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In the Beginning… #4

Whether it is uninviting and difficult or fascinating and exciting is a matter of opinion, but it is undeniable that at the moment the DC Universe is a confusing place to newcomers. In all probability,… [more]

Week 22: STUFF!!

This week’s edition of Who are the 52? is brought to you by the letter P and viewers like you. Especially the ones who send me stuff like the following: (The following excerpts are unedited… [more]

Art + Comics = Arf!

This is a golden age for publications about comics and their history. There are more reprints of classic comics (and in better formats) than ever before. There’s a broad range of books and magazines focusing… [more]

Strange Territory: Joe Daly’s Scrublands

It’s hard to pin down Joe Daly’s influences and hence what sort of comic SCRUBLANDS is. The book notes his strong influence by American underground artists like R.Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, S.Clay Wilson and others. While… [more]

Week 21: Writer’s Block

And so the plot thickens…. “No, curse you, Turturro (if that is, in fact, your real name!), for trying to foil my plot! Yes, I’ll admit it to you (and you alone): I am, in… [more]

Wacking It (or, 52 Pick-Up)

Welcome, True Believers, to Tact is for the Weak, the column that would defect to a rival website in a heartbeat if Julian Darius wasn’t holding my family hostage… As the more internet-savvy of you… [more]

The Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 5

Analysis #5: Reviewing the first two-thirds of Justice #3. 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… [more]

Pulp Politics: Alixopulos’ Mine Tonight

Those that follow the mini comics scene will observe that geography plays a large part in forming artist support groups. These groups provide encouragement and critique for young artists and play a part in their… [more]

Art Comics For Beginners: The Best American Comics 2006

As anyone who’s read my articles on MOME and HOTWIRE will quickly realize, I have a particular interest in comics anthologies and the effect they can have on comics in general. While there are many… [more]

25th Issue Spectacular! (or, What the Hell, It’s a Party!)

Greetings, fans, and welcome to Tact is for the Weak, the article that doesn’t know the meaning of the word “moderation” (or “restraining order”). I usually don’t admit to many mistakes (because, let’s face it,… [more]

20th WEEK SPECIAL

A notice from the edit- writer…. “Ah my special surprise that I’ve been planning since last week… wha? Graiser is doing the same thing?! Curse you Superno- I mean Graaaaaiser!…wait a minute….I smell a theory… [more]

Week 20: Bald Moon Rising

This week’s column is brought to you by the letter B for BALD and by Brian Michael Bendis. Basically, I’m updating one of my favorite theories I’ve written so far. The 52 List -Pg.1 Batcave… [more]

Firing On All Cylinders: Sparkplug Comic Books

A welcome trend in the comics world in recent years is the rise of the boutique publisher. With modest publishing goals and realistic release schedules, a small publisher can carve out a nice niche for… [more]

The Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 4

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]

Comic Book Retailing Part 5: Finding a Location

In my earlier columns, 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. Then I discussed what… [more]

It’s Not The Destination, It’s The Trip: Three Comics About Travel

There’s something particularly appealing about travel comics. Traveling involves beginning and ending points, making it easy to adapt as a narrative. By definition, travel stories almost always involve the narrator or protagonist doing something that’s… [more]

The Greatest Villain of All Time

He is portrayed in one form or another in all mythological writing, classic literature, movies, television, and even comic books. He appears in Marvel Comics as Mephisto. He plagues the DC Universe as Lucifer Morningstar.… [more]

Back in Black

I decided to take a sabbatical over the summer months. Apologies to all who might have missed the monthly postings. The good news is that this sabbatical has allowed me the time to refocus what… [more]

Identity, Shame and Confrontation: American Born Chinese

Ultimately, the moral of AMERICAN BORN CHINESE is not especially profound. Gene Luen Yang’s three storylines converge to deliver the message of be who you are. Resist the urge to assimilate. Be proud of your… [more]

The Valiant Tangent — Harbinger #1-4 (Children of the Eighth Day, Part 1)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the longest running series 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… [more]

Ultimate Fantastic Four: The Fantastic

Ultimate Fantastic Four #1-6 In my collection of DVDs I have a bootleg copy of the 1994 movie Fantastic Four. Simply put, there is nothing fantastic about it. Fast-forward to 2005 and I am sitting… [more]

Week 19: I Think You Look Good When You Wear Gold

Last week the last few things I wrote seemed a little disorganized, instead of going back and editing them or apologizing to you I’m retconning. That’s right I’m going to retcon the continuity of my… [more]

The Peter David Factor: Part 5

X-Factor #74 (Jan. 1992) “Politically Incorrect” — This issue starts off by showing us the various team members asleep. Most of them seem to be dreaming: Guido about Kim Basinger, Lorna about Magneto, Quicksilver about… [more]

Passionella: A Welcome New Collection From Jules Feiffer

There’s a case to be made that Jules Feiffer was the first prototype of the underground/alternative cartoonist. A comics lifer, he started out as Will Eisner’s assistant on THE SPIRIT and eventually wrote a number… [more]

The Picturesque World of Klezmer

Continuing my look at First Second’s fall line of books, Joann Sfar’s KLEZMER is the best of the bunch. Sfar is a master of characterization, creating fully-formed and intriguing people out of thin air. While… [more]