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Man 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]

On 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: 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]

Star 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]

My (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]

Sid 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]

The 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]

Constructing 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]

Smorgasbord #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]

We 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]

It’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]

Send 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]

Sifting 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: 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 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]

Colloquium #15: Back to Life — Ben Kahn on Shaman

Markisan interviews Ben Kahn on Shaman! Ben talks about writing the supernatural and sassy world of Shaman, tattoos, his Kickstarter success and the problems with Superboy punching time… (1:56:00) Find out more about Shaman at… [more]

Joseph J. Darowski on His Comics Scholar Career and The Ages of Iron Man

Marvel’s shared cinematic universe has been a series of movies that have generated several billion dollars at the box office.  It is a franchise that owes much of its success to the Robert Downy, Jr.’s… [more]

“Through the Eyes of a Fan”: How Being a Fanboy Changes One’s Outlook Both In and Outside the World of Comics

I am not pessimist. Let me make that very clear before I begin this exposition. I am not some kind of troll who sits behind a computer screen, ready to pounce on the latest superhero… [more]

Jessica Jones and Netflix’s New Storytelling

SPOILER WARNING Jessica Jones has a lot going on. It’s about trauma, PTSD, rape, and domestic abuse. (Oh, and superheroes, and Hell’s Kitchen, and the Marvel cinematic universe MCU). The fact is that Jessica Jones… [more]

A Problematic Trailer for a Problematic Film: BvS

It’s a dangerous game to review a trailer, or draw inferences from one. I’ve done it here before and made some (probably) wrong assumptions about a film, as well as some (probably) right ones. (I… [more]

Samuel Fuller’s Fraught Release: White Dog

The American film White Dog was finished in 1981. It was released in Europe in 1982. It wasn’t released in America until 2008, when Criterion released the film on DVD. You can probably tell by… [more]

Superheroes: The American Mythology Part I

Beginning in 1938, two simple creators will develop an entire genre of entertainment that will change the world. The humble beginnings of superheroes as pure heroes to guide America through the Great Depression. [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 38

Issue #47-48 “The Pub Where I Was Born” & “Love Kills” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson, Mike Hoffman; Inker: Stan Woch; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; Being that Hellblazer is… [more]

Plutona #3: Want To Be A Superhero?

The Roman Empire had nothing on groups of kids when it comes to conspiracy, collusion, forming alliances and keeping secrets. That’s one of the great truths about young people that Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox… [more]

The Basic Competency of Spotlight

Spotlight is a fairly derivative film in a lot of ways. The movie, which deals with The Boston Globe’s investigation into the systemic sexual misconduct of the Catholic Church, owes an arm and a leg… [more]