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No New Comics? No Problem!

By | Apr 8, 2020 | Longform

It almost seems like a cruel April Fool’s joke: no New Comic Book Day.  But it wasn’t. It was the reality of April 1, 2020, as COVID-19 continues its assault on the world, shutting down non-essential businesses (which includes comic shops, as much as we would all want to argue otherwise), and eventually, Diamond Comics […]

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Exclusive Preview and Essay: “A House Divided: The Accursed Inheritance of Henrietta Achilles”

By | Apr 1, 2020 | Longform

Next week, Graphic Universe will release “A House Divided: The Accursed Inheritance of Henrietta Achilles,” the first volume in a four part series by Haiko Hörnig and Marius Pawlitza. To celebrate the release, we’ve got both an exclusive first look at the book, as well as an essay from writer Hörnig about how Henrietta Achilles […]

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My Comics Decade: An Uneasy Alliance

By | Jan 3, 2020 | Longform

It is incredible to think about to just how different comics fit into the cultural landscape in 2010 versus 2020. By January 3, 2010, exactly two entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been released, one of which was a meager success at best. It had been years since comics themselves, not adaptations, had been […]

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Greg Lockard on Germany and “Liebestrasse”

By | Dec 26, 2019 | Longform

Last month, comiXology Originals released “Liebestrasse,” a new original graphic novel by writer Greg Lockard and artist Tim Fish. The book takes place in Germany, and Lockard has twice been to Berlin; the experiences there acted as partial inspiration for “Liebestrasse.” Lockard wrote an essay about the experiences, which we are happy to exclusively share […]

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What Tom Spurgeon Built

By | Nov 14, 2019 | Longform

There’s a very specific way someone in comics takes a compliment. There’s a step back; sometimes subtle, sometimes pronounced; and some kind of verbal admission of surprise that precedes the one of gratitude. The best and nicest people that read or make or write about comics are always surprised when you tell them how much […]

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Disney’s Purchase of Marvel, 10 Years Later

By | Aug 27, 2019 | Longform

[Header art from Humberto Ramos’s “Marvel Comics” #1000 D23 Expo variant cover] Sony Pictures’ disappointing decision last week to not renew their creative agreement with Marvel Studios on their Spider-Man films really shouldn’t have come as a surprise: the deal, which allowed Sony and Marvel to share Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and other MCU characters, was […]

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Robin Williams, Comic Book Fan

By | Aug 11, 2019 | Longform

[Header image by Bill Sienkiewicz] It’s been five years since Robin Williams passed away. I think about him often because, to put it plainly, he was, and remains, my favourite comedian of all time. I grew up watching him in great (and not-so-great) family films like Aladdin, Hook, and Jumanji, and, as I became old […]

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The Origin(s) of Superman

By | Jul 2, 2019 | Longform

“Doomsday Clock #10” described the ever changing DC Universe as a “metaverse” based around Superman. It uses a frequent writer fascination with retelling this well known story combined with a new explanation of the evolving hero. No longer were different origins on different Earths or wiped out by time traveling, universe ending crises! It’s all […]

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“Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6”

By | Apr 3, 2019 | Longform, Reviews

Batman’s ongoing crusade against crime took some very strange twists and turns during Grant Morrison’s epic seven year stint on the character. And though Morrison’s run revealed several startling and bizarre moments (from Batman removing his own teeth at Bat-Mite’s suggestion, to the possibility that Thomas Wayne had actually paid a hitman to murder Martha […]

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Should DC Cull its Publishing Line?

By | Feb 19, 2019 | Longform

Bleeding Cool has been reporting lately that DC is looking to bring its number of comics published each month down. In December, they published just 52 single issues (yes, really – 52), their lowest number since 1991. While this is an anomaly caused by not shipping their standard fourth week titles due to Christmas, DC […]

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In Memoriam: Carlos Ezquerra; 1947-2018

By | Dec 27, 2018 | Longform

The thing about Carlos Ezquerra’s designs is that they shouldn’t work. Just look at Judge Dredd, with the dozens of little details that compose his uniform, all the bits and pieces of armor, the ornate eagle on shoulder, the badge and the chain, the little X on the visor…. And even more counterintuitively is that […]

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