Category Archives: Comics

The Greatest Superman Story Ever Told

A few years back, I included in one of my short blog articles a reference to Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Zach Weiner’s absolutely magnificent take on the contradictions inherent in superhero mythologies. I still consider that short satirical comic the best … Continue reading

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The trouble with female role models

My Twitter friend, fellow “superhero academic,” and all-around terrific guy Will Brooker treated me to an advance preview this past week of the forthcoming online comic book project My So-Called Secret Identity, which he co-authors with Suze Shore and Sarah Zaidan. … Continue reading

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Transmedia narrative and zombies

While the Capitalist Superheroes book launch has basically overshadowed everything else in recent weeks, life quite obviously does still go on, and so does research. Having undertaken the effort to rebrand myself as “the zombie guy” in an almost certainly pointless attempt … Continue reading

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Tintin in the Congo: ‘not racist’

I’ve written before on the disreputable aspects of Tintin as the embodiment of European colonialist ideology and the books’ attitude towards all non-Western cultures, which has always been patronizing at best. Spielberg’s recent film adaptation, which was very popular across … Continue reading

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Alan Moore vs. Frank Miller

Comic book authors Alan Moore and Frank Miller are mentioned so often in a single breath, one may be tempted to forget how far away they are from each other aesthetically, politically, and intellectually. Both are frequently credited jointly for … Continue reading

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Batman and #Occupy: Wall Street action

Updates here have been slow, just as actual events have been picking up speed. This morning, I watched the video footage from UC Davis, where non-violent student protests were shamelessly pepper-sprayed by police officers decked out in full riot gear … Continue reading

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One-dimensional Tintin

Having more or less forced myself to go to the movie theater this morning to take in what should have been the blockbuster event of the year, I now feel compelled to reflect a little on the experience. For a … Continue reading

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Frank Miller: Holy Crap!

It’s been six years since Frank Miller announced his plans to publish a second sequel to his beloved 1986 graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns that would bring the caped crusader up to speed with the War on Terror, and … Continue reading

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More on Superheroines and Feminism

I’m back from a pleasant Adaptation Studies conference in Istanbul, and instantly immersed in work as the onslaught of lectures, articles, and conference plans has picked up right away. Today’s little blog update is therefore only to archive/publicize Laura Hudson’s … Continue reading

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Unintentionally Funny Comics

After a long, hard day of preparing lectures for tomorrow, a page full of unintentionally funny comics is just what the doctor ordered…

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