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.
In this essay, guest writer, Tiffany Babb uses the changeable figure of Loki in 2011’s Journey into Mystery to consider the liminality of identity and how it is shaped by expectations
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).
An overview of Mind the Gaps 2018 – the first annual conference of the Comics Studies Society.
The fourth installment of our Omega the Unknown double-read through features cats, bullies and nano-bots.
The sixth in our conversations with comics scholars. This time with Dr. Aaron Kashtan, discussing the backlash against diversity, fun comics as worthy of study, and how you shouldn’t be ashamed to love My Little Pony.
The third in our series of talks with comics scholars; this time we talk letters columns, graphic medicine, and keeping comics studies fun with Dr. Leah Misemer.
The social nature of personal identity in Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin’s The Private Eye.
Thinking about the bliss of the incomplete comic book serial.
The second in our on-going series of interviews with comics scholars.
Marvel Comics hasn’t published a Fantastic Four title in over a year, and its absence marks a serious lack of imagination.
Voting is a right, not a virtue.
Exploring the range of style, format, and content in China’s Special Comix 6.
A voice in the wilderness crying out against superheroic hegemony.
Brief reviews of comics released August 3-17, 2016 – including Sam Wilson: Captain America #12, Wonder Woman #4, and The Flintstones #2.
The intimacy between Batman and the Joker calls for imagining a different “last Batman story.”
Brief reviews of comics that came out the weeks of June 15 and 22, 2016, including Wonder Woman #1, Nighthawk #1 & #2, and Bitch Planet #8.
Exploring the limits of diversity in a white supremacist framework through a five-in-one look at 1978’s Marvel Two-in-One.
Brief reviews for comics released April 13 to May 4, including Dept. H #1, No Mercy #9 and Spider-Woman #6.
An overview of the 2016 International Comics Art Forum conference in Columbia, SC.
A recent Marvel story connecting Groot to Puerto Rican culture via a visit with the Thing to Marvel’s Lower East Side analog, Yancy Street got me thinking about place and identity.