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bio-400x22030 Under 30 Part 1: MK Reed

Mary Kate “MK” Reed (http://www.mkreed.com) noted at one point in her interview, “It’s comics or suicide”. She’s part of a generation of comics artists that is simply in love with the form, despite the many… [more]

one year laterWhat a Difference a Year Makes #1

Greetings, and welcome to what I hope to be the first of many articles in this series. As the title implies, I will be discussing the events surrounding DC’s “One Year Later” (OYL). The events… [more]

Understanding ComicsDissolving Comics’ Boundaries

Let’s face it: business has not been good in the comic industry during the last decade or so. However, despite this, there has been a swelling of diversification amongst genres, creators, and publishers, and maybe… [more]

imagesA Fan’s Perspective: San Diego Comic Con 2006

In the mid 90s, I vowed never to return to the San Diego Comic Con because of the hours of waiting in line in the heat and the crowds. I decided to go this year… [more]

iloveledzeppelinNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 3: I LOVE LED ZEPPELIN

Ellen Forney is a hard cartoonist to pin down. Her work is charming and disarming, but isn’t easy to categorize. Her first collection of strips, MONKEY FOOD, compiled her “I Was Seven in ’75″ strips.… [more]

justice6signedrosskruegerThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 2

My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues reviewed, it attempts to deduce the plots and mysteries of future issues as well.… [more]

40hourmanNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 2: 40 Hour Man

How do you measure someone’s worth? In a society where one’s career is supposed to define one’s self, what does this mean for the millions who work minimum-wage, soul-crushing jobs? Even for those who work… [more]

4410573982_ed752e8d17Will the Heroes Come?

The comic book world is truly a fortunate place to live in. In it, nearly every city of the United States, as well as many around the world, are inhabited by one or more costumed… [more]

488_mediumReviews from the Hold Box

Welcome back to Reviews from the Hold Box. Each week, I look at what was in my hold box at my local comics shop. Good or bad, I’ll let you know what I thought of… [more]

SupermanComic Sense #2: The Art of Structure, Part I: Composition

Welcome back to the article dedicated to enriching the world of comic books and graphic novels for new readers. This article will deal with an exploration of story structure. As the topic itself is vast… [more]

Explosion2New Earth (or, If I Could Give the World a Makeover…)

Settle down, class; it’s time for another dose of Tact is for the Weak, the column that tested positive- for the truth (and herpes simplex A)! There comes a point in every man’s (and self-realized,… [more]

002-bUltimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility: Part 2

Ultimate Spider-Man #2-7 The second issue is titled “Growing Pains”. It could have been called “The Longest Day” and fit just as well. It starts off with Peter in class. Coming down with the shakes,… [more]

Avengers #502You Can’t Go Back Again

An unfortunate trend seems to have taken hold at Marvel Comics, which has slowly convinced me to give up reading my favorite super-heroes.

Stormwatchv1-01Stormwatch, Part 1: Issues #1-3

This article will look at the first story arc of Jim Lee’s Stormwatch, giving details on the story and introducing the characters. Stormwatch is a United Nations peacekeeping team based on the satellite station Skywatch,… [more]

imagesNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 1: The Squirrel Mother

The prevailing trend in comics these days is releasing graphic novels. Of course, that is still a painstaking, laborious process that can take years for an artist to complete. Even if a creator is consumed… [more]

green lantern 12PARTY! (or, A Dignified Retrospective)

Welcome, all you vagrants, to a very special edition of Tact is for the Weak, the article that is still waiting for a motherf**king title graphic! For most people, turning 21 means one of two… [more]

TepPocketsAmerican Thesis #2: What are Comics?

It is easier to see how comics are related to their readers when the many different terms are understood. Defining comics is the first step. Several industry professionals offer their opinions of what the word… [more]

X-Factor01-71The Peter David Factor: Part 2

This issue (X-Factor #71, Oct.1991) entitled “Cutting the Mustard”, introduces the new X-Factor team as well as the new creative team. As I mentioned in my last column, the fact that a new team of… [more]

S701-01Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven #1

Sovereign Seven #1 DC Comics July 1995 By Chris Claremont & Dwayne Turner “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…” (38 Pages) First off, I should admit something: I go back and forth between thinking… [more]

Superman Returns Prequel #2 page 9Superman Returns Prequel #2: Ma Kent

Previously, I introduced the Superman Returns prequel comics and examined the first issue in some detail, paying particular attention to how it changed things from Donner’s 1978 original. This time, we’ll continue on to the second… [more]

2905025-04The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 4)

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

Lanfeust de TroyBandes Dessinées : The Rear Guard

As the art critic Clement Greenberg wrote in 1939, “where there is an avant-garde, generally we also find a rear guard.” He also noted that while the avant-garde is the focus of much attention, the… [more]

comic book shopComic Book Retailing Part 3: Do Your Research

Two weeks ago I explained what I think are the basics of business ownership: taking some basic business/entrepreneurship classes, understanding ethical business practices, and understanding the personal and financial demands. Now, I will get into… [more]

458Comics in, of, and about Other Media

A few years back, the Comics Journal published a list of the top 100 English-language comics of the 20th century. That list produced a lot of controversy because a number of the works included didn’t… [more]

Valiant Comics logoThe Valiant Comics F.A.Q.

I am a rabid comic book fan and I’m not ashamed to say it. (Thank you, Hollywood.) One of the things comic book fans are often asked to do is recommend comics, and when I… [more]