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Multiversity 101: Snowflakes

By | May 9, 2011 | Longform

For those of you who haven’t read Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s phenomenal epic Planetary (and shame on you for THAT), you would have missed one of the most inspiring and apt representations of the idea of a multiverse conceived within the medium (in my slightly-enlightened opinion anyway); that of a stunningly beautiful snowflake. The […]

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Multiversity 101: Comics Anonymous #1

By | Apr 18, 2011 | Longform

I find it excessively appropriate to begin this particular piece with a conversation snippet between myself and my M101 co-writer Ryan Closs: JM: Marvel is fucking with me personally, and I am not amused. Seven double shipping books (in June??) Seriously??RC: So you get more good books/month, and?JM: My wallet isn’t made of money!RC: So […]

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Multiversity 101: Sketches Anonymous

By | Apr 12, 2011 | Longform

Article originally written by Ryan Closs Hi, my name is Ryan and I’m a comic art addict. I guess I can trace my addiction back to Fanexpo 2009. I had been to my first comic convention earlier that year (NYCC) and, while awesome, I never even went into Artist Alley. I thought it was intimidating […]

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Multiversity 101: One and Done

By | Apr 4, 2011 | Longform

Firstly, I have to say that it being convention season makes writing a comic industry/culture column with the specific goal of ripping topics from the headlines so much easier. That said, amongst the myriad of announcements to arise from this weekend’s Wondercon, the one that I want to focus on happens to be the take-over […]

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Multiversity 101: The Hard Pitch

By | Mar 14, 2011 | Longform

Article originally written by Ryan Closs One of my favourite (sporadically published) books, RASL, has just been optioned as a movie, so I figured this was a good a time as any to talk about the growing trend of a) comics being turned into movies and b) comics being used as some kind of movie […]

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Multiversity 101 – Putting a Ring on It

By | Mar 7, 2011 | Longform

Over the last couple of years, a somewhat unprecedented (within the relatively short history of the medium) number of company exclusive agreements have taken hold within the realm of mainstream comics. While the idea of a creator exclusively working with a given publisher is not a new one, it seems like its becoming standard practice […]

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Multiversity 101 – Death on the Quarters

By | Feb 21, 2011 | Longform

Last week, Marvel Vice President David Gabriel made quite the controversial announcement. Apparently, after the wildly successful marketing push surrounding the death of Johnny Storm over in Fantastic Four last month (and before that, the death of Captain America back in 2007), Marvel has decided to make large character death a normal occurrence at least […]

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Multiversity 101: To Cape or Not to Cape?

By | Feb 7, 2011 | Longform

Legendary creator Eric Powell made waves this past week with a rather untoward personal manifesto on the state of independent comic books. Don’t go looking for it though, as fan and creator response to the video resulted in Powell (quite uncharacteristically, in my opinion) taking the video down rather hastily. Finding it after the fact […]

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Multiversity 101: The Last Days of the CCA

By | Jan 23, 2011 | Longform

This past week was a bit of a watershed moment for comics…and I bet most readers didn’t notice or care and, frankly, I’m gonna go ahead and say thats a good thing (for once). Even without the graphic to the left, you’d probably recognize the familiar seal of the Comics Code Authority. It’s been prominent […]

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Multiversity 101: Best and Worst of 2010

By | Jan 2, 2011 | Longform

The first Sunday of 2011 brings what is hopefully the first in a year straight of Multiversity 101’s. This article was started in 2009 here to give us a column of industry analysis and thoughts on the happenings in comics, but we grew rather inconsistent with its release. This year, fellow MC writer Josh Mocle […]

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