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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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Let’s Do the Time Warp With Marvel

By | Aug 15, 2017 | Longform

As any fan of “Doctor Who” will tell you, time travel can be confusing. With that in mind, no comic company has tangled up a big ball of timey-wimey stuff like Marvel, which will very commonly have characters from three different timelines on a single team, while having them fight a team of villains composed […]

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Top 10 “Gotham Academy” Moments

By | Aug 11, 2017 | Longform

This Wednesday saw the end to “Gotham Academy” with the release of “Second Semester” #12. For three years, the work of Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and so many others brought to life something that honestly not many expected to last. The comic direct market is a fickle thing, with the Big 2 in […]

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How To Protect A World That Hates And Fears You

By | Jul 31, 2017 | Longform

Reading comics while being transgender is, as you might imagine, a discordant experience. For a medium that purportedly celebrates stories outside of the norm, featuring weird and wonderful casts of mutants and superheroes and the like, you’re more than likely to find a cast of white, able bodied, cisgender and, usually, male characters staring back […]

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Could Mr. Oz Be [Redacted]?

By | Jul 3, 2017 | Longform

We have all been conditioned to expect that the reveal at the end of “DC Universe Rebirth” #1 was going to herald an onslaught of “Watchmen” characters popping up in our DC floppies each week. Thus far, that simply hasn’t happened. Even ‘The Button,’ which was supposed to address the great mystery, really had very, […]

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Why The World Needs More Wonder Women

By | Jun 27, 2017 | Longform

Back when I used to be a regular contributor to the site, one of the things I liked to crusade about was that the world needed more Wonder Woman. Whether this was by making snide remarks about her not having her own secondary ongoing in-continuity solo title, insisting everyone read her existing comics or just […]

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Is This The Marvel Legacy?

By | Jun 26, 2017 | Longform

This what we were promised: Every Hero! Every Title! Every Story! Tomorrow, MARVEL LEGACY Changes the Comic Book Industry! Get ready for a new dawn True Believers — one whose rays will touch every corner of the Marvel Universe in the days to come! Tomorrow, get ready for the return of what you’ve been longing […]

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Webcomics Worth Your While

By | May 16, 2017 | Longform

If I tried to count the hours I’ve spent reading webcomics, who knows how many days, months, or years it would find I’ve expended? From cats playing video games to the life and struggles of a former magical girl, there are so many comics that people have spent countless time and immeasurable effort working on, […]

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Can Comics Matter to Our Politics?

By | Apr 25, 2017 | Longform

Don’t Miss a Single Issue! In the news today: campuses prepare for pitched battles over “hate”/”free” speech as partisan groups incite debate by booking provocateurs. The US Congress prepares for its own contentious bouts in impending budget battles over border walls, climate change, and life-and-death access to health care. Meanwhile, in other news: yet another […]

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Everyone is Right: Marvel, Diversity, and Fandom

By | Apr 10, 2017 | Longform

What a week this has been. Last weekend Marvel hosted their first retailer summit since they went bankrupt in the ’90s and allowed ICv2 to cover some of the events. Then this happened: In an interview with ICv2 about the market and Marvel’s current struggles Senior Vice President: Sales and Marketing David Gabriel let this […]

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