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Manga: A Reconciliation

By | Oct 26, 2015 | Longform

At Multiversity, we love comics. Sometimes, love is complicated. This is a story of why an Asian-American comics reader departed from Asian comics, and why he came back.  My relationship with manga has been symptomatic of complicated relationships between culture and identity, reading and longing.  But at some point, I had to ask myself those […]

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Teaching Comics, Learning Comics: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang (Part 1 of 3)

By | Sep 28, 2015 | Longform

Gene Luen Yang is a little nervous about his next book.  Why would the 2015 Eisner winner for Best Writer have even the faintest apprehensions about his latest graphic novel, “Secret Coders,” drawn by Mike Holmes, and releasing today, September 28th, from First Second? Holmes’ art is adept and charming.  First Second’s publishing record is enviable and […]

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Welcome to the Spectrum Age

By | Jul 14, 2015 | Longform

Following Saturday’s Eisner Awards announcements at San Diego Comic Con, comics watchers’ commentaries will no doubt note that despite standbys like JH Williams III, Dave Stewart, and Darwyn Cooke, the industry is again spotlighting its diversity of subjects, audiences, and creators: “Lumberjanes” came away a big winner, Venezuelan artist Jorge Corona got Russ Manning Award-love, […]

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Image Expo: A Report From the Inside

By | Jul 3, 2015 | Longform

As usual, the news came fast and furious from Image Expo, the sixth since the company started the event in 2012 to unveil projects and promote its brand, Steve Jobs/Apple-style. With the privilege of attending the press conferences on behalf of Multiversity, I want to offer a day’s-end recap, with a promise for more observations […]

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“Palomar” in Peril: Hernandez Graphic Novel Pulled From HS Shelves Pending Review

By | Mar 11, 2015 | Longform

On February 24th, a 14-year-old high school student in Rio Rancho, NM, checked out a copy of the 2003 collection of Gilbert Hernandez’s award-winning ‘Palomar’ stories from his school library. After returning home, Catreena Lopez, his mother, looked inside the book and found images depicting what she would later describe as “child pornography” and “child […]

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Gone in a Flash: An Appreciation of Jeff Parker and Evan Shaner’s “Flash Gordon”

By and | Jan 28, 2015 | Longform

Today marks the end of the line for “Flash Gordon,” the eight-issue series written by Jeff Parker, illustrated by Evan “Doc” Shaner, and colored by Jordie Bellaire. With the release of #8, these creators have finished their story, and a new creative team jumps on for the (also released today) “King: Flash Gordon” miniseries. Before […]

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