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The Webcomics Vacuum

By | Sep 4, 2018 | Longform

Comic readers, comic lovers, we’ve got to talk about something. For too long there has been a subset of comics that has been largely ignored by the wider comic review and journalism community. Not necessarily for lack of trying, it’s simply an unwieldy, decentralized branch of this medium we all love. There are no publishing […]

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Beyond Wakanda: Marvel’s Other International Heroes

By | May 22, 2018 | Longform

Earlier this month, it was widely reported Marvel and Chinese company NetEase’s webcomics, “Warriors of Three Sovereigns” and “Cyclone,” would star the Marvel Universe’s first Chinese superheroes. While they certainly feature Marvel’s first manhua heroes, that isn’t true from an in-universe perspective: Marvel Comics have introduced plenty of Chinese and other international do-gooders over the […]

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What Can You Build From Batman?

By | May 15, 2018 | Longform

As we say farewell to James Tynion IV and co.’s “Detective Comics,” the last issue of which releases next week, I’m left wondering: “Where does the idea of Batman go from here?” I’m not wondering about Batman himself. Bruce will do what Bruce does. He’ll patrol Gotham, fight crime, and do other Batman things. (Also, I […]

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Marvel TV: Who Survives Infinity War?

By | May 8, 2018 | Longform

Before anything else, let me preface this with a very large SPOILER warning. If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, this will be discussing the final minutes. (Of course, the Internet already spoiled that with memes about three days after the movie came out, so that might be a moot point.) At the end […]

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“What Will You Have After 500 Years?” A Look Back at “Invincible” and How I Got into Comics

By | Apr 10, 2018 | Longform

With the final issue of “Invincible” having come out earlier this year, and the final trade paperback being released a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to look back on the series. “Invincible” is, without hyperbole, the reason that I read comics. Like many things that people find in their early adolescence, “Invincible” shaped my […]

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Fourth World Problems

By | Apr 3, 2018 | Longform

The New Gods are having a moment. Tom King and Mitch Gerads’s “Mister Miracle” 12-issue maxi series is a critical success, and perhaps not inconsequentially, DC Entertainment recently enlisted filmmaker Ava DuVernay to adapt Jack Kirby’s creations for the silver screen. In some ways, Ms. DuVernay is in an unenviable position as The Fourth World, […]

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Looking Back on Superman: The Animated Series

By | Apr 2, 2018 | Longform

Recently I spent the last month re-watching Superman: The Animated Series with my kids. It was a pleasant departure from our typical Disney themed watching habits and a welcomed return to an animated favorite from my youth. For many of us growing older with comics can become an interesting transition. Time becomes precious, and thus […]

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Why I Quit Marvel

By | Mar 21, 2018 | Longform

I’ve seen a lot of frustration aimed at Marvel the last few years and the general consensus seems to be that their comics have been falling in quality. I can be counted as one of their lapsed readers, although I seldom see the cause of my defection shared by others. How I got started with […]

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Five Thoughts on New York Comic-Con 2017

By | Oct 11, 2017 | Longform

“Just a reminder, I’m off next week for religious reasons.  Nerd Christmas.” – Me, to my assistant the week before NY Comic-Con.  It may sound like I was being flippant with my assistant about my time off for New York Comic-Con (NYCC) but the more I think about it, the more it is a little […]

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“Phonogram” And Fandom: Our Band Could Be Your Life

By | Oct 3, 2017 | Longform

Q: What do you think [“Phonogram”] says about the nature of fandom and/or criticism? KIERON GILLEN: Everything. The premise for Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s series “Phonogram” is simple: music is magic . . . literally. These magic-users, known as phonomancers, are able to use their connection to the music they love. They read radio […]

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Harley Quinn at 25: Staying Power and Legacy

By | Sep 26, 2017 | Longform

25 years ago this month, Harley Quinn debuted on Batman: The Animated Series and since that debut, she has become one of the most popular characters in comic books. She’s crossed over into the “mainstream” garnering fans of all kinds, accomplishing something we rarely see from female characters, especially those who don’t fit into the hero box. […]

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The Dark Knight Returns,The Matrix, and the Reflexive Sequel

By | Sep 19, 2017 | Longform

Frank Miller and Lana and Lilly Wachowski are creatives who couldn’t be more different. Their seminal works, “The Dark Knight Returns” and Matrix franchise, however, have much in common. Both stories were highly influential, inspiring many imitators — from “Spider-man: Reign” to Equilibrium —  that never seemed to capture the same creative, critical, or cultural […]

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Death Note: How An Adaptation Goes Wrong

By | Aug 30, 2017 | Longform

I believe in the power and process of adaptation. It can be a clarifying process that reveals the unique qualities of two mediums. How can a different medium represent similar themes? In that process, a remix can also occur where old stories meet with new ideas. Netflix’s adaptation/nominal remake of the Japanese manga, anime, and […]

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