo cover 3The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 3)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the articles whose goal is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but some of the… [more]

Why Comics MatterWhy Comics Matter

The following video consists of a lecture I delivered on 5 January 2006 at Glen Carbon Centennial Library in Glen Carbon, Illinois. The total runtime is 46 minutes.

tilting at windmillsComic Book Retailing Part 1: Why Do I Do This?

In my next several articles, I plan on discussing, in great detail, more about being a comic book retailer. This piece gives some insight into why I’m in this business of comic book retailing. Future… [more]

supermandeancainIn the Beginning… #1

The Beginning of the Beginning… Hi, welcome to my new article on Sequart.com. As it’s my first article allow me a minute to suck up a little. Sequart.com is great isn’t it? What I like… [more]

ww 1Things I Learned in China (or, Oyster Tumors of Wisdom)

Hide your children and avert your eyes! Run for the hills! After almost a month-long stretch of peace and quiet, the prodigal son has returned to reclaim his thrown and crown! Yep, you guessed it;… [more]

crazyPekar, Piskor, and a Preview of Macedonia

Even the most casual of comics fans is probably familiar with Harvey Pekar, thanks to the film success of AMERCAN SPLENDOR. Pekar is one of the trailblazers of autobiographical comics, focusing on the insights that… [more]

52 #5The Good Stuff

Greetings and Salutations! My name is Michael Blanton, and I’ll be bringing you reviews of books I think are solid investments each week. I’m more of a Johnny DC than a Marvel Zombie, but when… [more]

Infinite_Crisis_Special_-_Rann_Thanagar_WarYour Guide to Infinite Crisis: The Rann / Thanagar War Special

Over the past months, we’ve examined a hell of a lot of Infinite Crisis. In the process, this study has come to exceed 160,000 words! In fact, our coverage of the Rann-Thanagar War alone runs 40,000 words… [more]

20130612Non-Dominant Hands and Off-Beat Superheroes

I happen to love comics anthologies, in all their beautiful sloppiness. I love panning for gold in them, hoping to get at least one great story even in an anthology that’s otherwise a waste of… [more]

Sin CityComic Book Films and Visual Style

Abstract This extended essay investigates the visual nature of three popular, recent comic book films. It will determine whether efforts taken by filmmakers to represent the source material onscreen are successful and if they are… [more]

AsterixBandes Dessinées in a Material World

My name is Nicolas Labarre. I am French, and while completing my Ph.D., including a dissertation on “Theories of Mass Culture in the United States,” I write comics. Or more precisely, bandes dessinées.