What do Disney and “decency” campaigns have in common? The blandification of culture. Covering Howard the Duck #21.
How well do Marvel and DC’s 1985 comics meant to raise aid for famine relief in Africa tackle the tragic events they are addressing? Short answer? Not well.
Brief reviews of comics released between June 12 and July 3, 2019, including Monstress #23, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #44, and Wonder Twins #5
A return to Howard the Duck after a nearly three-year hiatus from the If It WAUGHs Like a Duck series. . .
New and different, but not all-new and all-different, adaptation and change in superhero comics as narrative mutation.,
Part Four in a four-part scholarly round table examining the intersections of sound and comics.
Part Three in a four-part scholarly round table examining the intersections of sound and comics.
Part Two in a four-part scholarly round table examining the intersections of sound and comics.
Part One of a scholarly round table exploring the intersection of sound and comics.
Critiquing Thanos and the limits of deconstruction.
In the 11th installment of our series of talks with comics scholars and teachers, we talk with Dr. Marc Singer about his new book Breaking the Frames, the state of comics studies, and which is worse, recommending someone watch Aquaman or read Kingdom Come.
When manhood and nation are synonymous women just become a way for men measure patriotism.
Comicsgaters are wrong because comics have always been political, but those politics weren’t always as great as they are sometimes made out to be by comics’ defenders.
Brief review of comics released between (mostly) December 19, 2018 to January 16 – including Runaways #16, Bitter Root #3, and Fantastic Four #5.
Does the 2013 comic adaptation of Django Unchained’s inclusion of an unfilmed sequence provide insight into the figure of the black woman slave?
Our 2018 Year-End Meta Post considers the role of the personal – both identificatory perception and the labor of writing itself – in scholarship.
Everyone’s Grandma is a Little Bit Feminist” from Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #5 asks us to imagine what makes an older relative inappropriate in a dystopic society.
In the 10th installment of our series of talks with comics scholars and teachers, we talk to Dr. Margaret Galvan about comics archives, keeping a spreadsheet of a comics collection, and the importance of research into grassroots periodicals in the study of queer comics.
Young Avengers provides a fun and thoughtful exploration of the contradictions inherent to the transformation from adolescence to adulthood.
Brief reviews of recent comics released August 22 to September 5, 2018; including Border Town #1, Black Hammer: Age of Doom #4, and Paper Girls #24.
The final installment of our reading series examining both version of Omega the Unknown, this time examining The Defenders #76 and #77, in which the original series was wrapped up after being cancelled.