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unnamedThe Lost World: Jurassic Park: A Retro Review

Believe it or not, I come here not to bury The Lost World, but to praise it. Jurassic Park hit theaters in June of ’93 and the rapturous reception it received at the box office… [more]

sdfgJurassic Park: A Retro Review

When director Steven Spielberg’s dinos-on-the-rampage blockbuster Jurassic Park first hit the screen in summer of 1993, twenty-two years ago now (I’ll let you process that number for a second, and let the reality of how… [more]

themartianheaderThe Martian is Revealed in a New Trailer

The trailer for the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian went live yesterday, and gave us our first in-depth glimpse at Ridley Scott’s latest science fiction vision. The Martian is essentially a… [more]

walking-dead-zombieEating Brains: Zombies and Dystopianism

In 2013 I was at SDCC meeting Julian Darius for the first time. After a long, harrowing comic-con experience we both went to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund after party. There were famous people… [more]

Cartel-star-trek-iiiStar Trek III and PTSD

“The Enterprise feels like a house with all the children gone,” Admiral James T. Kirk intones in his first scene in Star Trek III, the darkest and in some ways most heartfelt of all the… [more]

Urbanite by HigginsWill Brooker on My So-Called Secret Identity Volume 2

With My So-Called Secret Identity Volume 2 now on Kickstarter, I thought it was time to talk to Dr. Will Brooker again about the series, including its innovative new Kickstarter campaign. DARIUS: My So-Called Secret… [more]

Batman Earth One Vol 2“If it Ain’t Broke …”: Revisionist Missteps in Batman: Earth One

Three weeks ago, while discussing the Superman: Earth One series of graphic novels, I mentioned in passing that I “didn’t care” for the Earth One Batman series.  Now as far as Internet critiques go, saying… [more]

Love-and-Mercy-Poster-2015Love and Mercy: The Powerful Story of Brian Wilson

There are many scenes in Bill Pohland’s new film Love and Mercy of Brian Wilson simply listening. That wouldn’t be an especially unusual choice for a film about a great composer, but the twist here… [more]

ScenethatneverwasMetal Monsters: Tsuburaya Returns to Kong

1967 was a big year for Toho. Not because of the introduction of Godzilla’s son, but because it was their thirty-fifth anniversary. Eiji Tsuburaya and Ishirō Honda reunited to work on their penultimate collaboration for… [more]

preachPortraits in Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Eight: Flushed Down The Toilet

There’s a question I just know you’re dying to ask right now—“dude, if you’re talking about True Faith, why do you have a cover scan of Preacher #1 at the top of your article?” It’s… [more]

nonplayer_poster_spread_whiteborder_smallPlay to Win: Nonplayer #2

Some ten years ago I was heavily addicted to the much-missed MMO City of Heroes. My friend Mike and I would ‘meet’ most evenings in Paragon City, chat as we blitzed through missions and even… [more]

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 3_47_19 PMCommunity Season Six: “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television”

Lets talk about Community’s propensity for series finales. While it’s true that the continually reincarnated Futurama might actually have more finales if you factor in episodes designed to serve as finales in the event of… [more]

superman3Five Reasons Why Comics Scholarship is Important

Before getting into comics, I had no idea where to start, or how to approach comics as a body of work. Over the course of several decades comics have diversified into a multi-headed beast. There… [more]

Fury Road 4Mad Max: Fury Road is the Best Movie of the Year

“I never thought I’d do anything so shiny.” It might seem hyperbolic to claim Mad Max: Fury Road as the best movie of the year already, but I promise you it’s not. The chances of… [more]

Tomorrowland+Trailer+Teaser+Subtle Sadness+Acting+Britt Robertson+Casey Newton+Nonverbal Communication Expert+Body Language Expert+Speaker+Keynote+Consultant+Las Vegas+Los Angeles+Orlando+NYCDangerous Visions: The False Nostalgia of Tomorrowland

SPOILERS FOR TOMORROWLAND Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland presents its audience with a choice. On the one hand there is pessimism – our world is wracked by wars, climate change and rapid overpopulation that could combined bring… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #19: DC Presents Legends of Fabulous Popstar Rihanna

This week on The Smorgasbord: Tom and Shawn kick Archie while he’s down, pick through the blighted wastelands of August Previews, take Jill Lepore to task for breaking Rule #1 of Academia, and wonder whether… [more]

Daredevil promo ad with Vincent D'Onofrio copyKingpin, Kubrick, and Conan: A Vincent D’Onofrio Triptych

Vincent D’Onofrio. It’s a name I’ve known for years, but until now I’ve never really paid much attention.  That’s about to change. As you may have already guessed, I’ve been watching Netflix’s Daredevil, where D’Onofrio… [more]

Martian Comics #3Julian Darius, Sequart’s Founder, on his Sci-Fi Comic Kickstarter

Julian Darius, the founder of Sequart Organization, is also a comics writer. His heady sci-fi comic, Martian Comics, is currently on Kickstarter with a 52-page special. CODY WALKER: For the uninitiated, what is the story… [more]

SubstanceCoverBig-copyPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Seven: “I Feel So Extraordinary”

Those were the opening lyrics to New Order’s breakthrough hit “True Faith,” but let’s be honest—they don’t have jack shit to do with the frame of mind of Nigel Gibson, the teenage protagonist in Garth… [more]

FurryFreaksGet a Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Collection for Free Using Sequential

To celebrate the 75th birthday of legendary underground comics creator Gilbert Shelton, Sequential, in partnership with Knockabout comics, is currently giving away a 100-page digital collection of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers for free (until… [more]

6x12_Main_photoCommunity Season Six: “Wedding Videography”

This season of Community has been utilizing very minor characters a lot more than ever before. The show has always had a cast of glorified extras that would pop into scenes when a random student… [more]

All new Cap 6Capital Thoughts: All-New Captain America #6 and some contemplations on Age of Ultron

Hydra’s new plan for world domination—safe sex!  Brilliant!  Here’s how it’s supposed to work:  Hydra has created a new virus that make couples impotent.  Only Hydra agents will get the antidote, which means that in… [more]

Validation188_smallValidation: A Creative and Moving Webcomic

“Validation” is one of the more gentle, heartfelt and affecting webcomics out there. (As a side note: there are quite a few webcomics! At some point, they’ll constitute a major part of the comics world,… [more]

Fight-Club-2-CoverTyler Durden Lives! : Fight Club 2 #1 Review

For a debut issue, novelist Chuck Palahniuk comes to the comic medium with such grace and talent one would think he is an old master returning to his craft. The best-selling novelist chose to continue… [more]

femalethorThe Coming of Comicgate: Backsides, Batgirl and Ethics in Hammer-Wielding

In my previous post I took a close look at the controversy surrounding the Batgirl #41 variant cover that occurred in March. Now, it’s time to take a look at how that debate fits into… [more]