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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]

swamp-thingOld Worlds For New

What interests me most about comics is directly, the medium itself. I came to this realization by something of a hard road. Ad astra, per aspera.About fifteen years ago, I remember attempting the, even-now, Herculean… [more]