Category Archives: Comics Industry

Films Seen in 2020 Part 5

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve seen this year. The sub-goals for this section are five films by Czech director Jiri Menzel, five films involving trains, five films from the Shudder streaming service (I ultimately went with … Continue reading

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Alan Moore on Writing For The Average Reader

In Writing For Comics, I came across an interesting quote by Alan Moore on what writers should do to avoid offending readers. Obviously, since we are talking about a mass audience of thousands of individual people, there is no way … Continue reading

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A-list characters are no fun.

A few years ago, when writing about Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run of Hawkeye, Humphrey Lee of Ainticoolnews explains why he prefers B-list characters to the A-listers like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. This may be one of those occasions where … Continue reading

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What Marvel’s Missing

  With C.B. Cebulski replacing Alex Alonso as the new Marvel Editor-in-Chief, it’s worth looking at the steps the company can take to regain their mojo. Some of Marvel’s franchises aren’t doing too well (The Avengers and X-Men, the books … Continue reading

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Whose fault is it when two books contradict?

I asked this as a poll on a message board that since deleted many of the comments sections. This mainly applies to superhero comics. Every now and then, two books that are published at roughly the same time that contradict … Continue reading

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NRP’s Top 100 Comic Books

NPR recently released a list of 100 favorite comic books. They’re generally careful to add some qualifiers. This isn’t meant as a comprehensive list of the “best” or “most important” or “most influential” comics, of course. It’s a lot more … Continue reading

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Dunkirk and the Bechdel Test

A portion of a positive review of Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk has resulted in some controversy. The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of … Continue reading

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This Should Be Collected #6: Karl Kesel’s Fantastic Four

John Seavey of Mightygodking mentioned Karl Kesel as one of the things he loves about comics. A major reason for that is his excellent scattered work on Fantastic Four. He also wrote the first few issues of ‘Fantastic Four 2099′, the … Continue reading

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Wizard’s Best Issue Ever!

Wizard celebrated 2000 with a special covering their favorite things about comic book, including the top ten creators, characters and Top 40 stories. It was good stuff for a high school freshman who was suddenly able to afford trade paperbacks. … Continue reading

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Critics on 100 Essential Comic Books

Years ago, I was given the book The A List: The National Society Of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films as a birthday gift. It was a collection of essays by notable critics on 100 important movies. It’s something I’ve returned to every … Continue reading

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