Author Archives: Michael Hale

The Comics Classroom: The Horror!

The Comics Classroom: The Horror!

The primal sensation of fear is a lot like love, at least in some regards. When we feel it this sensation can overwhelm us and, in a way, take our minds hostage. We see the object of what scares us in the darkest corners. We hear things which are not present. And worse of all?

The Comics Classroom: Practitioners of the Bizarre — Part 2

Few names in the field of magic and mysticism perhaps send as many shivers up the spine as Merlin. As a literary figure, Merlin has a few possible points of textual origin, chiefly that of Myrddin Emrys (although this spelling as multiple variations). Looking back on Myrddin, before Monmouth or de Troyes got to him,

Review: HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS HC

HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS HC Written by Mike Mignola Art by Duncan Fergredo and Dave Stewart Published by Dark Horse Comics Release date: October 23, 2013 Few comic titles have a steady run of main title releases with as quality story (even in the spin-off comic titles) as the Hellboy series. While the ongoing efforts

The Comics Classroom: Practitioners of the Bizarre — Part 1

Mage. Witch. Heretic. Sorcerer. Mystic. Wizard. These are but a few of the terms applied to countless comic characters across numerous pantheons of characters — some good and some evil. The characters that wield the art of “magic” are about as varied in comic history as the sources their mystic powers come from. These characters

The Comics Classroom: Our Love of Hero Teams

The Avengers. The Justice League. These two franchise hero teams have long been among the most iconic and memorable of superhero team line-ups. Even before these comic groups were linked to potential (or realized) billion dollar film/merchandise tie-in options, they were famous for introducing countless children and teens to comic books. What is their appeal?

The Comics Classroom: Beyond Good and Evil

One of the most fascinating aspects of comic books is the variety of characterizations each writer can pick and choose for his or her story. A character might have started off genuinely rather horrifying (like The Red Skull) or he/she might have been a character whose complexity was revealed over time by newer writers (like

The Comics Classroom: Green Lantern Color Theory

One of the most defining aspects of any artistic medium is the vibrant use of color (or in some cases, a lack of color) and space. While this particular article could perhaps focus on many, many comics (and I might very well create a Color Theory sub-series?), one comic in particular almost demands your full

The Comics Classroom: Comics as History

One of the goals when I set out to write for and design The Comics Classroom was to accomplish two things. First, I wanted to explore comics from a non-traditional viewpoint as an aspiring academic who has only started to investigate the medium. Second, I believe that comics as an artistic medium contain the power

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