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FansConferenceJ. Holder Bennett on the Fandom and Neomedia Studies Conference (FANS)

In addition to writing for Sequart and teaching college history, our writer J. Holder Bennett runs the Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association and its FANS Conference. We decided to sit down with him and… [more]

The NewsroomHow to Talk Like a Smart Person in 6 Easy Steps: Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom

Last year, while re-reading Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, I was amused by the references to “smart drinks,” a popular ‘90s fad of high-powered, supplement-infused juices said to stimulate brain activity.  While I never tried one… [more]

Maine Hearst newspaperMedia and Conflict: Reflections on the Centenary of WWI

Today, as I write this, it is 4 August 2014, the centenary of WWI. Or, as I prefer to conceptualize it as a historian, Act I in a Century of Tragedy. Niall Ferguson calls it… [more]

Ultimate_Iron_Man_Vol_1_2Superhero Versus Superzero

Imagine being back in elementary school, wearing a well-loved shirt with a classic 1940-esque Batman symbol.

house-of-m_posterThe Unmasking of Our Attention Span

It was only a matter of time until someone in the comic industry remembered that outside media hype, in theory, should bring bigger sales. Perhaps they never forgot but simply chose to ignore it in… [more]

Why Comics MatterWhy Comics Matter

The following video consists of a lecture I delivered on 5 January 2006 at Glen Carbon Centennial Library in Glen Carbon, Illinois. The total runtime is 46 minutes.

Superheroes and PhilosophyComics in Other Media

Superheroes have been in our language for years. Nearly every American, somewhere along the line, has been exposed to superheroes or comic books either directly or peripherally. In the least, we all certainly could name… [more]

Understanding_ComicsThe Sequart Manifesto

What do we call our medium? The most common answer is “comics.” Some would say otherwise, offering “comix,” “the ninth art,” or “sequential art.” Others abroad would say “manga” or “les bandes-dessinés.” All, however, are… [more]