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250px-In_the_Shadow_of_No_Towers“Skyscrapers and Democratic Institutions”: Trauma and Politics in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers

15 years ago, the United States were attacked by al-Qaeda on a day that would have a lasting political, economical, and cultural impact on America and arguably the rest of the world. More than any… [more]

Will EisnerOn Canons, Critics, Consensus, and Comics, Part 3

This week marks the final installment of our search for a comics canon.  As I mentioned in the first column, I recently conducted a survey of the people who contribute to Sequart.  A total of 25… [more]

Dark Knight ReturnsOn Canons, Critics, Consensus, and Comics, Part 2

As I explained in last week’s column, I recently asked my fellow Sequart contributors to answer the following question:  “What are the 10 greatest works in the history of the comics medium, and who are the… [more]

41986, The Year That Changed Comics: Introduction, Part 2

Over the course of the coming months, Sequart will be serializing chapters from my forthcoming book, currently titled 1986: The Year That Changed Comics, here on their website.

Dark Knight Returns1986, The Year That Changed Comics: Introduction

In discussions of graphic novels, three works that are regularly cited as landmarks of the medium are Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s highly acclaimed Watchmen, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus, and Frank Miller’s Batman: The… [more]

wolverine1982series1American Thesis #5: The Revisionary Superhero and a New Breed of Comics

After the industry’s expansion, through the use of direct distribution, comic books matured into a more intelligent and enjoyable entertainment. As readership of independent and underground comics increased, new characters emerged with dark and complicated… [more]

American_Splendor_no_1In The Beginning…#5

A Different Kind of Hero The popular preconception of comics is that they’re all about costumed crime fighters battling super-villains and saving the city / world, but of course there is a lot more to… [more]

296578American Thesis #1: Introduction

Matthew Pustz, author of Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers, argues that any serious comic book reader can remember his or her very first comic. Many readers recall a surprising amount about the book… [more]

nemoAnniversary Blues

Up and down this year. We commemorated some anniversaries, added some others. Among the first, notably the publication of Einstein’s Specific at its centennial and Hiroshima + Nagasaki at their 60th. And among the second,… [more]

In the Shadow of No TowersOn In the Shadow of No Towers

In 2004, coinciding with the Presidential elections, Art Spiegelman released In the Shadow of No Towers. It was the first time his work had penetrated the bookstore since his Maus, which had since won a… [more]

Joe QuesadaMedia Coverage of Comic Books: The Case of 60 Minutes II

Tonight, I watched 60 Minutes II because I read online that Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, popular hero for returning (or contributing to the return of) Marvel Comics to greatness (or something closer), would be on the… [more]