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The Grammar Of Comics In BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Blue has a straightforward structure that the reader can follow to get the most out of the graphic novel without being overwhelmed by complex, medium specific, constructs.

How ALIENS: THE ORIGINAL COMICS SERIES Takes Advantage of Its Lack of Color

Most modern comic books make use of a colorist who plays a very significant role in the final art that a reader will see....

Self-Published Spotlight: CRIME-KILLER by Brian Judge

Welcome to Self-Published Spotlight, a regular interview column where I will be highlighting self-published comics and the creators and small print publishers who make...

How THE ULTIMATES Changed My Concept Of What A Comic Book Could Be

My first exposure to comics was in the early 90s. Born in 1984, the first comic I ever saw was the final issue of...

I’d Buy That For A Dollar: TERROR INC. #12 (Marvel Comics June 1993)

Welcome to 'I'd Buy That For A Dollar' a column where I will be exploring the weird and wonderful world of dollar bin diving....

The History of Shazam: From Fawcett Comics to the Big Screen

Since 1940 the World's Mightiest Mortal has been fighting crime, but his journey through the years has been long and difficult. Several times Shazam...

ELECTRIC SOUP: Frank Quitely’s Origin Story

The strips in Electric Soup may see like simple throw away gags but captured within them are the seeds of Frank Quitely's greatness.

SWAMP THING by Nancy A. Collins: A Nearly Forgotten Chapter

The work of southern-gothic horror novelist Nancy Collins on DC's Swamp Thing is a unique tale both in terms of the classic character and the...

I’d Buy That For A Dollar: BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #4 (September 1996)

Welcome to 'I'd Buy That For A Dollar' a column where I will be exploring the weird and wonderful world of dollar bin diving....

I’d Buy That For A Dollar: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #156 (November 1989)

Welcome to 'I'd Buy That For A Dollar' a column where I will be exploring the weird and wonderful world of dollar bin diving....

Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris’ EX MACHINA: Where Heroism Goes to Die

Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris' Ex Machina ran on DC Comics' WildStorm imprint from 2004 to 2010, and sits as one of the more...

Unpacking The Destruction On The PLANET OF THE APES

The Planet of the Apes franchise, movies, books, and comics included, is packed with violence and destruction.

SUPERGIRL and COMBAT COLIN: Two Peas In A Pod?

When reading comics such as Supergirl from DC Comics it is important to look past expectations and embrace different modes of storytelling.

SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS – A Boy Becomes A Man

To an outsider, Superman is not an easy character to like. He's an all-powerful boy scout with a stupid disguise and a cheesy suit....

JSA: THE GOLDEN AGE is Really About Superheroes and Their Costumes

Comics have historically presented a complex relationship between superheroes and their costumes. The Amazing Spider-Man #50 famously sees Peter Park dump his costume in...

UNDONE BY BLOOD Is Not Trapped By Restrictive Panel Layouts

There are a lot of exciting things happening in Undone By Blood and page 4 of issue 2 is a work of genius.

OPED: Why GOTHAM CENTRAL Wants Us To Hate Batman

Gotham Central takes every superhero comic and places them under a microscope. It takes the Deus ex machina of decades gone by and asks,...

Longbox Legends: URTH 4 Holds A Key To Comics’ Future

Urth 4 is a superhero team book published by Continuity Comics, and their first issue solves a mystery about what's been missing from comics...

EVIL ERNIE: How The Wild Youth Horror Became Tame

Evil Ernie is creator Brian Pulido's earliest success in comics. A product of the Dark Age of comics, Ernie alongside Lady Death, brings about...

Longbox Legends: Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s THE AUTHORITY

Superheroes in the most classical sense are designed to be the best possible versions of humanity to strive for. They are creations of myth...