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11-22-11 - Get OutPacing and Punch in Watchmen #2

Watchmen is commonly thought of as one of the greatest graphic novels of our time, but it’s actually a reprint collection. The work originally came out as 12 separate issues, although they were all planned… [more]

Keeping the World Strange (revised first edition)Sequart’s Books Get New, Cheaper Editions

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization’s entire line of eight books of comics scholarship is now available in revised editions featuring significantly lower cover prices.

Comic Book Guy from The SimpsonsWhy Comics Have Failed to Achieve Real Respect

It might superficially seem as if comics have finally achieved respect. They’re covered by the mainstream press. They’re increasingly taught in colleges. Their adaptations account for a huge percentage of Hollywood blockbusters. Hey, even nerd… [more]

High drama necessitates a break from the established norm.The Right Number – Rules, Structure, and Rhythm

Earlier this month, I had a look at Scott McCloud’s The Right Number, an experimental web-comic with a unique format based on digital technology. The zooming format and the forward reading convention were both novel… [more]

Or can All-Star Superman point to the future of the genre?Roundtable on Current Super-Hero Comics, the Problem of Nostalgia, and the Genre’s Future

Depending on whom you ask, current super-hero comics are either sub-competent exercises in nostalgia or exciting, dynamic explorations of heroism, adapted for contemporary times.

07-13-2011 Definition of ComicsIt Takes Two – Text & Image in Comics

So, comics as an art form! A truly legitimate art form, unique and self-actualized, with debacles and triumphs all its own. Not the bastard child of film and literature, and not just for kids, male adolescents, or… [more]

Tales from the Black FreighterFrom the Deck of the Black Freighter

My wife outright refuses to read the Black Freighter portions of Watchmen. Every time I press her on the issue, she complains, “They’re boring! I don’t want to read about pirates!”

170px-WatchmencharactersYour Guide to Civil War: The Past, the MRA, and the Watchmen

“Stop, vile villain!” shouts the Generic Superhero. “Never, I will kill my victim(s) if you fail to do as I say,” replies the Generic Villain After a tense standoff, our intrepid Generic Superhero comes up… [more]

billandtedComics Addictionado (or, The Comic Reader’s Manifesto)

Enter, mortals, and despair! This is Tact is for the Weak, the article that’s been eating Mexican food all day and can’t wait to spend the night at your place! Admittedly, comics fans are a… [more]

u xm 1Why are British Writers so Popular?

It is something that has always interested me as a British reader, and something I briefly touched on in my previous column; comics are a quintessentially American art form, so how come so many of… [more]

Mark Trail (misplaced word balloons example 2)Tensions Between Text and Image

The medium variously known as comic books, graphic novels, bandes-dessinés, manga, manga, sequential art, and sequart has been defined as the juxtaposition of text and image on the static page. Once can here recall Words… [more]

Dr. Manhattan thinking on MarsWatchmen and Intertextuality: How Watchmen Interrogates the Comics Tradition

Today, Watchmen is celebrated as an autonomous work — and it is partly on this basis that its greatness rests.