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Batman 29Don’t Ignore the Art: Reviewing and Commenting on Comics, Part 2

Line Work (Pencils / Brushwork) One of the first things I look at when opening up a comic is the style that’s being used. Is it more lifelike (realistic) or cartoonish (iconic)? Scott McCloud discusses… [more]

Evil Swamp Thing collaborates in Maggie's abuse, from Swamp Thing #171, by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“The Spirit of Hatred or the Spirit of Love”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 27

Continued from last week. Other aspects of Millar’s closing tilt at Swamp Thing were less praiseworthy. Though the final arc appears to show little of the swaggering misogyny that saturated his earliest work for 2000AD,… [more]

American Splendor 02 (1977) (Restored).cbz - Page 6 1Robert Crumb’s Best Art Was Some of His Most Subtle

The partnership between Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb was one of the more curious, and one of the most artistically satisfying in all of comics. Friends for years before even considering making comics together, these… [more]

Love and War, Cover by SienkiewiczIt’s Pronounced [sin-KEV-ich]

For years I called him Bill “See-EN-key-a-wix.”  That is, until somebody told me it was “SINK-a-vich.”  Of course that was wrong too, but in a way, that’s as it should be.  Most of us don’t… [more]

UnderstandingComicsDon’t Ignore the Art: Reviewing and Commenting on Comics, Part 1

What’s the difference between a comic book and a novel? The answer seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? Yet, it still confounds me to no end that someone will take the time to write a review… [more]

Sequart logoSequart Organization at San Diego Comic Con 2014

We’re excited to announce that Sequart will have quite a lot going on at this year’s San Diego Comic Con: We’ll be selling Sequart books and movies at our (very first!) SDCC small press table,… [more]

one-of-usReview of One of Us by Tawni O’Dell

Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist, is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still… [more]

John SeverinIt’s Comics Artists Week at Sequart!

For no other reason than it needs to be done, all this week Sequart will be publishing content spotlighting comics artists.

Spread01_CoverDystopian Redux: A Review Of Spread #1

Ever since The Walking Dead has exploded in popularity with both the hit comic book and AMC television show, it seems that everyone has a story about a dystopian future to share. The genre has… [more]

Serenity_-_Leaves_on_the_Wind_006_(2014)_(Digital)_(Pirate-Empire).cbr - Page 1Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6: We Need a Montage!

Perhaps this is the curse of episodic, serialized storytelling, but Serenity: Leaves on the Wind didn’t, it seems to me, end as strong as it started. This final issue certainly sets up a great deal… [more]

15A is for Apocalypse: A Creative and Entertaining Short Story Collection

To the best of my understanding, the notion of apocalypse comes straight out of ancient religions and people have been talking about it for millennia. The common theme is this: in the era of “great… [more]

Image1The Embiggening Superhero: A Review of G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel #1-5

Kamala Khan is a Muslim/American teenager growing up in New Jersey and, like all teens, she’s insecure and unsure of her identity. Her family’s traditional cultural values stand in stark contrast to the society she… [more]

snowpiercer-internationalposter-snowytrain-fullSnowpiercer: Worth the Ride, However Bumpy

Spoilers ahead… In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I have not read the film’s bande dessinée inspiration, Le Transperceneige, by Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette, and Benjamin Legrand. I can only judge the… [more]

Title coverBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Namor the Sub-Mariner Volume 1 #30

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Death-of-Wolverine-McNiven-coverThe Possibilities of Death

It is summer time again, which means it is time for comic publishers to unveil their big story lines for the year, and likely kill a beloved character. Marvel has been teasing that Wolverine may… [more]

Devil Dealers 1Devil Dealers: Our Tapestry is Alive and Well

I’m not usually a big horror person.  Despite this, I’ve somehow accumulated a good amount of horror knowledge over the years, and I’ve also developed a great appreciation for what horror stories can offer across… [more]

Louis_Sendak_03Bugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Sixteen

Honest, folks, after this, we’re all done here. I know, I know — Scarab the mini-series is done already, but let’s consider this something of a postscript to look at what ended happening with the… [more]

from Swamp Thing #167 by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“The Notion that Mankind is Diseased and Must be Replaced at all Costs”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 26

Continued from last week. The conflict between Millar’s two opposing teams of Masons appears to represent a clash of empathy and hubris, tolerance and tyranny, good faith and a world-razing secularism. Where one Lodge is… [more]

Star-Lord killing his UncleGuarding the Galaxy from the Discount Bin: Star-Lord: The Special Edition

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m not in love with the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.  I know this puts me in the comic book community’s version of the flat Earth society, but I’m fine with… [more]

Diagram for DelinquentsSequart Releases Diagram for Delinquents

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the release of Diagram for Delinquents, the documentary film about Fredric Wertham, directed by Robert A. Emmons, Jr. In 1950, America was in a state of panic. Juvenile delinquency… [more]

planet of the apes 2001000922001′s Planet of the Apes Remake is the Worst of the Franchise

Awkwardly sexualized apes, bad writing, clumsy thematics, and Mark Wahlberg set this film apart from the rest of the franchise. Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of the classic SF franchise starter may not be good, but it is interestingly bad. More bad than interesting though… [more]

Image1An Open Reply to Fantasy Author Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick, In your most recent blog post, you replied to an article that I wrote for Sequart, “Six Reasons Why the Kingkiller Chronicle is the Next Game of Thrones.” You wrote: “Over the years, I’ve been… [more]

turing-statueAlan Turing in Context, Part 2

Since my last writing, Tor has finished posting the graphic novel of Alan Turing’s life, The Imitation Game, by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis. You can find my comments on the first part here. What… [more]

infernoX-Men: To The Outback & Beyond… Inferno Pt. 1

The first major crossover of my time as devotee of the Uncanny X-Men, Inferno marked the culmination of year’s worth of story, a vast majority of which I was unfamiliar with at the time, and… [more]

AsterixAndVikingsAnimatedMovieAsterix the Gaul, Captain America, and Steroids

What if Tyrion Lannister had Popeye’s super powers? What if Thor had the appetite and I.Q. of Cookie Monster? What if the Spartacus universe was cross-pollinated with the Smurfs? Well, then you’d get Asterix, Obelix,… [more]