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wizarduniverse_Wizard World: More Commerce than Art

I’ve read comic books / graphic novels, whatever you want to call them, off and on through most of my young adult life. But I’ve never been to a comic book convention until this past… [more]

Adventures of Superman #642 (Sept 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “Sacrifice”

We’ve looked at the first three issues of The OMAC Project. Now it’s time to look at the shocking storyline those three issues flowed into: “Sacrifice,” running through an entire month’s Superman and Wonder Woman… [more]

BughouseSTEVEBugjuice and Bebop: Steve Lafler’s Musical Comics

Steve Martin once noted that “talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” It’s difficult to make interesting statements about music without losing hold of the essence of the art itself. It’s even more difficult… [more]

sandmanAbstract-Empire-China: must there be a Sandman?

I am being slightly humorous with the choice of title of course, but I wish to evoke the sense that the politics in this essay have been negotiated before, in a different context. The piece… [more]

HOUSEOFMThe “M” is for “Mediocre”

House of M #1 Marvel Comics – Brian Michael Bendis (w); Olivier Coipel (p); Tim Townsend (i) Well, I guess this means summer is officially here. DC started its tent-pole summer event about a month… [more]

hulkThe Use of Genre: Visions of The Incredible Hulk

Within the oeuvre of Jack Kirby, the Incredible Hulk arrives as one among many generic engagements with the monster archetype. The Hulk, a military-funded scientific experiment run amok, casts up specters of other works by… [more]

caseMoCCA 2005: Ten Great Mini-Comics

The vast majority of my purchases at MoCCA were minicomics, seeing as how I order what I want from the larger publishers through my local comic shop. (Someone give me a gold star.) Readers only… [more]

OMAC Project #1 (June 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: The OMAC Project

Having examined DC Countdown, let’s turn our attention to the four mini-series it spawned, beginning with the one that most directly springs from DC Countdown‘s narrative: Greg Rucka’s The OMAC Project.

daniel clowesMoCCA 2005: On the Floor

MoCCA is held in the gorgeous and historical Puck Building, once the home of a beloved early 20th century periodical devoted to humor. It’s in the heart of New York’s trendy NoHo district, replete with… [more]

v forWorking with Dirt

The following is an introduction to a comics short fiction meant to appear in the academic journal Arisa, published by the Center for Contemporary Islam at the University of Cape Town. The short story, “Rubble,”… [more]

HabibiCoverMoCCA 2005: Move On Up

The 2005 MoCCA (Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art) Festival in New York was held on June 11th and 12th, and once again the event was a success in the face of a brutal heat… [more]

EnigmanRetelling the Telling

It is a telling moment to be sure. One in which Peter Milligan neatly gives away the carefully-constructed game woven thus far and later in the Enigma. He writes of the titular character: He sits… [more]

DC Countdown #1Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: DC Countdown

We’re now in the third month after DC Countdown, and it’s time to review the various top-selling mini-series and other events counting down to Infinite Crisis…

Earthboy JacobusThe USMC vs. the Commie Space-Insects

Earthboy Jacobus Image Comics – Doug TenNapel (w/a) Earthboy Jacobus, the newest graphic novel from creator Doug TenNapel (whose previous works, Creature Tech and Tommysaurus Rex, were excellent), is an odd book to even attempt… [more]

indexArtists to Seek out at MoCCA ’05

The fourth annual MoCCA Art Festival is coming up this weekend in New York City. Last year saw the festival truly mature into a well-organized event that still captured the quirkiness that its eclectic guest… [more]

transformersExploration, Becoming, History

2005 is at least significant on two fronts; it is the centennial of The Day the Rules Changed, of Albert Einstein’s Specific Theory of Relativity, also, it is the year in which Transformers: the Movie… [more]

imagesWizard World Philly: Sequart.com on Parade

It’s good to be back on the Blotter. It will be a little different this time, though, because we are the news for once! I’ll begin at the beginning. My buddy Sri and I, computer… [more]

The DC spinOn DC’s New Logo

On 8 May 2005, DC Comics unveiled its new logo — the first in 30 years or so. What’s in a logo? Does it matter?

Fantastic Four #527Optic Verve Strikes Back

Fantastic Four #527 Marvel Comics – J. Michael Straczynski (w); Mike McKone (p); Andy Lanning (i) I’ll be real honest: I’m not a huge JMS fan. The part of his work that the majority of… [more]

swamp-thingOld Worlds For New

What interests me most about comics is directly, the medium itself. I came to this realization by something of a hard road. Ad astra, per aspera.About fifteen years ago, I remember attempting the, even-now, Herculean… [more]

Mark Trail (misplaced word balloons example 2)Tensions Between Text and Image

The medium variously known as comic books, graphic novels, bandes-dessinés, manga, manga, sequential art, and sequart has been defined as the juxtaposition of text and image on the static page. Once can here recall Words… [more]

Dr. Manhattan thinking on MarsWatchmen and Intertextuality: How Watchmen Interrogates the Comics Tradition

Today, Watchmen is celebrated as an autonomous work — and it is partly on this basis that its greatness rests.

In the Shadow of No TowersOn In the Shadow of No Towers

In 2004, coinciding with the Presidential elections, Art Spiegelman released In the Shadow of No Towers. It was the first time his work had penetrated the bookstore since his Maus, which had since won a… [more]

Chrono Mechanics 2Art Thibert on Chrono Mechanics

Art Thibert has recently penciled, inked, and co-written a new comic from Image and Hack Shack studios called Chrono Mechanics. It’s the story of four very different personalities (human and otherwise) that have been brought together… [more]

Birth of a NationMister Chon, Suddenly I Wish to Leave Your Island (A shrill partisan talks about Birth of a Nation)

Do comics have a liberal bias? This seems like a loaded question because most conservatives will tell you everything has a liberal bias (You know, not counting the Supreme Court, the FCC, our new electoral… [more]