Comics

Comic Book Mini-Review: Jake Lawrence’s Teen Dog!

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February 24, 2015
Comic Book Mini-Review: Jake Lawrence’s Teen Dog!

Teen Dog (BOOM! Box) It would be easy to ascribe the success of Teen Dog to simple nostalgia, and it’s true that the series is a straight-down-the-middle pitch for people of a certain demographic, those who (like me) grew up in an age of stonewashed denim, John Hughes movies, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,...
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Notes On Jack Kirby: His Influence, Integrity, And Endless Inspiration.

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September 2, 2014
Notes On Jack Kirby: His Influence, Integrity, And Endless Inspiration.

Jack Kirby impacted the medium of comics in many ways: he invented and reinvented visual vocabularies, he expanded the scope and scale of the superhero genre beyond simple notions of good and evil, he imagined infinite infinities filled with spotted black energy dots and twisting jungles of machinery.  He’s known as “The King”, as...
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Compare/Contrast: Stan Lee Interviewed In Oui And Playboy, 1977 & 2014

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April 16, 2014
Compare/Contrast: Stan Lee Interviewed In Oui And Playboy, 1977 & 2014

For the last few weeks, the world of comics has been buzzing about Playboy’s new interview with Stan Lee.  It’s not that seeing Stan Lee’s name in the news is an earth-shattering event (barely a week goes by when he’s not appearing in some new commercial or movie, and it seems he’s constantly announcing...
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Hip-Hop Comics: Rotten Apple

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March 10, 2014
Hip-Hop Comics: Rotten Apple

One of Hip-Hop’s defining qualities is its very lack of easy definition. It’s a style, it’s a culture, it’s an attitude.  Common usages of the term are applied to fashion, to dance, to visual art, to film, to people, to speech, to music. The criteria of what qualifies as Hip-Hop is purely subjective, and...
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Young Avengers: Now And Forever.

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January 15, 2014
Young Avengers: Now And Forever.

Last week, Marvel Comics released Young Avengers #15, the concluding issue of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s teen superhero saga.  Over the last year, the series built a passionate fanbase for its blend of emotional drama and sweeping action, for its innovative graphic and narrative devices, and for its inclusiveness (two of the characters...
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Interview: Creators Vivek J. Tiwary And Andrew Robinson Discuss “The Fifth Beatle”

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December 1, 2013
Interview: Creators Vivek J. Tiwary And Andrew Robinson Discuss “The Fifth Beatle”

Vivek Tiwary and Andrew Robinson’s The Fifth Beatle is a new graphic novel that tells the story of Brian Epstein, a man who discovered and managed The Beatles, and built them from a modestly popular local band into the most acclaimed and successful musical act of all time – but who remains shrouded largely...
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New Comic Reviews: Sex Criminals, Numbercruncher

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September 28, 2013
New Comic Reviews: Sex Criminals, Numbercruncher

I love comic books.  I love the medium, I love the format, I love the potential inherent in words and pictures, of stories bound only by the creators’ imagination.  And right now seems to be a particularly good time for comics, with an absurdly diverse slate of titles on the stands – I go...
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Hip-Hop Comics: Jim Mahfood part one (Los Angeles Ink Stains and various early works)

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May 28, 2013
Hip-Hop Comics: Jim Mahfood part one (Los Angeles Ink Stains and various early works)

My first exposure to Jim Mahfood’s work was a single-page story in The Song Of Mykal, an anniversary comic published by one of my favorite comic shops (Atlantic Fantasyworld, in Santa Cruz, California).  The strip followed a heroic pooch named Smoke Dog as he saved an undersea kingdom by besting a demon in a breakdancing...
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From The Archives: Rolling Stone UK on Marvel Comics, 1969.

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May 22, 2013
From The Archives: Rolling Stone UK on Marvel Comics, 1969.

Rolling Stone’s 1971 cover story on Marvel Comics (discussed here) is one of the best-known and most-referenced documents of the comic book industry in that era. It’s a glimpse inside Marvel at a seminal moment, from an era when comics weren’t often given serious consideration from established journalists. It’s not common knowledge, however, that...
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Art Baltazar & Franco’s all-new Aw Yeah Comics!

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May 8, 2013
Art Baltazar & Franco’s all-new Aw Yeah Comics!

My adoration for the work of Art Baltazar and Franco is no secret. I was pleased to hear of the wild success of their Kickstarter campaign to produce their new comic book series — Aw Yeah Comics! (They even managed to covertly plug the title in the pages of the final issue of Superman...
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