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Undertale It’s MeThe Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, Part 2

In Part I of The Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, we focused on some of the game’s background, its medium and genre tropes, and began the process of illustrating… [more]

Doom 4Doomsday, the 90′s, and Comic Book Innocence

Superman dies in Lois’ arms in the denouement of “Superman” no. 75 (1992) by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding. Source: https://comicbookclog.com/2015/06/05/comic-book-classics-revisited-the-death-of-superman-part-7/ The fall For a brief moment in the autumn of 1992, the Doomsday monster had… [more]

descender17_Review coverDescender #17: Connections

Descender takes a turn in issue #17 (released just before Christmas last year). This innovative and emotional science fiction comic has spent its past five issues on “singularity” stories, focusing on one character at a… [more]

turn loose coverTurn Loose Our Death Rays and Kill Them All! The Complete Works of Fletcher Hanks

In the first of two forewords to Turn Loose Our Death Rays and Kill Them All: The Complete Works of Fletcher Hanks (Fantagraphics), Paul Karasik describes the cult Golden Age cartoonist Fletcher Hanks as the “village… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #56: The Smorgie Awards 2016

It’s that most wonderful time of year again! Tom and Shawn welcome special guest Max Nestorowich to review the year in comics and help us hand out the Carrie Fisher Memorial Award for Best Female… [more]

Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero JusticeSequart Podcast #4: Humans and Paragons

For this 3-hour mega podcast, the contributors of Sequart’s latest book, Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice, got together to reflect on their essays. Have super-hero comics become more nuanced at exploring social issues… [more]

landscape-1474899549-arrival-posterArrival: Science Fiction for Grownups

Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, has the structure of a magic trick. It slowly, carefully, shows us something in its first few minutes, then gives us about 70 minutes of misdirection before showing us what… [more]

Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero JusticeSequart Releases Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice, edited by Ian Boucher. Super-heroes, said to represent justice, have saturated popular culture at a time when the American criminal… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: Modern Times

In “Modern Times” we don’t get any answers to the previous chapter, or even new questions about the things that we already know. One hazard in writing these “reader impressions” of mine for each chapter… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: X Marks the Spot

A lot of events occurred in Jerusalem’s “Rough Sleepers” chapter. Moore’s nature of time, at least with regards to Northampton and the Burroughs had been revealed as eternalism: as space and time existing simultaneously in… [more]

dora5A Look at the Brazilian Comic Dora

Dora, by Brazilian wonder Bianca Pinheiro, is not yet available in English  (if Pinheiro keeps growing, in about 15 years Fantagraphics or Drawn & Quarterly will print it in a big book called “Bianca Pinheiro:… [more]

Subby 4The Brilliance of Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner, Marvel’s Superman

Bill Everett tribute for Marvel’s 75th and Daredevil’s 50th anniversaries (2014) by Stephen Sonneveld, featuring William Blake’s “The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea” (1805-1810) Bill Everett was an expert storyteller, whose… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: Rough Sleepers

I didn’t know what to make of this chapter at first. To be honest, it’d been a while since I’d read Jerusalem after taking time to undertake some other projects. Certainly the preceding chapter “ASBOs… [more]

Women on FireA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: “ASBOs of Desire”

There are a few things worth noting before I go on here. I might have mentioned this earlier, through my impressions of the previous chapter but unlike Alan Moore’s previous novel Voice of the Fire,… [more]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story posterWhy I Admire Rogue One

First, a warning: here there be spoilers. Seriously, spoilers. Spoilers… Okay? Still here? Good. Let me start by admitting that Rogue One is an imperfect movie. Ian Dawe has done his usual excellent job talking… [more]

Undertale Promo ImageThe Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, Part 1

Sequart has “sequential art” as the general focus of both its articles and its studies. Sequential art, a term that was coined by Will Eisner and expanded on by other comics creators and theorists such… [more]

SWCE #1 CVRRevisiting Crimson Empire

Written by Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley and illustrated by Paul Gulacy, Crimson Empire first premiered in 1997, and followed the exploits of a former Imperial royal guard Kir Kanos, as he tries to seek… [more]

cwq_ccexuauhczmRogue One Stumbles, then Soars

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is appropriately titled. It isn’t a “Star Wars movie” in that it isn’t about the Skywalker family, nor is it about the specific large mythic arcs that define that… [more]

976112-fernusCan Shape-Shifters Change Into God-Like Beings?

The answer to the titular question is yes and no. However, in order to properly explain how I have come to this conclusion we first have to define the type of shape-shifter. There are the… [more]

ForceChokeDarth Vader – Office Bully

It wasn’t until I recently rewatched the three original Star Wars movies (and The Force Awakens) that I realized the Rebels win because of their diversity.  They have women in positions of power and non-white… [more]

rogue-one-character-posters-tall-CThe Road to Rogue One

This time last year, as we were preparing to dig into the delights of The Force Awakens, long-time fans knew that at the very least the thought of doing a seventh episode and a third… [more]

Image3Money and Trade at the End of the World

Every video roleplaying game has basically the same setup: shops offering increasingly powerful items and equipment accompany the path toward the final boss. You sell your junk there, make repairs, upgrade cloth armor to leather… [more]

ejufn8srvuznzqyu68f9_le-train-de-projectilesThe Present Future: A Critical Examination of Contemporary Science Fiction and its Connection to Current, Historical, and Social Events

Great science fiction is not defined by space operas or interstellar warfare, it is defined by its execution and integration of social, historical, and contemporary issues and whether it instills a specific message or conveys… [more]

left hand coverRevisiting The Left Hand of Darkness

Reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness in Freshman English during college was a formative experience. Only, I wasn’t prepared yet as an eighteen year old to fully appreciate how so until years… [more]

ODY-C SebexShe Made Them in Their Image: Sebex in the Universe of ODY-C

For the longest time, ever since high school, I have been reading Homer’s Odyssey.  This is something that has followed me from Undergrad all the way into my Graduate studies. But not too long ago… [more]