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Meta-Messages – The Great Marvel/DC “You’re Imitating Us” Debate of 1965-67

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of […]

Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 23: Futures End #24 and New Avengers #25

What is a superhero? Both Futures End and New Avengers have spent two dozen issues dancing around this question, neither providing answers yet. This was an easy question to answer in the past, but, as stories became more morally complex and easy solutions were eliminated by increasing demands of realism and logic, the exact definition […]

Last Sunday with the Antiquarians

Well, we couldn’t buy anything at last week’s Antiquarian Book Fair, but we still had fun. We love the Book Fair because it’s everything we enjoy about being on a convention floor, without any of the downsides. It’s not crowded, there’s nobody blocking the aisles for a photo-op, the level of ambient background noise is […]

Year of the Artist, Day 291: Joe Quesada, Part 3 – The Ray #1 and Ninjak #2

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issues are The Ray #1 and Ninjak #2, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1992 and the second of which was published by Valiant and […]

Gimmick or Good? – Flash #80

In this column, Mark Ginocchio (from Chasing Amazing) takes a look at the gimmick covers from the 1990s and gives his take on whether the comic in question was just a gimmick or whether the comic within the gimmick cover was good. Hence “Gimmick or Good?” Here is an archive of all the comics featured […]

Year of the Artist, Day 290: Joe Quesada, Part 2 – Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issue is Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1991. Enjoy! I’m tempted to say that the increase in quality in Quesada’s […]

Tea Party: Chapter 2, Page 5

Line it is Drawn artists Thea Sousa and her daughter Amanda are doing a new webcomic with writer Sam Machado. It is called Tea Party and it is about the earliest days of the American Revolution. Click here to read the first chapter/issue. Read on to read the fifth page of the second chapter/issue (every […]

PREVIEW: Nightcrawler, Rogue Tackle Mystique in "AXIS" #6

The heroes of the Marvel U continue to act out of sorts in this preview of Rick Remender and Terry Dodson's "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #6!

COMIC REEL: Gorilla Grodd To Fight "Flash"; Archie Goes Dark For Fox Series

Geoff Johns reveals that the legendary "Flash" villain will appear on the CW series; "Riverdale" series to balance fun with Lynch-ian darkness and more.

Giffen on the "Justice League 3000"/JLI Connection & DC's New Editorial Freedom

Keith Giffen discusses the addition of some familiar JLI faces to "Justice League 3000" and his observations on the newfound editorial freedom at DC.

These fancy flip-phones don’t buy themselves, Mark

Support this week's full-text RSS feed by buying Julia Wertz's Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection Julia Wertz's Fart Party has been a beloved webcomic for a decade. Check out the complete collection, including never-before-published...Show More Summary

Comics A.M. - Roz Chast Wins Kirkus Prize For Nonfiction

"We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" earns Kirkus Prize! Cartoonist acquitted of insulting Turkish president! Growing female audience in graphic novel market!

NYCC: The Women Of Marvel Experience Biggest Panel Ever

Kelly Sue DeConnick, G. Willow Wilson, Sara Pichelli and a dozen more editors, marketers and creators inspired a packed panel room on Sunday afternoon.

McFarlane Gives First Look At Upcoming "Spawn" Animated Series

Sam and Twitch stand revealed in new concept art posted by "Spawn" creator and Image co-founder Todd McFarlane.

Warner Bros. Seeking Female Director for "Wonder Woman"

The studio is reportedly seeking a female director to guide Gal Gadot's solo "Wonder Woman" film to the big screen.

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Teaser Proclaims "The End" of the Ultimate Universe

The homage to past Marvel events continues in the newest teaser, combining "The End" with the Ultimate Universe in an image by Mark Bagley.

Martha Thomases: Finding The Big Apple

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Except I did it backwards. Last week, as you no doubt recall, I wrote about New York Comic-Con, one of the biggest pop culture shows in the country. This week, I’d like to write about one of the smallest. But first, some background and some sociological theory. New Yorkers […]

Michael Davis: I Am Static

Twenty-one years ago, five friends, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle, Dwayne McDuffie, Christopher Priest, and I partner to form Milestone Media. The Dakota Universe was born soon afterwards. There was one goal above all: to create a universe of good stories, well told, featuring characters of color. We did, and when we did, comics changed. Milestone […]

Dennis O’Neil Goes To Kokomo

Out on runway number nine, big 707 set to go / But I’m stuck here on the ground where the cold winds blow • Gordon Lightfoot You’d think, after all the trips we’ve taken, that we’d know how to get to the airport on time. But this day, we didn’t. So there we were, grounded […]

The Case For The Mini-Series

We’re seeing a lot of titles ending with short runs lately, both at Marvel and its Distinguished Competition.  The good news is at least a bunch of new things were tried.  DC has tried a lot of really interesting, even risky books in the New 52, and a lot have failed, but at least they’ve tried. […]

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