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Ex-machina-uk-posterEx Machina: Girlbots vs. Geekboys and Creation Anxiety in the New Frankenstein

Why do we fear what we create? [more]

Alec_Promotional_Image1Comics: The Medium of the 21st Century

I’ve put forward the theory before that comics will be the defining storytelling medium of the 21st century, just as novels were in the 19th and cinema was in the 20th. It’s a theory inspired… [more]

Hellblazer #53 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 43

Issue #53 “Royal Blood Part Two: Revelations” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Will Simpson Colors: Tom Ziuko; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Picking up minutes after the conclusion of the previous issue “Revelations” covers the… [more]

descender08_Review coverDescender #8: Andy’s Story

In Descender #8 we finally meet the series’ Han Solo character. There’s even a Chewie equivalent (a giant slug with six eyes but he’s still charming). One could cry foul and say that Jeff Lemire… [more]

straitgate-ch-001-013-panelPortraits in Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Twenty: “Movement Of Ja People”

Okay, I admit it:  chapter two of John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate is entitled “Exodus,” and I couldn’t come up with anything like a decent “headline” for this segment, so I went with the… [more]

p2Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Nineteen: Minding The Store

The first two chapters of John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate, which ran back-to-back in issue number fifty of the UK comics anthology magazine Crisis, may not have been given pride of place on the… [more]

invisiblerepublic08_Review coverInvisible Republic #8: The Maia Difference

Both Arthur McBride and his cousin Maia Reveron eventually become revolutionary leaders: this is not really much of a spoiler for the continuing saga of Invisible Republic. But it’s important to note the differences between… [more]

star trek continues kirk spockThe Good, the Trek, and the Ugly: Spotlight on Star Trek Continues

There’s something you ought to know: Star Trek Lives! Not merely in the Rasputin-like, unkillable sense that it just won’t go away, no; rather, in the infinitely more appealing sense that the franchise torch continues… [more]

invisiblerepublic08_Review coverMy Pick for the Best Comic of 2015: Invisible Republic

“Beware the best-of list”, Shakespeare once wrote. Or he should have. There are deep problems with basing one’s opinion of the literature worth reading on one critic’s list of the “best” of the year, most… [more]

Hellblazer #52 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 42

Issue #52 “Royal Blood Part One: The Players” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Will Simpson Colors: Tom Ziuko; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; While Hellblazer very much takes place in the western world, the fact… [more]

img1-595x480Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Eighteen: What’s To Like?

The image above comes directly from the festering cesspool that swirls in the mind of Dave, the protagonist in John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate. Okay, sure — if we want to be absolutely technical… [more]

1380278-crisis52Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Seventeen: Structure, Format, And Other Boring Details

In the interview with John Smith and Sean Phillips that ran in the UK comic fanzine Speakeasy that we mentioned a couple of segments back, Smith makes a statement that I find somewhat curious: we… [more]

ishopThe Influence of Consumerism on Geek Culture

For many, the return of Star Wars (and a good one at that) to the big screen could be likened to the second coming of Christ. The franchise is a cultural phenomenon celebrated around the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #33: The Smorgies Award 2015

Join Tom and Shawn and special guest star Maayan Priel (Legend of Fangirls) for the second annual Smorgasbord award show, as we recall the best (and worst) 2015 had to offer… from Best Writer to… [more]

moneyFinance and Comics: Why the World of Trades, Stocks, and Financial Analysis can be a Suitable Genre in Comics

The realm of comics is filled with many genres, with the notables ranging from the traditional superhero, to the macabre-based horror, hard-boiled crime, sensational mysteries, classic sci-fi, fantasy, and the occasional emergence of erotica and… [more]

star_wars_episode_vii_the_force_awakens-wideStar Wars: The Force Awakens: A Powerful Family Drama About Addiction

This article is about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and discusses elements of the plot that could be considered spoilers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens needed to do a specific set of things in order… [more]

Hellblazer #51 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 41

Issue #51 “Counting to Ten” Writer: John Smith; Artist: Sean Phillips; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Sean Phillips; As discussed in prior installments of this column, there are many different kinds of horror.… [more]

BP and WSErasing Black Panther to Render Him Safe

The Captain America: Civil War trailer has caused a lot of excitement with fans. And certain images have gone onto become instant memes and gifs. Newspapers, reviewers, as well as comic book related journals, have… [more]

Batman Earth One Vol 2Visuals and Styles: The Differences, The Similarities, and The Necessities

There is nothing like opening a fresh comic book and flipping through its glossy pages and seeing artwork that captivates you on several different levels. However, this method is not only captivating because it gives… [more]

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]