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Image taken from North Richland Hills Library Website copyright 2015The Question of Literature and Why Comic Books Deserve to be Classified as Such

How many books do you read a year? This is a question that is frequently asked by voracious readers whenever they feel the need to see if a person is reading as much as they… [more]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens posterStar Wars: The Force Awakens Breaks Box-Office Records

Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $238 million domestically in its opening weekend. It’s the biggest opening weekend in history, besting Jurassic World, which set a new opening-weekend record with $208.8 million, earlier… [more]

Risk imageTake on the Risks: Why a Risk-taking Attitude is Necessary to the Future of Comics

Is it worth the risk? Industry professionals ask themselves this question whenever they are about to embark on a new project. Most of the time it is answered in a variety of ways, with creators… [more]

starwarsspoilerStar Wars: The Force Awakens and Awakens and Awakens…

My friend Kellie on Facebook wanted to post something about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but before doing so, she posted this insane spoiler alert: I wanna discuss A Thing about Star Wars. If you’re… [more]

jimmy_corrigan_the_smartest_kid_on_earth1Great Jimmy Corrigan: An Analysis of Comic Book Techniques Featured in the Acclaimed Graphic Novel

It is always comforting when one stumbles upon a comic that is less advertised than those seen at the LCS. It is a time when one purchases a book that’s only source of marketing has… [more]

Star Wars posterThe Crazy Star Wars Theory that Makes Sense of Everything

Watching both Star Wars trilogies, it’s hard not to notice the incongruities. The prequels are longer — and also bigger, with a cast of thousands and elaborate lightsaber battles. They feel different. The original trilogy features old-fashioned… [more]

The Red Wing cover 04The Red Wing

Time travel stories can be some of the most enjoyable, as well as some of the most complex science fiction stories. When done well, they’re intricately plotted and deal with a number of complexities that… [more]

a8Thatcherism in the Space Era (Courtesy of Grant Morrison & Rian Hughes)

“Dare to look to the future”. Because we remember the past and we live in the present, we hold dear the future. We never know what tomorrow might bring and we love dreaming about adventures… [more]

Hellblazer #50 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 40

Issue #50 “Remarkable Lives” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Will Simpson Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; The monthly numbering system is perhaps one of comics most notable features. Being that issues are… [more]

The-Martian-Matt-DamonWhy Didn’t I Love The Martian?

Of all people, I should have loved The Martian. If I were to imagine a Hollywood film perfectly calibrated to my tastes as a) someone with a background in science, b) a gigantic space nerd… [more]

the_man_in_the_high_castle_putnamcoverMan in the High Castle and The Flexibility of the Science Fiction Genre

Science fiction is one of those genres everyone thinks they know, but seems to find it difficult to pin down in terms of a definition. It’s such a porous genre, that is, one that can… [more]

Altered-States-600x337On Altered States and the Art of Making a Science Fiction Cult Classic

The science fiction film Altered States bears all the hallmarks of a cult film. For one thing, it’s about outsider topics, like psychedelic mind states, genetic memory, float tanks, and entheogens. For another there’s a… [more]

The Complete D.R. & Quinch coverThe Complete D.R. & Quinch: Alan Moore’s Sci-Fi Fun Time

Like many readers who discovered the world of comics in bookstores rather than comic shops, the works of Alan Moore made an immediate impression on me. He’s a comic book rock star and, undeniably, one… [more]

Mswc1coverStar Wars: From a Successful Film Franchise to One of the Greatest Hits in Comics

For some reason, I’ve never been a fan of film adaptations, much in the same way that I’m not a fan of videogames turned into comics, or TV series transformed into novels. In my opinion,… [more]

Imacon Color ScannerMy (Very Brief) History with SF

Speculative Fiction, more commonly referred to as “Science Fiction”, has been described as perhaps the best means of conveying complex ideas.  It is a broad genre that was, and for some remains pigeon-holed, like comic… [more]

Image2 2Sid and Marty Krofft’s Wormholes to Hell

If you’re an American of a certain age, chances are you fondly remember the weird and wonderful worlds dreamed up by Sid and Marty Krofft—especially H. R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, and Land of the Lost. Those… [more]

TheStarsMyDestinationCoverThe Stars My Destination: A Sci-Fi Masterpiece for Sci-Fi Week

When Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination was first recommended to me, it was with the promise that he “packs as much world-building, plot and character into 170 pages as Asimov did in the entire… [more]

Reverie19Constructing a Perfect Reality

“Thus only in a dream we are at one, Thus only in a dream we give and take The faith that maketh rich who take or give”-  Monna Innominata by Christina Rossetti The topic of… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #32: Kurtrissa Explains It All

In which one should know better than to pick a fight with Kurt Busiek, Iron Fist gets its showrunner, Frank Miller is not the father, war is still good for absolutely nothing at Marvel, and… [more]

prime-image000-caponcapWe are the Heroes of Earth-Prime: The Role of the Reader in the Multiverse

You. Yes, you. Staring at us. Studying us. Picking over these words and looking for meaning. Did it not occur to you that you are the one giving this significance?  Every word you read is… [more]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens posterIt’s Sequart’s Third Annual Sci-Fi Week!

Coinciding with this week’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sequart is celebrating its third annual Sci-Fi Week! All this week, we’ll be running content focusing on sci-fi comics and popular culture. Sequart ran… [more]

Elongated-ManSend in the Third String: An Argument for the Importance of Less Popular Superheroes

It is difficult to choose your favorite superhero. Most fans of any universe or mythology will immediately select the one that is the most well known or frequently seen in comparison to those that are… [more]

Hellblazer #49 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 39

Author’s note: Up to this point in my analysis I’ve tried to remain as objective as possible in the analysis of the content within the series,  but the subject matter of the following issue, combined… [more]

adventure-time-screensaver_1Adventure Time: Losing Momentum

Warning: Spoilers for the latest Adventure Time miniseries, Stakes, as well as plot elements from older seasons below. Recently, I had just finished watching Adventure Time’s eight-part miniseries, Stakes, and needless to say, I enjoyed… [more]

creed-largeCreed Plays the Spin-Off Game Right

I wasn’t really anticipating enjoying Creed. I had heard some fairly positive response, but I sort of assumed I’d be able to appreciate it without being especially engrossed or involved in the proceedings. It’s not… [more]