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Interstellar posterInterstellar Wows While Asking Big Questions

Probably no director in the world successfully combines intelligence and artistic ambition with commercial success the way Christopher Nolan does. His movies often orbit around exactly the kind of high concepts Hollywood hates because they can’t… [more]

Eugene V. Debs for President, 1920The Original Science-Fiction Hero, Part 2: Buck Rogers and the Art of the Reboot

In last week’s column, I wrote about the original novella from Amazing Stories that first introduced Buck Rogers.  This week I want to look at two recent attempts to reboot the character. Whenever I talk… [more]

Marvel Super Special #22When Marvel Comics Adapted Blade Runner

One of the most interesting movie adaptations published in Marvel Super Special was the adaptation of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner (Marvel Super Special #22, Sept 1982). The comic-book version was written by Archie… [more]

Close Encounters of the Third Kind adaptationWhen Blade Runner Mixed with James Bond

In 1977, Marvel Comics launched Marvel Super Special (officially titled Marvel Comics Super Special for its first four issues). Long before graphic novels became routine, Marvel Super Special offered magazine-size graphic novellas, generally containing a… [more]

GrandpaGohanFindsGokuDBZEp01Akira Toriyama and the Japanese Superman: Son Goku and Science Fiction

There is a divergence between Eastern and Western fantasy in the modern age that is nascent but hidden beneath cultural barriers. Americans can watch an episode of Dr. Who and enjoy the languishing British empire… [more]

cloud_atlas_quadCloud Atlas: A True Science-Fiction Film

Cloud Atlas, like many works of art, deliberately eludes explanation. I’ve seen this film many times and the only question I am emphatically not interested in answering is “what does it mean?” This quality probably… [more]

scan2On Doctor Who: New Adventures with the Eleventh Doctor & the Often-Ignored Virtues of the Licensed Comic

Concerning the first 8 pages of Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Fraser & Gary Caldwell’s Doctor Who #1 (2014) The quality of licensed comics has never been higher, and yet some still regard them with… [more]

Empire Strikes Back -- space slug stillHow Star Wars Broke Cinema

There’s a scene in The Empire Strikes Back that epitomizes what’s wrong with cinema (and comics) today. Han Solo and company have fled in the Millennium Falcon, and they head into an asteroid field. It’s… [more]

Solaris3Science Fiction Doesn’t Have to be Dystopian

I love Science Fiction, whether it be in literature or film/TV, but as a fan, I’m frustrated at the moment. In the past years there was been quite a lot of product in this area,… [more]

Duck Dodgers in the 24th CenturyThe Original Science Fiction Hero, Part 1: Buck Rogers, Philip Francis Nowlan, and Armageddon 2419

When I heard that Sequart was celebrating science fiction this week, I knew pretty quickly what I wanted to write about.  Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by iconic characters from pop… [more]

Interstellar posterIt’s Sci-Fi Week 2 on Sequart!

Sequart will be celebrating this week’s release of Chris Nolan’s Interstellar with a week of content focusing on sci-fi comics and popular culture. This is Sequart’s second annual Sci-Fi Week. Sequart ran its first Sci-Fi… [more]