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Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 5 – “The Man Trap”

“The Man Trap” first aired fifty years ago tonight, and what a strange episode it is to launch what has become one of popular culture’s signposts: Star Trek. Viewed as part of our Star Trek… [more]

Kevin Smith Shakes Off the Critics of Yoga Hosers

Kevin Smith’s new film Yoga Hosers was given a limited release this past weekend (alas, it’s still not playing here in Vancouver), and so far the film is most notable for the singularly vitriolic reviews… [more]

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps, Cross-eyed Mosquitoes and Bowlegged Ants…” Loving That Joker… But Which One?

I love The Joker. However I’m not oblivious to how problematic that kind of admiration can be. Recently I have had cause to reflect on this even more. Particularly in light of two things. The… [more]

Smorgasbord #50: The Pizza Metaphor

Episode 50! No renumbering, no relaunching, no rebirthing. Instead Shawn and Tom break out of their habit and sit with a panel of experts to discuss the state of the industry. Guests include Hagai Palevski… [more]

Silver Streak: When Wilder Met Pryor

The recent passing of Gene Wilder left a lot of people reeling, having lost yet another inspirational figure from our collective youth and popular culture experience. Wilder was a gentle, kind man by all accounts… [more]

“Skyscrapers and Democratic Institutions”: Trauma and Politics in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers

15 years ago, the United States were attacked by al-Qaeda on a day that would have a lasting political, economical, and cultural impact on America and arguably the rest of the world. More than any… [more]

Academics Discuss their Book Marvel Comics into Film and the Secret Origins of the MCU

Matthew J. McEniry is an assistant metadata librarian at Texas Tech University and describes digital manuscripts for online discovery. Robert Moses Peaslee is an associate professor and chair of Journalism and Electronic Media at the… [more]

Smorgasbord #49: Could It Beeee… SATAN?!

Shawn and Tom talk about DC’s broken promises, Grant Morrison’s TV deals, Shawn’s thoughts on the Suicide Squad movie, a theory about Earth-Snyder (it’s all Hal Jordan’s fault), the welcome return of Adam West’s Batman,… [more]

Blue Beetle and the Last Days of the Bronze Age

Discussions of DC Comics in the 1980s tend to focus on works like The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, and Crisis on Infinite Earths. That’s fitting, because all of these were game changers for the industry,… [more]

Lake of Fire #1: Crusaders vs Aliens in an Innovative, Compelling New Comic

There’s been quite a lot written about The Crusades, but it seems like modern historians agree on one thing: they were a great excuse for Christians of a certain persuasion to engage in some serious… [more]

Interview with Production Designer Sean Haworth

At San Diego Comic Con 2016, Sean Haworth appeared on the panel, “The Production Designer; Architect of Imagination.” His work includes movies such as Deadpool and Ender’s Game. You can view his website here. WARNING:… [more]

Interview with Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev

At San Diego Comic Con 2016, Suzuki Ingerslev appeared on the panel, “The Production Designer; Architect of Imagination.” Her work includes television shows such as Colony, Hand of God, and True Blood (pictures from the… [more]

Interview with Production Designer Dave Blass

At San Diego Comic Con 2016, Dave Blass appeared on the panel, “The Production Designer; Architect of Imagination.” His work includes television shows such as Preacher and Constantine. You can view his website here. What… [more]

Manifest Destiny #22: The Eyes Have It

Like many men of their era, Lewis and Clark were “blessed” with an overabundance of positivity and confidence (more for Lewis than Clark, but they each believed in the soundness of their society and their… [more]

Sequart Releases The British Invasion

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the publication of The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer, by Greg Carpenter. Moore. Gaiman. Morrison. They came from… [more]

Descender #14: Bandit’s Lonely Vigil

The latest issue of Descender is the third in a series of five issues termed “Singularities” by the comic’s creators, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, but it’s easily the most creative and appealing thus far.… [more]

Give the Devil His Due: Review of Lucifer Season 1

Even before Lucifer premiered its pilot episode on 25 January 2016 it was already disliked and panned by fans of the comic, Lucifer and the character’s original presentation in Sandman. The advanced reviews were not… [more]

Traveling to A Hundred Thousand Worlds: A Conversation with Bob Proehl

CAMPOCHIARO: Let’s start with your origin story, along with the origin of your debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds. What is your relationship to the worlds of comics, sci-fi, fandom, and the myriad others that… [more]

I’m Just a Kid from the Lower East Side Brooklyn: Steve Rogers’s Shifting Working Class Background

Today Steve Rogers is branded as “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.” His class and geography marks him as much as his old-fashioned ideals and morals do. He is a man of the people, but… [more]

Smorgasbord #48: Fall of the House of Warner

This is the post-SDCC world, and while most of the news have discussed to death, Shawn & Tom still want to talk a bit about the Eisners, some selected trailers, spin-offs for low-selling books, and… [more]

Descender #13: Telsa

Descender #13 is ostensibly about Captain Telsa, the red-haired, firey Captain from the UGC, sent to retrieve TIM-21 and the codex he carries in his electronic DNA that may hold the key to understanding the… [more]

Mr Clarke from Stranger Things: The Importance of Experts

The pop cultural touchstone of the moment (or, at least, one of them) is the Netflix series Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers and currently drawing the appreciative fascination of the world. With its… [more]

Manifest Destiny #21: Leadership

One of the many challenges that the historical Lewis and Clark expedition had to surmount was simple hunger. They weren’t as badly off as some, and fared far better than some of the more northern… [more]

The Purge: Election Year and a Reflection of Society

The Purge film dynasty has created a huge following of watchers and viewers because of its presentation of a society where all manner of sin, debauchery, and impulse is disregarded for one government-sanctioned night of… [more]

A Novel Approach to Comic Books

Tokyo-based Australian creator Andrez Bergen has two literary books out this year, on top of a continuing stream of comic titles that he both scripts and often illustrates. What makes the back-to-back novels – Bullet… [more]