As 2021 comes to an end and the site’s 10-year anniversary approaches, it is time to think of a closing strategy for The Middle Spaces.
Drs. Brian Cremins and Brannon Costello sit down to discuss their recent edited comics studies collection, The Other 80s: Reframing Comics’ Crucial Decade
The first in our new “Critical Nostalgia” series, revisiting single issue faves from younger days, considers Richie Rich’s desire for his own future ghost self.
Cleaning up loose ends from the last year and making some announcements about the next.
Discussing the intersection of collecting and desire, superhero sex, and avoiding spoiler aversion with Dr. Anna Peppard.
Part Two of using DC’s Tyroc to consider the arc of the Black superhero.
Part one in an exploration of how the trajectory of Tyroc’s character provides a blueprint for thinking about the arc of other black superheroes.
In the final (for now) installment of the Howard the Duck reading series, we examine the duck’s shift from social satire to Marvel Comics parody.
Exploring how NYC grafitti and Gilbert Hernandez seek to DESTROY ALL LINES.
Steve Gerber’s final work on the first volume of Howard the Duck (for real this time!) feels like a losing gamble.
In the 12th installment of our series of talks with comics scholars and teachers, we talk with Dr. Rebecca Wanzo, about her new book, the difference between caricature and stereotype, and not remembering a beginning of a political consciousness.
Examining Howard the Duck #28 – when a Wolfman writes a duck man and ends up with a bomb.
“Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn. . ” as we come to the final arc of the first volume of Howard the Duck to be penned by Steve Gerber.
When it is a surprise to the editor that both stories in a comic are written and drawn by women, it takes an engaged reader to consider the actual significance.
Ten ways to look at Howard the Duck #24 – the part that reflects the whole, the whole that is just a part.
Brief reviews of comics released between January 1st and 15th, 2020 (like Miles Morales: Spider-Man #14 and Second Coming #6), plus a couple of outliers I picked up (like Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #3).
A long time ago in a world he never made. . . STAR WAUGH! Third in an ongoing Howard the Duck reading series.
A look at the past year, comics collecting present, and a possible future for The Middle Spaces
Interrogating the complex legacies of racial injustice in Hazel Newlevant’s No Ivy League and Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude.
Brief reviews of comics that were released in September 2019, including Agents of Atlas #2, Wonder Twins #7, and Power Pack: Grow Up! #1
What do Disney and “decency” campaigns have in common? The blandification of culture. Covering Howard the Duck #21.