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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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 #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]
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]
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]
Today, Watchmen is celebrated as an autonomous work — and it is partly on this basis that its greatness rests.
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]
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]
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]
Grant Morrison made me care about the X-Men for the first time. Oh, I’d read the X-Men. I liked the ideas behind “Days of Future Past” and “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” I just didn’t care.
As I was walking through Chinatown last weekend, admiring the endless tanks filled with multicolored koi (which is my new passion of the moment), I noticed something very odd. The little Asian kids were mostly… [more]
Frank Miller is the man generally credited for taking Batman and returning the character to his roots (through his groundbreaking works The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One) as a take-no-prisoners hard-ass. For a… [more]
Remember when I said superhero comics shouldn’t lose their sense of wonder, because bad things happen? Well, um… yeah. Anyway, as you now know, Sue Dibny was brutally raped and murdered in a cheap shock… [more]
With the current focus on the rights to Superman, it’s worth taking a moment to discuss the history of the Superman copyright.